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Amanda Palmer is one half of the Boston cabaret-punk duo the Dresden Dolls, and on her solo debut one only wonders what took her so long to take the stage alone. Palmer possesses a distinctly unusual and memorable voice, a penchant for sly, stinging lyrics (“who needs love when there’s the “Dukes of Hazard’?!”) and elocutionary gymnastics, and her intimate knowledge of what makes a piano work is stunning. If you’ve not given her or the Dolls a chance, you must. Clearly channeling spirits past (vintage Lou Reed and David Bowie, Nina Hagen, Kurt Weill, and the late Klaus Nomi), Palmer is storyteller, musician and creative visionary. Many of the tracks from Who Killed Amanda Palmer have been set to video and although they don’t tell one cohesive story, they work together as separate pieces connected by threads of theme (misfits, obsession, death, sex & love). More than half the songs are spare, powerful ballads, while on other tracks Palmer’s furious piano attacks and bursts of staccato drums, keyboards, strings and occasional guitars are full of dark energy. Ben Folds is here as producer and collaborator, and the end product is evidence of two great minds coming together in spectacular, full color fireworks.

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Stunning solo debut that doesn't let down

Amanda Palmer finally released her solo debut! (and on my birthday at that). This solo album provides a stunning musical and lyrical experience that is similar to the Dresden Dolls, but more diverse. Amanda Palmer collaborates with Ben Folds and other great musicians on this album to create a compelling mixture of piano, guitar, horns, strings, and assorted precussive instruments. This album is rich with brilliant and epic melodies. You can tell right off the bat with "Astronaut" that the album is going to be an album to remember. It's hard to pick a favorite song, but I would have to say that either "Astronaut" or "Blake Says" are my favorites. "Guitar Hero" is a great new sound for Amanda as she teams up with East Bay Ray of, yes, the infamous Dead Kennedys. I wish iTunes would mention that collaboration on the track title. Even though she has a big following online, she has yet to reach the success level she deserves. The bottom line is that this album is on my list for best albums of 2008. I listen to this album back to back because it is just that good. Dark and thought-provoking lyrics are delivered at a theatrical level that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats. The music is exciting and just plain impressive. If you like the Dresden Dolls you will naturally love this album. New listeners will also find this original music refreshing compared to many other bands. I could go on all day, but you have some listening to do...BUY THIS ALBUM!!!

Who Killed Amanda Palmer more than provides

From Astronaut to Another Year, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, is an epic album that takes you through the lows and highs of a disjointed life that many of us can connect to. Amanda Palmer brings out some of life's unfortunate happenings in ways that can make you almost laugh. The track "Oasis" follows the story of a girl who was date-raped, in only the way Miss Palmer can, by including Beach Boy like harmonies. "Runs in the Family" easily portrays the young adult's feelings of the family they are starting to outgrow. "Ampersand" is a love's disjointed aspects fully realized. Ben Folds' production of this album makes what was going to be a "made-in-a-bedroom" album into a album full of punches. The orchestration throught the album is sublime.

Powerful and Amazing

Amanda Palmer's lyrics have always been very powerful, and her solo album is no differant. If you like The Dresden Dolls at all, you will love this. If you don't like The Dresden Dolls at all, you will probably still love this. Amanda Palmer is pretty much able to bring the inner angst out in everyone, even if you think you don't have any inner angst.


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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