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Backstabber by The Dresden Dolls

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Reviewed on 11th September 2006.



By The Dresden Dolls

Fresh from a superb set at Leeds festival which included a manic cover of Kaiser Chiefs' "Everyday I Love You Less And Less" ("this is a traditional English folk song, so if you know it, please sing along"), Bostonian duo The Dresden Dolls return to the serious task of promoting their second album "Yes, Virginia". "Backstabber" is the second single, and catches the original twosome in rather more conventional form. Sounding not unlike pop princess Kelly Clarkson, singer and pianist Amanda Palmer delivers a carefree melody reminiscent of their eponymous debut's standout track, "Coin Operated Boy".

It's a decent song, with Palmer's endearing wit being on display ("you only sleep with girls who say they like your music"). Despite their distinctive style, the piano/drums setup can sometimes prove repetitive however, and the song does suffer (as do many of their others) from being around a minute too long. That's a minor gripe though, and one which the skip button can't soon sort out.

Well worth a listen.



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