Somehow it doesn't seem possible that this is only Dresden Dolls second album, and that it's been three years since their last one -- between signing to Roadrunner, getting nekkid for the Kaiser Chiefs and Conor Oberst, scoring a staging of A Clockwork Orange, opening for NIN, actually playing in Dresden, and faking iBrator orgasms, they've barely been off the radar since their infamous curse-killing Rumble win back in '03. For Boston audiences, then, this won't seem like much, but at least in blogland, people seem to be genuinely stoked -- even when they're begrudgingly so -- for the release next month of Yes, Virginia. Amanda's solo shows, and her wide-ranging covers selection, have drawn the interest of heavyweights like Stereogum and Copy, Right?, and Fluxblog posted up "My Alcoholic Freinds" a couple weeks ago. (A long way from her first solo gig, back when Phoenix editors were throwing dollar bills at her in Harvard Square.)
Since the Dolls recently gave the thumbs-up to recording/sharing live shows, and since they've been playing some of these songs for several years already, you've got no excuse for not knowing all the words. (The Boston blog RBally recently posted a few songs from a BBC radio session.) Check the clean, no-bullshit production by Slade and Kolderie, and also note that the songwriting is not leaning on the cabaret schtick anymore: in case you didn't get the memo from their covers of "War Pigs" and "Such Great Heights," they're more interested now in provoking than in evoking, which is a pretty damn good sign.
From the Roadrunner offices, the singles: "Sing," the album closer, is also the first to radio; "Dirty Business" is slated to get rolled out later.
LISTEN: Dresden Dolls, "Sing" (stream) LISTEN: Dresden Dolls, "Dirty Business" (stream)