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Amanda Palmer returns with her second solo album.

These days, there are not many artistes around where I look forward to getting my hands on their latest works at the earliest opportunity. Two that spring immediately to mind are Devin Townsend and Amanda Palmer, because you’re never quite sure what you are going to get.

This album, the first in a band format, has 15 tracks, and I have to say that Amanda’s music has converted very well to being played by a band (The Grand Theft Orchestra). And the songs run a whole gamut of emotions from stark and slightly worrying with ‘The Killing Type,’ sad and thought provoking with ‘Lost,’ quirky with ‘Do It With A Rock Star’ and an excellent look at emotional blackmail with ‘Grown Man Cry.’

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The sounds that are used to back Amanda’s songs are presented to the extent that you feel you are part of a musical circus with Amanda being the person shouting roll up, roll up to get you to check what she has on offer. You will know what I mean if you check out her video on You Tube for ‘Want It Back’ and ‘The Killing Type’ which have just been released, the first reminding me of Peter Gabriel and ‘Sledgehammer’ while the second is totally different and is best seen rather than described. The band itself gets centre stage with ‘A Grand Theft Intermission’ which starts with a bass sound Lemmy would be proud of. Ms Palmer is also not scared to borrow bits from people (I assume) she has been inspired by which is clearly evident in ‘Melody Dean’ with The Knack’s ‘My Sharona.’

The success of previous album ‘Who Killed Amanda Palmer’ in 2008 has obviously given her the confidence to carry on as a ‘solo’ artist and not return to the Dresden Dolls as plan B. And if she keeps on the way she has done, and with the support she has I think Amada will go on to even greater heights.

Andy B

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