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Yes, Virginia [Digipak]

The Dresden Dolls Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B000EJ9L84
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sex Changes
2. Backstabber
3. Modern Moonlight
4. My Alcoholic Friends
5. Delilah
6. Dirty Business
7. First Orgasm
8. Mrs. O
9. Shores of California
10. Necessary Evil
11. Mandy Goes to Med School
12. Me & The Minibar
13. Sing

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016861808150 -DIGIPACK-2006

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I should warn you not to go into this album with certain expectations. I did, hoping to find an album full of "Good Days" and "Girl Anachronisms". It isn't. This was disappointing to me, I'd loved the previous album so much that I just wanted more. But wait! What's this? Having taken the time to actually, y'know, listen to this album, I found it to be one of rare delights and frequent surprises.

There's a bold opening - "Sex Changes" - which is equal parts entertaining, irreverent and possibly the funniest song about gender issues since The Kinks' "Lola". "Backstabber" is Amanda Palmer's pissed-off righteousness at its finest, as is "Modern Moonlight" and "First Orgasm" stands as the weirdest and kinkiest of all on display (and that's saying something). It ends with first single "Sing", which is a song of rare beauty and magnificence. Essentially a rallying cry to the disaffected, a call to reclaim voices lost. You'll be weeping as well as grinning, following Palmer and Vigilione 'Pied Piper-style' through the album's denoument.

This isn't the same album as the debut. It's a more balanced and mature work, and stands as a testament not only to the duo's musically ability but Palmer's craft and talent as a lyricist and (dare I say it), poet. And it achieves this without sacrificing the crucial elements of fun and insanity that made The Dresden Dolls such a joy to listen to in the first place.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes. 24 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
The first, self titled Dresden Dolls album was a bolt out of the blue really - a mix of musical styles ranging from Ben Folds, to Muse, with even a spattering of Toyah Wilcox. A musical land of dad rock, hip hop and screamo was, in a tiny, inconsequential way, slightly knocked off its axis by this sound of grand piano, maniacal drum riffs, and vocals that would coax you in one moment, and strangle you the next. It could be that a few may have found the album to be a little too eclectic and abbrasive.
Yes Virginia, on first listening, would imply that perhaps they have calmed down a little. The tunes are far more accessible, Amanda Palmers vocals less manic, and the whole thing seems a lot more polished. And it is. But strangely, it still has the same edgy, exciting quality as the first album. The lyrical content, whilst not for the easily offended, is borderline genius - "Sex Changes" and "Mandy Goes to Med School" spring to mind. Tracks such as "Modern Moonlight" still have the maniacal drumming, and "First Orgasm" and "Me and the Minibar", whilst still containing those edgy, unapologetic lyrics, are beautifully written. There is also inclusion of a guitar on "Sing", and is more than welcome, as it doesn't oversaturate the sound at all.
The general sound of the album is less stop-start than the first; the piano riffs are more classically than jazz inclined, and seem to work perfectly with Amanda Palmer's love-or-hate vocals. If I had to offer criticism (and I don't want to), I would say that the track "Modern Moonlight", though good, is something of a flat note amonst the other tracks, which are as close to flawless as you can get.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This album is a must have for anyone who has a wierd taste in music or just like songs that make them giggle. Having said that, The Dresden Dolls are not a band to push aside for not taking music seriously.

This individual duo mix cabaret with punk rock, creating a genre, self dubbed punk cabaret. Each song is filled with Amanda Palmer's melodic piano and Brian Vigilione's powerful yet elegantly executed drums. Palmer's voice turns suddenly from almost a whisper to full on wails whilst Vigilione cakles in the background.

Yes they sound bizzare, but thats just the beauty of them! It opens with "Sex Changes", a funny song of gender issues and continues into "Backstabber", (watch the video they made with Panic! At The Disco for this one - genius) here Palmer sings with pure grit. Softer songs like "Deliah" and "Sing" are beautifully written, where Amanda sits at the piano alone for the most part. They show her voice to be versitile and can carry off most things.

Every song gets into your head and leave you wanting more. "Mrs O" is about living during WW2, and "Mandy Goes To Med School" is compiled with comical lyrics about being a backstreet abortionist. Lots of other topics are covered in this piece of genius, each song equally valued as a masterpiece and each different from the last.

This isn't a band to take lightly, they like to put on a show and the album shows that. This album is one of the best and varied things i have heard this year and there is surely nobody that i can think of that are like them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia 11 Nov 2006
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A wonderful album. At first I thought it wasn't as good as their debut; later I found out I was wrong. The more listens, the more amazing this gets. It's perhaps not as subtle as the first album, and maybe slightly less cabaret-ish, but they can't put out the same album over and over. This one has a larger clutch of brilliant tunes that veer from the gently melodic Sing to the rocking Sex Changes, from the brilliant punk of Necessary Evil to the piano-based joy that is My Alcoholic Friends. Palmer's voice goes through fewer hoops this time round which, for her, is probably a good thing, but also suits the songs here very well. Th lyrics are wonderful, and Palmer's self-righteous venom is invigorating. I can't reccomend this enough really. It's the album I've listened to most this year, and I have no doubt that when the year ends this will be my favourite from 2006. No competition. Buy it. Maybe it'll be yours too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia
This is a fabulous CD - lots of range, a nice mix of quick and slow and some really witty lines, along with some really poignant ones. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2009 by E. B. Kedge
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
Having been an avid fan of the dolls since their self-entitled album was released, I find 'Yes, Virginia' a pale reflection of what the Dresden Dolls are able to do. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2007 by M. Goldby
5.0 out of 5 stars They're inviting you anyway
After a debut of such rare quality, there was always going to be a nagging element of trepidation mixed in with the anticipation for its successor. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2007 by the messenger
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with each listen
On first listen I thought 'Yes, Virginia' was less eclectic than the debut, which I thought was great. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2006 by S. Millar
4.0 out of 5 stars Weill bodies!
saw this bizarre duo on later with jools and had to buy the album on impulse. I think it's their second effort to date, but I can't imagine they'll stay secret much longer. Read more
Published on 20 July 2006 by Gentle John
4.0 out of 5 stars And now for something totally different
You'll need to keep an open mind for this one, but The Dresden Dolls are the most excitingly different duo that I've come across in ages. Read more
Published on 23 May 2006 by Amanda Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing this year!
The new album is another breath taking experience. From the begining of 'sex changes' with a perfect blend of Amanda's piano skills and brian's precise playing you can tell it is a... Read more
Published on 11 May 2006 by pretty_little_girl
5.0 out of 5 stars And Yes, Virginia, all because...
If you haven't listened to the Dresden Dolls before, or you've only heard the odd song, then you're missing out big time. Read more
Published on 5 May 2006 by H. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Dresden Genius
This album is amazing!!

When i heard of the dresden dolls and i read piano and drums i thought ben folds et al...how wrong i was. Read more
Published on 3 May 2006 by D. PROBERT
4.0 out of 5 stars Dresden Dolls - buy it.
There are many bands out there at the minute pushing the boundaries of genres. None quite so much as The Dresden Dolls. They like to call themselves 'Cabaret Punk. Read more
Published on 2 May 2006 by Oli
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