The Dresden Dolls - Girl Anachronism I'd written off the Dresden Dolls stufio debut a while back, dissappointed by it in relation to A is for Accident, their live album. However, yesterday evening, at the urging of Garage Dream, I gave it a relisten, and came to the realization that 1) it's not as bad as I thought, and 2) it's VERY front loaded, which weakened my estimation of it. "Girl Anachronism", the albums first single is a move away from the weimar epics that still define the bands sound, towards a definite more rocking piano - echoes of Jerry Lee Lewis as an angry young woman, denying conformity, the song storms in, a tightly wound ball of fury, sparse production, disjointed, falling apart piano, as palmer rattles off a cathartic stream of conciousness with spirfire speed and timing. It's a great song, and I don't know how I ignored it.
The Dresden Dolls - Bank of Boston Beauty Queen But this track, off of A is for Accident has what drew me to the Dolls in the first place. The dramatic, swinging vocal, the slow burning, jazz pianos, all building up, the fuse slowly burning away, until you don't even realize it's coming when the catharsis hits you. The drums are restrained, promising hints of a more contemporary sound, but firmly rooted in the pop music of another era - the song is obviously a somewhat unpolished live recording, and I can only wonder what the Dolls would have done with this number in the Studio. Here's hoping it finds it's way onto a future release.