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Reviewed by - Matt Rowe

The Dresden Dolls

After the release of The Dresden Dolls excellent Yes, Virginia (Haven't yet? Hop to it!!), it stands to reason that new fans will want to check out the stuff that many already knew; that this blend of rock and cabaret is a new hybrid of music that we've heard too little of. And it works to sparkling results. But before Yes, Virginia, the Dolls released an entrancing DVD called Paradise.

The Paradise DVD that feature several interesting looks at The Dresden Dolls by way of a live performance with pre-show, a more personal Day in the Life, and bonuses in music video inclusions. But we'll get to those in a bit.

The Dresden Dolls is the work of keyboardist and vocalist, Amanda Palmer and multi-instrumentalist, Brian Viglione. Together they produce quite a bit of magic and visuals as well as pretty damn good music.

Paradise's main course is a 10-song live performance that offers a heated version of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" directed at guess who as well as a healthy dose of songs from their earlier debut effort. The show is captured from The Paradise Rock Club on June 5 of 2005. On "War Pigs," drummer Brian Viglione gets so caught up into the song that Amanda has to throttle him back, restarting the song. It's great to watch Brian's fun even as he is subjected to "drum interruptus" but he, being the showman that he is, works beautifully through it, still providing a drum workout that rocks the set.

In addition to the live performance, the Dolls have offered a very personal look at a 'Day in the Life' of both individuals beginning with a crawl out of bed and extending through waking up, day preparations, meeting with friends, and practice rehearsals. This documentary provides more than a fair share of their lives including a moment where Amanda has to retrieve something that has fallen into the toilet. I've yet to see something as personal as what these two personalities were willing to share.

The extra bonus materials consist of two very well done videos. The first is the very entertaining "Coin Operated Boy" as well as the popular "Girl Anachronism." Both songs are also presented in live videos from Roskilde Festival in Denmark. All are treats

Paradise is audio delivered at PCM Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and provided to you in an anamorphic video cut. Sound is great; video is spectacular, and Dresden Dolls rock. What else will it take?

Release Date: September 27, 2005
Directed by: Michael Pope
Format: DVD

Track Listing:

A Day in the Life of The Dresden Dolls / Live Show - Good Day~Missed Me~War Pigs~Perfect Fit~ Christopher Lydon~Bad Habit~Half Jack~Girl Anachronism~Pierre~Truce / Extras - Coin Operated Boy (Live) / Girl Anachronism (Live) / Coin Operated Boy (Video) / Girl Anachronism (Video).

The Dresden Dolls:

Amanda Palmer - Vocals / Keyboards
Brian Viglione - Drums / Guitar.

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