Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
Theatre Is Evil - 8FT
FILTER Grade: 82%
By Erin Hall on September 11, 2012
Amanda Palmer is known these days as much for her prolific social media presence and unparalleled fan interaction as she is for her music. Bucking the usual path to album production, she crowd-sourced funding through Kickstarter and raised over a million dollars from her devoted fans. The result is a hefty disc permeated by ’80s synth and sweeping orchestral arrangements. Dresden Dolls had always managed to sound like more than two people, but the bombast with which The Grand Theft Orchestra backs Palmer on these tracks lifts her already-commanding voice and drenches it in a wall of sound. As with most of Palmer’s work, even the upbeat tracks lean lyrically to the cynical and dark (see: “Do It with a Rockstar”) but the outright stunners here are obvious tearjerkers like “The Bed Song,” which chronicles the prolonged and painful dissolution of a relationship. Kitsch aside, Amanda Palmer is one hell of a musician and lyricist, and this album, thankfully, makes good on its million-dollar expectations.