On Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer's solo debut Who Killed Amanda Palmer?produced by fellow piano cabaret-meister Ben Foldsthe song "Oasis" is sung from the perspective of a girl who goes to a party, slams a 40 oz. and gets date-raped, resulting in abortion and HIV. No worries: the psychological trauma is assuaged when the character receives an autographed picture of Oasis in the mail. "Guitar Hero" speaks of a couple that plays video games before "making out to Faces of Death," while on "Straight" Palmer sings about "waiting for someone to shake [her] and say Hey bitch, nice tits, you're broke but then you're rich in love. If you're already familiar with Palmer's work in the Dresden Dolls, then this affected, off-kilter melodrama likely comes as no surprise. The difference here is that Folds production adds a full-bodied pop gloss with Beach Boys-influenced vocal harmonies, strings, horns and hand percussion that serve to distract from the edgy lyrics. If this sounds like your kind of thing, by all means go.
Wed., Nov. 12, 9 p.m., 2008