No, Virginia... - Dresden Dolls
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  • Summary: The Boston duo's third album contains songs from recording sessions, b-sides, and songs left over from 2006's "Yes, Virginia..."
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  1. No, Virginia ranks with Elvis Costello’s "Taking Liberties" as a B-sides/leftovers album that turns out to be more fun and more revealing than a thought-out official release.
  2. Given the collection's remarkable cohesion, No Virginia works as a proper third album, instead of merely being a companion piece to the previous disc. [July 2008, p.170]
  3. Considering that it's an album of leftovers--one B-side from "Yes, Virginia...," four unreleased recordings, one old demo, a cover, and five new recordings, to be exact--the songs on No, Virginia... are unexpectedly strong.
  4. As it is, though, it’s a very respectable compilation by one of the more clever bands in indie rock today, good enough to keep the Dresden Dolls’ fans satisfied for another year.
  5. The turbulent choruses, allusive wordplay and pounding piano interludes faithfully hew to the self-defined subgenre Brechtian-punk cabaret.
  6. Considering the album's disparate origins, its slightly disjointed feel makes sense but doesn't keep it from being a solid must-have for fans.
  7. Hopefully, the band will release new material soon, but No, Virginia is a good snack before the next meal.

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  1. DanielC.
    Jun 2, 2008
    Although some of these are outakes and B-sides from the Yes, Virginia sessions I actually like this album more than I like Yes, Virginia. Most of the songs are really good and the couple of songs that aren't my favorites still have their moments. Good Stuff. Expand
  2. EricD.
    May 27, 2008
    Amanda and Brian make leftovers a tasty treat! This is such a great body of work. I try to listen to it not thinking about b-side or cut tracks. I just hear what I fell in love with years ago - the best damn fresh sound since Nirvana! Cheers to The Dresden Dolls, may their road be long. Go get all the albums right now - you'll thank me! :) Expand
  3. psychoman
    Jun 1, 2008
    To use a tried-and-true phrase: Lesser bands could make a career out of the B-sides of the Dresden Dolls. Some of the material sounds under-rehearsed and stays one step behind the tightly-knit performances of Yes, Virginia, but Amanda and Brian shine throughout with their unique take on things pop and not pop. Subversive without being tiresome, ironic without descending into sarcasm, catchy but never trite - and thank you for the nostalgic walk down pretty-in-pink lane, which never fails to make me smile. Time to count the weeks til Amanda's solo album comes out. Expand
  4. ClarkC
    Jun 1, 2008
    WOW these guys are screwed up... wait they ARE guys right? p.s. it gets a 1 just because it isnt rap.