19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2010
To be honest I would normally give anything involving Amanda Palmer five stars without even bothering to listen to it first. I am also a recent convert to Jason Webley (having seen him supporting Amanda Palmer about eighteen months ago and a couple of weeks ago as one of the twins). So why have I knocked one off?
If you are looking for an introduction to AFP then this is not it, frankly. I would start with Who Killed Amanda Palmer then work through the Dresden Dolls back catalogue, probably starting with the self titled album.
This album, which tells the (fictitious, obviously) story of conjoined twins Eva and Lyn and their route to musical fame, is clever and coherent. Most of the songs are pretty good and it certainly makes for a great live show (unfortunately, you've missed their UK dates for now at least).
However, out of the twelve tracks on the album, three are spoken word narrative. They are quite amusing to listen to once and, of course, they put the story into context but after that you will tend to skip them. Then Chicken Man is somewhat repetitive and Sandy Fishnets doesn't really do it for me. This leaves seven songs:
There is a good mix of styles and plenty of variety in what's left. Most are affectionate tributes to a particular style. Evelyn Evelyn and A campaign of shock and awe are good; Have you seen my sister Evelyn is excellent- a sort of nineteen twenties (possibly Charleston, I really wouldn't know) tune with excellent lyrics; Elephant elephant works very well. You only want me because you want my sister is in a country and western style but don't let that put you off. My space is in the style of a big ballad or a song from a musical and works well in context. Finally, we have a cover of Love will tear us apart. This, of course, in entirely appropriate to the context and surprisingly moving (I say surprisingly, because I was expecting to hate it- some songs just ought not to be covered).
So, I really had to knock a star off to differentiate from other albums by Amada Palmer and the Dresden Dolls but an album with seven good songs on would still rank pretty highly from most other artists. If you buy this album and end up feeling in any way aggrieved by the fact that there are at least three tracks you won't listen to much then remember that Amanda Palmer makes a huge amount of free content available. Apparently, I'm not allowed to post links in a review but see the Dresden Dolls site (not being updated as far as I can see but there's still plenty there) and Amanda Palmer's solo site. Anyone who subscribes to free emails, etc will be in line for periodic bonus tracks. For example, she has just released a track to celebrate breaking free from a acrimonious relationship with Roadrunner records.
I know I have not mentioned Jason Webley much in this but he is very much a part of the Evelyn Evelyn concept.
If you are an existing fan of either or both Amanda Palmer/ Jason Webley then of course you should buy the album and really you probably wouldn't have been swayed either way by a review, anyway. For others, though, I feel there are better places to start. Come back and buy this later, after you have tried some of the other albums.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2010
This was another Amanda Palmer project I couldnt help but get excited about. Amanda and Jason both got a lot of bad comments from people about this album due to them being conjoined twins, this was a joke and nothing on the album is nasty to anyone. The music is typical of Amanda in that it is well writen and performed by both Amanda and Jason at a very high standard. This is one of those albums I countinuely listen to. Just wish I could have had a chance to see them play it live.
on 19 January 2011
I brought this being a big fan of Amanda and the Dresden Dolls. It took a while to "get it" but after a few plays the songs really begin to come alive and the lyrics are very clever indeed, relating to the subject matter of the "show". Lots of dark humour and irony, particularly on "Evelyn Evelyn" (which has a beautiful melody and great interplay between the two singers) and "You only want me cause you want my sister" (which is a cheerful ditty intill you listen closely to the words and put them in context then it takes on a whole new meaning!). Lots of different and interesting styles and some very funny moments. Whether it was intended or not "Chicken Man" and "Elephant Elephant" and absolute favourites of my two kids. We can't go out in the car without playing them which they love to muck around to in the back whilst singing along. They should be on a childrens album the kids think they are hilarious! Agree with the previous review about skipping the spoken tracks after one listen. Overall very enjoyable,refreshingly different and original.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2011
I love this weird album! Amanda Palmer is a great singer and very creative. The songs discribe the sad lives of Evelyn and Evelyn, like a dark fairytaile.
on 11 November 2013
Bought this on the recommendation of a friend and I was not disappointed!
While the sound and content may not be to everyone's taste, it's hard not to be pulled in to the world of Evelyn and Evelyn Neville. If your looking for something peculiar, in a good way, then Evelyn Evelyn is for you.