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Dresden Dolls Explicit Lyrics, Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 7 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B0001XARKE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Good Day
2. Girl Anachronism
3. Missed Me
4. Half Jack
5. 672
6. Coin-Operated Boy
7. Gravity
8. Bad Habit
9. The Perfect Fit
10. The Jeep Song
11. Slide
12. Truce

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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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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
Old porcelain toys are what come to mind when you hear the name of the "Dresden Dolls." But their faces and their music sure won't make you think of toys. It's very different from what I had expected, with its raw lyrics and complex piano'n'drums music, and left me expecting future great things from the most original new group in eons.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Amanda Palmer truly makes a statement with her beautifully written melodies concerning her story book past. The first track, "Good Day" can no greater define the way that an album should introduce you to a new sound of musical talent. The song could be considered "pop" if you really pushed the buttons, however the truth stands that the Dresden Dolls are far from entering the mainstream culture. Tracks like "Missed Me" and "672" gave me goosebumps for their intensely-stricken perfection. Amanda's melancholic, cabaret-style vocals are both amazing in her range of harmonies displayed in tracks like "Pefect Fit" and my personal favorite "Bad Habit" (such a cute little song about an infamousely mistaken fetish). I could go down the list and give a detailed explination of the beauty of each and every song, however it would be a waste of time to talk such nonsense and opinionated critiquing. Just know that I ONLY listen to the Dresden Dolls now that I own the album. Best thing I've heard in years. I have the priviledge of seeing them next month in Hollywood, so I'll get to see the gorgeous Amanda up close in storytelling mode. If you enjoy Goth Rock, Rasputina, you'll love this band.
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This album is amazing, as other reviews have already stated. How can anyone go wrong with extremely original, dark pop songs with a good sense of humor? Honestly, you can't. Some of the songs, such as "Truce" are long (just over 8 minutes of music) but aren't a second longer than they need to be, in my opinion. Each song from the fuzzy and almost indecipherable "672" to the majestic "Coin-Operated Boy" are perfectly crafted AND produced. The way I see it, "672" sounds the way the band wanted it too, and it's a good, almost cryptic snippet. I find that "Missed Me" sounds fine, too, the "volume issues" are merely in the singer's voice and the instrumentation getting louder and softer.
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.
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This album is amazing. The Dresden Dolls is a band that creates songs with my two favorite instruments: piano and drums. The songs are amazing, "demented" only beginning to describe their sound. I recommend that everyone at least give them a listen, keeping an open mind since their music really doesn't fit inside the restrictions of a particular genre.
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!
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