The Hated Opinionated One

Dresden Dolls Told Virginia The Truth

Posted by Scotio on April 24, 2008

Ever since Trent Reznor asked The Dresden Dolls to open for Nine Inch Nails during NIN’s tour that ended in the latter portion of 2007, folks have been paying more attention to Boston’s Cross-Dressing Dark Cabaret Duo. It resulted in heavy legal(and illegal) downloads of the band’s discography, and purchases of the physical copies. The male portion of the duo, Brian Viglione, was even asked by Reznor to do some drumming for his Ghosts I-IV project. The self-proclaimed Brechtian Punk Cabaret band has released a compilation of B-Sides and unadded/unreleased Album cuts called No, Virginia…. Which, if you’re familiar with them, is a spin on their sophomore album, Yes, Virginia. They aren’t bringing out anything new from the bag for this(which is obvious considering it’s a compilation of already completed tracks). Still, they give you that same sound & word-play combination that you’ve come to love from them. On “Ultima Esperanza,” Amanda Palmer beautiful runs her vocals along with the sounds that she is emitting from her piano. Viglione brings out the runaway train on his drumset. With talented and remarkable songs such as these, it’s hard to fathom how people with creative souls couldn’t be drawn to this band like moths congregating around a flame. On the proceeding track, “Gardener,” the duo takes it down to a really slow and arousing place. With soft, provocative singing and metaphorically sensual lyrics it entices and beckons you to come inside for some good 2 on 1 fun. The tune “Sorry Bunch” has the best potential of actually appearing on radio stations and gain up a following for the group. The howling call running in the background while Palmer sings the chorus completely gives the band it’s first chance of a commercial hit. Not that they need it, because anyone of importance knows them by now. Their cover version of “Pretty In Pink,” is not only equally as groovy as the original, but they do it in the way they are most comfortable, making the song theirs. Originally done by The Psychedelic Furs and inspired a fundamental Brat Pack film of the same name, you have to know that somewhere, John Hughes will think about revamping that movie just to add this rendition in there. A lot of folks say that their sound works best with the group Rasputina, being that it’s noted for the similar vocal works of Palmer and Melora Creager. But, Dresden offers a more dark broadway type of style, where as Rasputina is a dark fairy tale. If you haven’t gotten into the band, and you have a thing for the 18th Century lifestyle(and, no, it doesn’t require you to be Emo in any form), then you should give them a whirl. Hell, even if you just want to try out something new and try to see what a Living Legend saw in them, give them a shot. You might just find yourself ordering 3-Piece suit with a chain-linked pocket watch. Well, maybe not, but you could end up with some good music that deserves a decent listen.




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