Amanda Palmer – Amanda Palmer Performs Radiohead (On Her Magical Ukulele)
I bought this on a whim, because I like radiohead. My lovely wife likes Dresden Dolls, so she was curious about it too. I also snagged this because it said, on her web site, that there wouldn’t be more of these printed and I wanted to be sure to get my copy before they were gone.
Well, apart from the fact that it’s yet another artist riding the weird little ukulele wave that has happened recently (thanks, Eddie Vedder), it’s exactly what you think it is. Amanda Palmer. A ukulele. Six radiohead songs.
Four of the tracks do add a piano, Exit Music (For A Film) doesn’t even have a ukulele in it – not that I could hear, anyway. And the version of Creep required me to turn the volume down – when she starts the wailing it’s pretty shrill. But it’s still interesting, in that 40s/50s-singers sort of way.
And how does it sound, overall? Actually pretty damn good. It flows well enough. A fun little EP, and an odd little curio. Glad I picked it up.
Tracks: Fake Plastic Trees / High And Dry / No Surprises / Idioteque / Creep (live) / Exit Music (For A Film).