The Birthday Massacre is a great act and they have produced some really great songs. Their two releases (and their songs like Shiver) have been a breath of fresh air in a genre that needed it, with many of their songs speaking on some things good, some things bad, and some things sadistic. I personally loved Violet and the songs on it, with Blue and Happy birthday telling tales that had a really terrifc feel to them (and had a dark side to them as well). I'm not sure about their following, however, because they have had to build it from the ground up because of their Canadian origins and their inability to get a fair shake from the video tree (simply watch Blue and Shiver and you'll see what i mean).
Taking this further, the band decided to put together a live album from their almost constant touring and Show and Tell turned out great. Normally I don't go for live acts in any shape or quise, but I've seen TBM three times now and have to say that they showed me a beautiful side to live acts. Instead of their sound changing or the vocals not matching up, they managed to take their opening slot and turn it into one that was purely electric. That meant that they had what it took to be an opening act, and you can see that on the live album. you can also tell something aobut the band from seeing them live as well: unlike many of the bands that are aroudn now, this is a cohesive unit that moves from one place to another. They share themselves with their fans, too, and you can tell that simply by listening to the support they receive when they take the stage and sound off. Hopefully this album will show people something more aobut them, and will make them pick up Nothing and Nowhere and Violet.
If you are a fan of live albums and like the sound of a female lead singer with sadistic undertones, then this would be something you should consider. i would say that you should buy the real deal first simply because they are what it is all about, but fans of the band should also pick this up because of the little things that happen live. Unlike studio recordings, you can hear the energy and taste the small things that happen here and there, making you love a band that you alreayd love that much more. It is something I profess to have a fondness for, and that is because the band is good at what they should be good at - making fans out of people that might otherwise find this era of music a waste. I have been one of those people in some ways unless something special walks by, and this is one of those special things. Buy it after getting the albums and you'll see what I mean.