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The Dresden Dolls

The Dresden Dolls Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B0002QXMIO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Good Day
2. Girl Anachronism
3. Missed Me
4. Half Jack
5. 672
6. Coin-Operated Boy
7. Gravity
8. Bad Habit
9. The Perfect Fit
10. The Jeep Song
11. Slide
12. Truce

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You can tell by the scars on my arms..." 14 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
Where to start...I first heard of The Dresden Dolls when I saw the video for Girl Anachronism. On one of my normal impatient days I probably would have changed the channel a few seconds later, but my attention remained glued to what I saw and heard for the next few minutes. After it finished I headed on to the net and downloaded the song, and ended up listening to it quite a few times in a row, becoming more and more addicted to it. Then, finding further songs generously available for download on their website ([...]) I began to delve further into the wonders of their self-titled album. Being ever so slightly pessimistic, I was extremely surprised to discover that Girl Anachronism was not a one-off. Ok, so there are certainly no songs on the album that are exactly the same as it or that hold the same musical ferocity, but here were songs that were as individually brilliant and special. My views song-by-song are:
1. Good Day - A superbly powerful opener in which singer Amanda Palmer declares "God it's been a lovely day/Everything is going my way". Almost a calm before the storm of...
2. Girl Anachronism - I'm not sure if there is any better way to describe this than the term I have heard a few times in relation to this: Punk Cabaret. This has to be heard to be believed. The drumming, the crashing of the piano and the amazing lyrics that almost trip over each other: all perfection. Amanda really shows off her lyrical talent here with lines that will never leave your mind such as "But I might be catching so don't touch/You'll start believing you're immune to gravity and stuff".
3. Missed Me - Classic playful piano playing with loud bursts of drumming.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is my moral duty to write this review!!! 13 May 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I hope you have read the many fantastic reviews about this album, because they are all true; the original album is a true masterpiece, a wonderfully imaginative explosion of wild music, but...

I know this is not what you want to read, but honesty is the best policy; The Dresden Dolls released their debut album last year - and it was brilliant. I reviewed it and gave it 5 stars, because it was, in so many ways, unique. But this... this offence to the freethinking music listener should be banned, along with music censorship generally. All expletives and intensifiers have been removed and replaced either by gaps, overdubbed "sounds" or what sounds like Amanda Palmer suffering a sudden attack of bronchitis. THIS IS A WARNING: This, the "CLEAN" album, is not an album worth listening to and, to add insult to irony, it has been produced by a self publicising and so-called democratic society that condones the IRA, fosters white supremacist organisations, religious fanaticism, promotes the right to bear arms (even when the same arms are used by children to kill their classroom peers), intimidates the Middle East, bullies smaller countries into submission or financial ruin, yet finds it wholly unacceptable to include the word F*CK in a song.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of 2004's best albums 15 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album about three months after i read a review of it, having not heard anything by the band. The review i read described the Dresden Dolls as Muse fronted by Kate Bush. Growing more impatient for Kate's new album i decided to buy the CD. Muse meets Kate Bush, it is not. Imagine, if you could, that Kate Bush were to have a bloody fight with Polly Harvey. It's (often thrashing) piano, heavy drumming, 12 tracks of musical and lyrical brilliance. And there's only two members of the band. Amanda Palmer sings of getting over past lovers, Lolita style schoolgirl seductresses, coin-operated boys, self harm and paedophilia. It never sounds whingey or self pitying, and is often incredibly funny, especially Missed Me (albeit in a sick way. If Keane proved rock can be done with piano, this takes it to the next level. The best tracks are those in which Palmer and Viglione beat the living crap out of their instruments, mainly Girl Anac, Half Jack, Gravity and Truce. They may be a little too weird for the mainstream, but with so many alternative acts making it big(achingly camp glam rock stars the Scissor Sisters got to number one!)it can only be a while until the Dresden Dolls are huge.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dresden Dolls 25 Jan 2006
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I read a quote somewhere that claimed writing about music was akin to dancing about architecture. True. To do it welland effectively is a huge talent few have, and I'm certainly not one of them, so I'm not really going to try. All I'm here to say is that this album - indeed, this band - is fantastic, absolutely fantastic, so do yourself a favour and get it.
Styling themselves as "Brechtian-punk-cabaret", they've hit the nail on the head if ever it was done. It's not like music I've ever heard before. It's practically incomparable. Amanda Palmer's lyrics are spectacular, piercing, occasionally witty, awkwardly honest, probing. Good Day, the bitterweet opener, kicks things off perfectly: "So you don't want to hear about my good day/you have better things to do than hear me say/God it's been a lovely day/everything is going my way/i took out the trash today and I'M ON FIRE...so go ahead and talk about your bad day/i want all the details of the pain and misery".
There isn't a bad song here. The album may take a listen or two for you to absolutely fall in love with it (it did me - but when it happened I feel hard), but if your tastes sometimes run the slightly different, this is for you. It's pained, it's heartfelt, its completely original. The vocals are remarkable: Palmer can move in a second from practiclaly screaming to the delicately whispering, and the effect is stunning. The piano playing is excellent too, shifing from tuneful melodies to ordered thrashing and back again.
I love this album. It's amazing. Trust me. And the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So different
This band is so different from anything else I have ever heard. Very melancholy and enjoyable. This is their best album by far
Published 19 months ago by Lizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars A ripsnorter.
The Dresden Dolls have been defying categorisation for the best part of a decade. Here's a track-by-track breakdown of their eponymous debut. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Miss Kirsty Neary
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable
Led here after seeing the Amanda Palmer videos on YouTube. This is equally dramatic, quirky, unique, over the top, unmissable. Buy it also.
Published on 25 Oct 2011 by R. Meades
5.0 out of 5 stars Should of broke the CD by now.
Its rare to find an album that i've regularly listened to since the day i bought it......after all these year, ak i had it on this morning. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2011 by Mr Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase for a great album!
I'm totally satisfied by this purchase. Item arrived in great condition and with fast delivery. I love the album. I recommend it!
Published on 28 Feb 2009 by M. Picoco
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites
When I was around 14 a friend of mine told me about a really great song I just had to hear, the song was 'girl anachronism' and the band was The Dresden Dolls, I bought the album... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2008 by G. Colman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Meloncholy Celebration of Vitality
Like many others I got into the Dolls through their hit Coin-Operated Boy. Whilst that is probably the most accessable song on this album it is far from the best. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2006 by Mr. R. J. Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT AND BIZZARE!!!!
OK, this album is the best i've heard in a long time!!!It has REALLY beautiful lyrics sung with real passion and meaning. However it has an edge to it that is rough and punky... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2006 by S. McGowan
5.0 out of 5 stars addictively talented...
I bought this album about 6 weeks ago after getting back into the dresden dolls and deciding it was about time I bought one of their albums to celebrate. Read more
Published on 7 May 2006 by lust_and_lunacy
5.0 out of 5 stars dresden dolls..the ultimate gothic cabaret
I first listened to the dresden dolls after being told about the song 'bad habit.' It's lyrics are extroverted, talking about self destruction in a more direct and yet strangely... Read more
Published on 20 April 2006 by lust_and_lunacy
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