Yes, Virginia...


Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Alternative Press
    The Dolls' music... is as gripping as ever. [Jun 2006, p.188]
  2. Yes, Virginia is the album The White Stripes would make if they were getting more passionate and creative with each successive release instead of lamer and more commercial.
  3. New Musical Express (NME)
    The bastard lovechild of Tori Amos and an Eastern European touring circus. [15 Apr 2006, p.35]
  4. While the first album was more adventurous, Virginia‘s newfound focus suits the Dresden Dolls to a tee.
  5. They sound more confident than ever, igniting their cabaret-rock with more crazed inventiveness and you-are-there immediacy.
  6. Yes, Virginia doesn't have the expressive range of the Dresden Dolls' debut.... But what is here is frequently engaging even if-- for a band that thrives on discomfort-- the record sometimes gets a bit too comfortable for its own good.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    Warning: Consume this in small doses. [21 Apr 2006, p.73]
  8. If it ultimately feels as if it's slightly less than its predecessor, that's because there's a sense of the band's acting out more in order to try and show how outrageous it can be.
  9. Blender
    An amped-up grotesque of torchy vaudeville and European parlor songs that starts as high-concept camp and winds up strangely illuminating. [May 2006, p.105]
  10. Under The Radar
    When [Palmer] misses, she comes off as precious. When she hits, she's as moving as anything in music today. [#13, p.84]
  11. Q Magazine
    The Dolls tighten their musical corset with beguiling style. [May 2006, p.123]
  12. Palmer's style is overwhelming: she sings her poetry with such gusto that it crosses from enthusiastic drama to verbose pantomime.
  13. When not overdone, the playing and singing are excellent, and when they want to, the Dresden Dolls can pen a mighty fine tune as well.
  14. Uncut
    While the debut was full of witty, Sparksy songs, Yes, Virginia is awash with mawkishly earnest ballads that suggest Tori Amos after a spell at drama school. [May 2006, p.104]
  15. Spin
    They burden their appealing, childlike take on Brechtian cabaret's cold raunch with so much lush production... that it's as though Palmer is being drowned by a gallon jug of overpriced perfume. [Jun 2006, p.79]
  16. Sometimes it's hard to take seriously a band that bases its identity on a shtick -- but it doesn't seem like the members of the Dresden Dolls are much interested in being taken seriously.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. BrianH
    Apr 17, 2007
    Maybe one of the greatest albums I've ever listened to, absolutely stunning music, Dirty Business may be my favorite song of all time.
  2. DaveF
    May 14, 2006
    This is like the White Stripes with more piano and a good drummer.
  3. BenM
    May 10, 2006
    I hated "coin operated boy" but was intrigued by the theatre and musicality of Dresden Dolls. Unlike most of the reviews on this site, "Mandy I hated "coin operated boy" but was intrigued by the theatre and musicality of Dresden Dolls. Unlike most of the reviews on this site, "Mandy Goes To Med School" is one of my favorites. Great jazz piano chords and intriguing lyrics. Full Review »