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Who Killed Amanda is the debut solo album by Post-Brechtian Punk Cabaret singer Amanda Palmer, the result of the hiatus of the band The Dresden Dolls. For people who are familiar with the Dolls' haunting and well-constructed melodies and their powerful and meaningful lyrics might be wondering whether Amanda Palmer has taken a different route in her solo gig. I can say that it is quite the opposite. The musical senses brought about by the Dolls remains, but is in a way evolved with an expansion of the usual piano and drums bit, with songs including both strings and brass instruments, and the drums are not played by Dolls' member Brian Viglione, which might not be such a shame as it offers a completely style.
Some of the songs from the album have been around for some time: Ampersand and Have To Drive for example have been in numerous Dresden Dolls concerts before, while some others have been staples in Amanda Palmer's solo concerts for many years.
This doesn't affect the quality of the album however, and the songs are for the most part, fully original for those of us who haven't been to concerts or anything. The album mixes fast-paced songs like Runs in the Family and Astronaut with softer, more thought provoking songs like Blake Says. The album has no set story to it, but each song packs its own punch. Runs in the Family and Blake Says, both songs about mental instability, and the humorously cheerful song Oasis about rape, abortions and crack. Amanda Palmer is one of the most talented musicians and songwriters around today. This album is well worth buying.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Astronaut (A Short History Of Nearly Nothing) - Palmer, Amanda & Zoe Keating/Ben Folds
2 Runs In The Family - Palmer, Amanda & Ben Folds
3 Ampersand - Palmer, Amanda
4 Leeds United - Palmer, Amanda & The Born Again Horny Men Of Edinburgh
5 Blake Says - Palmer, Amanda & Zoe Keating/Ben Folds
6 Strength Through Music - Palmer, Amanda & Strindberg/Ben Folds
7 Guitar Hero - Palmer, Amanda & East Bay Ray/Ben Folds
8 Have To Drive - Palmer, Amanda & The Via Interficere Choir of Nashville/Jack Palmer
9 What's The Use Of Wond'rin' - Palmer, Amanda & Annie Clark
10 Oasis - Palmer, Amanda & Ben Folds/Jared Reynolds
11 Point Of It All - Palmer, Amanda
12 Another Year (A Short History Of Almost Something) - Palmer, Amanda