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As the story goes, what was originally intended to be a mere piano and vocal bedroom recording of material that was deemed too balladic for Dresden Dolls' albums became an epic project by a twist of fate. After Ben Folds contacted Amanda Palmer by e-mail to randomly tell her that he was a fan of her music, they made plans to play some shows in Australia, where, upon meeting, the two wry-humored piano bashers found they shared a lot in common. He offered her future use of his Nashville studio, and once she accepted, he put on the producer hat and started taking the once raw songs to new heights with extensive layering. Along with Folds, who played keyboards and percussion himself, East Bay Ray of the Dead Kennedys, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, a horn section, cellist Zoe Keating, and a children's choir were all recruited to help round out the songs. Who Killed Amanda Palmer isn't a hugely drastic departure from the established Dresden Dolls formula with Brian Viglione; strangely, even with the added orchestrated bells and whistles, it's actually very similar sounding to their stripped-down sound as a two-piece.

Customer Reviews


I expected nothing less from Amanda Effing Palmer. She is one of those rare artists who can make every song better than the first, not one bad track in the bunch. Her voice can do magic- everybody needs some Amanda Palmer in their lives. <3

Who Killed Amanda Palmer

Pure genius,from the opening piano chords of Astronaut, followed by Runs in the Family (you can't escape from your family), the beautifully haunting Ampersand, that moves me every time I hear it, the more upbeat spounds of Leeds United and Blake says, back with more Amanda and her piano, the simplicity of the powerful piano in Strength Through Music. The controversial Oasis, (lighten up people), to the amazing Straight a much better title than the working title Hey B****. AFP is amazing, her songs whether with the Dresden Dolls or on her own touch your soul. BUY THIS MUSIC you won't regret it.

Amazing Song Writer

Amanda Palmer is an amazing and talented woman. She is so different, her sound is like no other. Her lyrics are real, you'll laugh, she'll move you, definitely worth checking out!


Born: April 30, 1976 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Before she was the lead singer, pianist, lyricist, and composer for the "Brechtian punk cabaret" duo the Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer was a Wesleyan University graduate who had been involved in theater for a number of years. After college, she founded the Shadowbox Collective, a group that performed plays as well as street theater. (Palmer herself was a busker who performed as a living statue.) In 2000 she met drummer Brian Viglione; though Palmer could not read music, she formed the Dresden Dolls...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Vocal, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Sep 12, 2008

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