Dresden Dolls Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics
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|10. The Jeep Song|
Ever since taking up arms in mid-2000, the ber-dynamic duo of Amanda Palmer (Piano/Vox) and Brian Viglione (Drums) has been selling out clubs in Boston, New York and beyond. Palmer accompanies her confessional story-songs with a thunderous and shimmering piano style that rests on the shoulders of Jerry Lee Lewis, Kurt Weill and Nina Simone. Viglione's jazz and hardcore-influenced drums are the perfect foil, providing in turns a delicate cradle of rhythm and a piercing bed of nails onto which Palmer lays her raw, tragicomic lyrics. With the their new debut album, produced by Martin Bisi (SWANS, Sonic Youth), receiving accolades from both mainstream and underground media, the Dolls are poised to transcend cult status and smash all commonly held ideas on what a rock band is supposed to be. Their awe-striking live energy and singular look has earned them opening slots for Beck, the B-52s and Jane's Addiction and a tour with Edward Ka-Spel of the Legendary Pink Dots. Fontana. 2005.
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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 ›
Even if another reviewer rated the songs already, I'm going to rate them for myself, as I disagree with most of the ratings. 10 is best, 1 is worst.
1.Good Day (easy) 10/10 Wonderful little pop song! Beautiful music and tremendous vocals. Lyrics aren't at their peak in this song, but they are certainly witty!
2.Girl Anachronism 9/10 My introduction to the Dresden Dolls. A fabulous, fast-paced, ranting song. When it's the only song you've heard by the Dresden Dolls, it seems like it can't get any better than that one song, but it does!
3.Missed Me 8.5/10 As it's been said before, a very twisted and bittersweet song. It's a great tune, but I find myself begining to skip this one.
4.Half Jack (another) 10/10 Some of the best lyrics on the album and a wonderful, melodic chorus. Very catchy and tragically gorgeous.
5.672 7/10 Yes, you can barely hear this and it's merely a snippet. I like it, it just seems a little useless on the album as it is. If it were full length and audible, then it would probably be a 9 or 10 out of 10.Read more ›
I didn't like the album design too much, since the songs aren't listed on the back of the album and are instead on the inside, so I couldn't tell how many songs were on the disc until after I bought it. The little booklet that contains the lyrics though, is awesome. There's some great collage work going on, though some of the lyrics are out of order. The art alone makes it worth it, though (keep in mind, some of the art contains naked women drawings, so if you have overly-protective parents who like to peruse your CD collection, beware).
A warning to those of you who play your CDs on your computer, though. I have Windows ME and the CD didn't play on my computer. The only thing that registered was the video for Girl Anachronism. The songs didn't show up at all, even when I went to "explore" and specifically selected the E drive. So if you only have a computer to play your CDs on, be warned; it may not work on yours.
With that said, here are my personal ratings of the individual songs, rated out of 10, 10 being the best and 1 being absolute crap.
1. Good Day - 9/10 - I wasn't fond of this song at first, but after a couple listens, I couldn't get the chorus out of my head. I think it's the enthusiastic way the lead singer sings, "and I'M ON FIRE!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Music dosen't come much fresher and inspired than in this first album by the beloved (and long gone) Dresden Dolls.Published 18 months ago by El Cid
The Dresden Dolls capture everything you would ever want in a great CD. They've got excellent dynamics going from soft (almost too soft at times) to very loud and full of emotion. Read morePublished on July 17 2004
Its all i ever wanted .So much passion goes into this . They would be worth seeing Live . This cd is purely an experience . Read morePublished on July 3 2004 by nikkie
This CD has some of the best instrumental music on it. Unfortunately, the lyrics are doing to music a disservice in some of the songs. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Rayna DeLarge
This is one of the most amazing CDs I've ever heard in my entire life. It combines confessional style lyrics, beautiful vocal stylings, and the instruments alone could create the... Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Jeffrey Gowins
That the other reviewers (even journalists) seem confounded by what exactly it is that The Dresden Dolls are doing, is a testement to their art (which is what this is). Read morePublished on June 17 2004
I try to describe this record to my friends as the interbreeding of the minimalism of the White Stripes with the silky darkness of Poe's album Haunted, with a good bit of cabaret... Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by Kate Kaos