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Montreal Mirror
- May 27, 2004
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The Dresden Dolls: The Dresden Dolls

Boston duo the Dresden Dolls - drummer Brian Viglione and singer/pianist Amanda Palmer - arrive in a flurry of makeup, meds and mayhem. Their debut album balances an elegantly sleazy Weimar-cabaret sensibility with the dark, damaged romanticism of Goth and the snarling crash-bang-clatter of punk. While Viglione's no slouch at the kit, it's Palmer who carries the show with her grim but amusing lyrics and her way with a keyboard - sparse and haunting one moment, fierce and furious the next. The latter's typified by the letter-of-introduction track "Girl Anachronism," as funny as it is violent. 8.5/10 (Rupert Bottenberg)