|1. Good Day|
|2. Girl Anachronism|
|3. Missed Me|
|4. Half Jack|
|6. Coin-Operated Boy|
|8. Bad Habit|
|9. The Perfect Fit|
|10. The Jeep Song|
My personal favorite on the album, hidden among goth-tinged melodramas of self-mutilation, wind-up boyfriends, and the perils of gravity, is track 10, the Jeep Song. It's a strange little indie rock ode to an ex's 96 Jeep Cherokee - a favorite, since red Honda Civics like one of my exes drove are enough to make me cringe a bit.
I can't recommend this CD enough. Go out and buy it, it's probably getting pretty wide distribution by this time.
The sound of a piano builds up to a crescendo in the pummelling, jerky "Good Day," a barbed, sarcastic little ditty. It's not a funny song, but has a dark humor that shines through in the deceptively simple, searing "Bad Habit," the jazzy, self-examining "Perfect Fit," and the quirky, funny "Coin Operated Boy." Some songs are a little more downbeat, like the chillingly creepy "Slide," with its bogeyman line "the orange man got you." Perhaps the best song on the album is "Girl Anachronism," a fast'n'furious, punkish song about a psychiatric patient.
The Dresden Dolls can catch your eye as no other band can, with their face paint and striking black-and-white clothing. And they can back up their unusual look by being just as musically interesting, with a strange mix of piano and drums that somehow weave together seamlessly. The piano at the start sounds like a dusty music box, coming form the corners of a dark, neglected attic. But that illusion is shattered as the album progresses to songs where the piano is as percussive as the hard drums.
Amanda Palmer's neurotic whirl of ex-boyfriends, razors, wind-up boy toys (literally!), black jeeps and not-cured psychiatric patients set the tone of the album. "Sappy songs about sex and cheating/bland accounts of two lovers meeting/make me want to give mankind a beating," she snaps.Read more ›