CD review: Theater is Evil - Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra

Last updated 05:00 04/11/2012

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Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra

Former caberet Goth-punk queen of the Dresden Dolls Amanda Palmer has already proven herself the leading exponent of avant guard pop and a damned passionate - and frequently naked - songwriter.

For her third solo album she's raised a couple of million dollars via crowd-funding, recruited three new-new-romantic boys courtesy of the grand theft orchestra and targeted 80s indie pop for her brand of weirdo hook-laden makeover.

The result is darkly camp, intelligent and city-loft-apartment cool. Like a burlesque night set to Kid A.

Plenty of people are trying to make this type of music at the moment but few are matching it with such intensely perfect lyrics and providing it with such a cutting-edge art scene.

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