How The Hell Did I Miss This Album?!?!
I am a huge fan of The Dresden Dolls (and of course Amanda Palmer) and I have been beating myself over the head with porcelain plates for the past few days trying to figure out how I missed such an awesome album!!
Although, I should give fair warning that No, Virginia is not an official album. Instead it is an album compiled with songs that were either left off their album Yes, Virginia or b-sides from that albums main singles. So technically, No, Virginia is a compilation album. However, I would be first to argue that it’s a full on singular record in its own right. From beginning to end it’s a roller coaster ride of emotions. In the classic Amanda Palmer/Dresden Dolls songwriting style you have a huge selection of sentimental and startling songs that range from loving ballads to punked out madness.
What has to be one of my new favorite songs, “Dear Jenny” is a great ant-establishment rocker that mixes the punk attitude of Green Day with the piano bashing skills of Ben Folds. The ride does not stop there though with the brilliant track “Night Reconnaissance” sounding more like an outtake from Who Killed Amanda Palmer.
The Dresden Dolls signature jarring numbers finally comes in the form of the track “Lonesome Organist Rapes Page-Turner“. I mean….it’s right there in the title.
Lonesome Organist Rapes Page-Turner:
For the ears of the listener though, a few mellow tracks are put throughout the album. Tracks like the 7 minute epic “Boston” and the eerie “The Gardener” supply perfect building points for the energy of songs to come.
The interesting choice for this whole shebang comes in the form of a surprising cover. To show just how far their influences range, both Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione decide to cover the 80’s classic “Pretty In Pink” by The Psychedelic Furs both updating it and adding a tinge of originality.
Pretty In Pink:
No, Virginia is a great album and companion to Yes, Virginia that I was delighted to stumble upon. This is definitely a record to blast your speakers and rock out. You can check out the playlist below and don’t forget to sing along!!