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No, Virginia... (Bonus Track Version)

The Dresden Dolls

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Album Review

Considering that it's an album of leftovers — one B-side from Yes, Virginia..., four unreleased recordings, one old demo, a cover, and five new recordings, to be exact — the songs on No, Virginia... are unexpectedly strong. Comprised of material from five years together as a duo, these are the numbers that were left off the Dresden Dolls' prior releases because, according to singer/pianist Amanda Palmer, she tends to shy away from her pop side. This definitely seems to be the case, as the pop sensibilities on this record are more exposed, and shining brighter than ever before. When compared to the edgier numbers on the first two albums, the majority of tunes feel like potential singles: a strange concept for a punk cabaret group. But it's a kinder, gentler burlesque show this time around. A demo of "Mouse and the Model" shows off Palmer's delicate side, with her husky boisterousness forgone for weary swooning, as does "Boston," a slow building power ballad that by all means should have made the cut of Yes, Virginia... had it not overextended the running time. In fact, all of the new songs, which were recorded with the previous album's producer Sean Slade, could have blended into the mix of songs on the similarly themed and produced Yes, Virginia... if not for the fact that they were just too upbeat, with interfering big melodies and major chord progressions. That's the strange world of the Dresden Dolls. One where the powerful catchy hooks get the axe, while the more somber and obscured tracks make the cut. It also exposes the primary problem with trying to establish yourself as an originator of your own "Brechten" genre: if the songs aren't baroque enough, they get tossed and replaced with the ones that are more defining of your character. Luckily, the discarded gems finally found a home, rewarding fans with some of Palmer and Brian Viglione's most intimate and accessible moments, along with a solid cover of "Pretty in Pink" originally released on a John Hughes-inspired High School Reunion compilation.

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Amazing

If this is made up of songs they didn't want you to hear then all other bands might as well give up now. Why The Dresden Dolls want to under sell this work of genius is lost on me. "Dear Jenny" and "Night Reconnaissance" are typical Dolls, intelligent lyrics with melody to die for. "Sorry Bunch" is the song that Morrissey would love to write. And "Boston" is the first track to bring a tear to my eye in a very very long time. This is not just a fan only filler before the next big album THIS IS THE NEXT BIG ALBUM.

It breaks my heart...

As a huge fan who has seen these guys several times... I was sad when I heard this... If you're buying the (physical) CD it comes printed with the apology 'we were young, we needed the money'... that says it all really - its a cashcow made of the languishing entrails of 'Yes, Virginia', as these are B sides most fans will have the majority of them already... you pays your money you takes your chance.... BUT! I've just logged on I-tunes for the *first time* to get a hold of the I-tunes only bonus tracks... I'd still lick the ground that Amanda walks on, and I'll still go see her at the ICA in August... if this generates the pocket money they need to incubate another genius album like their previous then I'm all for it. maybe I'm a mug.... :o) I dont think so... DDolls fans are in it for the long haul right?

Amazing

You can't tell from listening that it's an album of b-sides and old songs. It's got the catchiness of Yes, Virginia and the depth of their debut, only with better production! I would definitely recommend this, and not only to lovers of piano music and punk cabaret. It's much more accessible than some of their other work, with more of a 'pop' feel.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A variety of noteworthy groups were active on the Boston music scene in the late '90s and early 2000s — groups ranging from retro-soul/funk band Superhoney to the quirky, '80s-minded synth pop/new wave trio Freezepop to the hard-to-categorize Moonraker (who have since moved to New York City). But the most unique and intriguing group to come out of Boston during that period may very well have been the Dresden Dolls, a highly unorthodox duo consisting of lead singer/pianist Amanda Palmer (who...
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  • £9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative, Vocal, Punk
  • Released: 19 May 2008

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