AOTY 2019
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra - Theatre Is Evil
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2012 Ratings: #307 / 955
User Score
Based on 22 ratings
September 11, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
8 Ft. / Label
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A truly special album, one that will reach out and grab you by the lapels and shake the life out of, or into, you.


This record isn’t simply a record, it’s an emotional, intricate experience that keeps on after the instrumental break.


The faithful will lap up every eccentric note, of course, but there's much here for the uninitiated to delight in as well.

Drowned in Sound

The new album is a Technicolor tour de force of symphonic, stagey pop, bristling with hooks and more than enough confidence to stare down any naysayers.

Beats Per Minute

Before imperfection was a charming result of dedicated effort, whereas now it sounds like the consequence of simply trying to achieve perfection.

No Ripcord

Nor is it much of an artistic leap forward for Palmer - the lyrics may be self-consciously (and, to some ears, tiresomely) 'outrageous', but there is a definite musical conservatism in there. 

In many ways, Theatre is Evil was unfairly overshadowed by the Kickstarter controversy that birthed it. Amanda Palmer's non-concrete method of trading with her fanbase, something that's landed her in hot water for years, came to a boil when she raised 1.2 million dollars off a campaign initially only meant to raise $100,000. The statistics behind it all were nearly poetic. Her old band, The Dresden Dolls, became trapped in label hell when their second commercial album sold 25,000 copies, ... read more
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Year End Lists

#7/Alternative Press

Track List

  1. Meow Meow Introduces the Grand Theft Orchestra 
  2. Smile (Pictures or It Didn't Happen) 
  3. The Killing Type 
  4. Do It With a Rockstar 
  5. Want It Back 
  6. Grown Man Cry 
  7. Trout Heart Replica 
  8. A Grand Theft Intermission 
  9. Lost 
  10. Bottomfeeder 
  11. The Bed Song 
  12. Massachusetts Avenue 
  13. Melody Dean 
  14. Berlin 
  15. Olly Olly Oxen Free
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Added on: September 5, 2012