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Asbury Park Press - April 1, 2005


MUSIC: BRILLIANT DISGUISE
Dresden Dolls like to dress up
by ALAN SCULLEY

When the Lollapalooza tour was canceled last summer, one of the bigger casualties would seem to have been the Dresden Dolls.

For an emerging act like the Dresden Dolls, Lollapalooza promised to be quite a coming out party — a chance each day for the Boston-based duo to play in front of thousands of people who otherwise might never be introduced to the group's dynamic live show.

The duo of pianist/singer Amanda Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione were even planning to have several performance artists join in the festivities, making their Lollapalooza appearances a different event from their usual headlining shows.

Palmer, though, said she wasn't as crushed as one might expect when Lollapalooza was abruptly canceled due to poor advance ticket sales. "We were not as disappointed as one might think when Lollapalooza got canceled because our schedule at that moment when we found out was starting to look so daunting," Palmer said. "Knowing that we were just going to have a few more extra weeks off was actually, it seemed like a real blessing in disguise."

Though their new self-titled debut CD on Roadrunner Records this spring is impressive in its own right, the Dresden Dolls are truly a band that needs to be experienced live to appreciate the full impact of their artistry.

What the CD doesn't prepare audiences for is the visual/theatrical facet of the Dresden Dolls.

The effect begins with stage attire that includes painted faces and eye-catching costumes. The look complements a theatrical and raucous performance style that find Palmer and Viglione completely immersed in the emotional power of their music.