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  • Summary: The debut album for the Dresdan Dolls singer was produced with Ben Folds.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
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  1. The album's not for everyone, but if her sound is to your taste, then it will prove a rewarding, delectable, necessary thing: one of this year's most consistently interesting albums.
  2. Like strong coffee, it's not for everyone - this is an album that follows Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'What's the Use of Wond'rin' with a distressingly jaunty teen's-eye tale of abortion and Britpop--but it packs a mighty punch.
  3. This disc is more fun than leafing through a schizophrenic's case history and twice as loud--and this reviwer can't wait for the sequel. [Oct 2008, p.158]
  4. Aside from a few tedious moments, that's no reason to complain.
  5. In truth Who Killed Amanda Palmer spans a decade of songwriting, and by 'Leeds United' the disc has revealed itself as a broad collection of rich character studies born of Palmer's lyrical acuity, likely laced with personal touches that nudge some of the material toward the at least loosely autobiographical.
  6. Palmer has made a record that sounds not like the latest from Brechtian punk cabaret's leading light, but the thoughtful debut from an invigorated artist, striking out from the valley of the Dolls.
  7. Without Viglione as a foil, the songs on Palmer's solo debut seem to have lost some delicacy and character. [Fall 2008, p.78]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. Nov 1, 2010
    This is an incredible album. Amanda Palmer delivers again, and her songs pack as much punch as they do on the Dresden Dolls albums. The songwriting is pure genius...you get unexpected, hook laden melodies, crashing piano, subtle emotional ballads and black humor. Lyrically, Palmer presents us with an honesty that is almost heartbreaking and sometimes cruelly sarcastic. All in all, you will not walk away from this album disappointed or unmoved. Expand
  2. HankL
    Apr 12, 2009
    Absolutely stunning. Haven't felt this way since I first heard Devil Doll.
  3. QueueThree
    Apr 30, 2009
    Amanda Palmer has to be one of the best lyricists of this recent century. I'd rate this ten even if it didn't have any music, it was just a recorded poetry reading. The outstandingly spectacular music only serves to top off this amazing offering. Expand
  4. OwenP
    Sep 18, 2008
    This album is one of those albums that grabs you as soon as you start listening to it. Amazing percussion and piano. Reminds me a lot of Arcade Fire, but with more impassioned (almost angry) lyrics. She has a great voice which covers a wide spectrum. Very good. Collapse
  5. EricD.
    Sep 24, 2008
    What a gem Amanda Palmer is! AMAZING body of work! A tour de force - she's hafe a Doll but twice the punch sonically - and I feel The Dresden Dolls are genius! Who Killed Amanda Palmer is album of the year by far! Stand out tracks: Astronaut, Runs In The Family, Leeds United, Ampersand, Gutiar Hero, The Point Of It All. Expand
  6. GaryS
    May 25, 2009
    I can't get enough of this album. It does take a few listens to reaveal itself but when it does, it's amazing. This is my album of the year so far. Although, I haven't thought that through yet but right now this is. Expand
  7. WallyS
    Sep 26, 2008
    This album will make you feel something. Palmer knows how to draw the listener in and become part of each of her songs. I laugh and I cry when listening to these songs. You can't listen and not have a reaction. Expand

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