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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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Wonderful surprise.

I was in Target today (September 17, 2008) just browsing through the cd's and stumbled upon this one. I've never heard of Amanda Palmer before but I had heard of The Dresden Dolls. Originally I was attracted by the cover art then, I read the sticker. The sticker on the album read, "The DEBUT SOLO album from Amanda Palmer of crittically acclaimed The Dresden Dolls." So I thought, "Hmm... why not? It's twelve bucks it seems like something I would like." and I am happy to say I am right. I really enjoyed this album all the way through. It's like nothing I've ever really heard before but it's really good. I'm so happy I came to find this wonderful album.

if you can only buy one album, get this one.

every song is different. every song is a unique beautiful mix of her voice and her piano. every song rips your heart out, kisses it and/or squeezes it and shoves it back in you chest. it just HAS to be heard! i wish i could rate it on more than a 5 star scale.


To be honest, I haven't really listened to the Dresden Dolls over the past couple years. Although after I picked this up at my local Bull Moose I have purchased their two efforts. Who Killed Amanda Palmer, originally intended to be a small, muted affair, became a dramatic piece of music that seems to blend the emotional rawness of Tori Amos' Little Earthquakes and the theatrical sound of From the Choirgirl Hotel. Amanda Palmer has easily become one of my favorite artists this year. From beginning to end, WKAP is a succinct, 12 song collection comprised of some old songs that Palmer played live and some new tracks that had never seen the light of day. As stated before, WKAP was originally meant to be, as Palmer herself states, "record-in-in-my-underwear-in-my-apartment-in-boston" sort of compilation. Then the magical Ben Folds came along and said that he was a fan of her band and then BAM! He's co-producing her new album and bringing in ALL sorts of guests. Doing research on the two of them [because I honestly don't listen to Ben Folds either!], it was really surprising to see that these two are quite different in style! Amanda has a darker, more stripped voice that brings to mind PJ Harvey and Marianne Faithfull while Ben Folds seems more like...Coldplay and Snow Patrol. This collaboration could have been a disaster, but ended up making this release one of the hottest releases in 2008. [This year has been a fantastic year for music!] Overall, I have never felt such a strong bond to an album since Little Earthquakes. Like Amos' 1992 debut, Palmer has created an album that's breathtakingly honest, blunt, and ambitious. I haven't been been able to stop listening to it. And trust me, if you like Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, or Rachael Yamagata, you will LOVE this album!


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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative, Vocal
  • Released: Sep 12, 2008
  • Parental Advisory

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