Amanda Palmer, 'Who Killed Amanda Palmer' (Roadrunner)

7
Who Killed Amanda Palmer
Critical Mass
Label: Roadrunner

by Shannon Zimmerman

Manic and depressed, Amanda Palmer's solo debut is either artful psychobiography or deeply twisted dramatic monologue. Either way, the album is a dark gem, a high-IQ song cycle that combines guilt, neurotic lust, and low self-esteem into piano-based tunes that come studded with lyrical daggers. On the rapid-fire "Runs in the Family," Palmer recites a catalog of maladies, including an impulse to "open my legs up to anyone who'll have me." On the sultry, over-amped "Leeds United," she intones over a slurred, high-stepping horn section: "Who needs love / When there's Southern Comfort?" On this Method-acted album, that's a rhetorical question.

BUY:

iTunesAmazon

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 YELLE — MOTEUR ACTION (SOPHIE & A. G. Cook Remix) " 03:02
  • 2 Holly Miranda — All I Want Is to Be Your Girl " 02:35
  • 3 Yak — Something on Your Mind " 03:40
  • 4 Kopecky — Quarterback " 02:52
  • 5 Ava Luna — Coat Of Shellac " 03:45
  • 6 Young Guv — Ripe 4 Luv " 32:41
  • 7 Big Harp — It's a Shame " 01:57

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA