4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One of 2004's best albums,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Dresden Dolls (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.