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Drama queen and former Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer will do almost anything to get your attention ... and, oh yeah, she makes the kind of music that makes one sit up and listen. We don’t mean “drama queen” as a pejorative: Palmer’s theatrical background colors her distinct brand of cabaret rock, and her graceful punches and surprise curveballs hit their targets seemingly without effort. On Theatre Is Evil, the gifted songwriter and pianist hones her melodic strategies and affinity for new wave–ish hooks, and she directs a cast of contributors who deliver runaway horns, crashing guitars, glowering bass, and cinematic strings. Palmer’s lyrical prowess stings and tickles: “Are you really sure you wanna go/When you can do it with a rock star?” she begs on the title track. “I couldn’t kill/to save a life,” she swears on “The Killing Type,” a hugely hooky, radio-ready song that swerves between the hiccupy Lene Lovich of the new wave era and the swaggering, swaying emo pop of Tori Amos. Theatre Is Evil may indeed be a bit wicked; it’s also massively rewarding.

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Albums don't come this EPIC

Been a longtime Dresden Doll, Amanda Palmer, AFP fan. And this album is as good as you've heard it was... Actually it's better. This is the crowning achievement in the crown of Palmers. I'd rank it higher than any previous solo effort... And yes probably over any Dresden album. It's something entirely all of its own. Music like this isn't made anymore, it just isn't. It transcends genre. There's something here for EVERYONE. Whether you're a fan of palmers cabaret work, her rock star status, her dancey pop tendencies, her heart wrenching torch songs, it's all here and more. One minute you're in a post apocalyptic war zone, the next you're in a Berlin nightclub, then you're at an 80's prom, dancing in the front row of a pop princess concerts, and then alone in a bedroom crying. I can't stop listening or gushing... And it only gets better with each listen. Bravo Amanda and Grand Theft Orchestra. Bravo


Pick it up, download it on her site, pay what you can, pay for it later, just listen to it.

Go to a show if you can. The tour is the real icing on the cake with this album. She will take your breath away, and make you laugh, cry, and dance. She will make you CRANCE.


Team Peace Twig forever baby ;)


This album will put you in a good mood and solve all your problems.


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 "Brecht-ian 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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