It seems just yesterday that Amanda Palmer was busy funding her next record and tour, and accumulating tens of thousands of backers and over $1,000,000 in the process. But time flies and today finds her full-length album, Theatre is Evil, officially available worldwide. Reviews and reactions have flooded in from industry heavyweights, fellow musicians, and enthusiastic fans alike.
Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne mused to Fast Co. that, "her Kickstarter success is phenomenal, and now legendary... one can be inspired to think of all the unexpected ways one can make a life in music." The Washington Post posited "in a just world, it would be a huge hit. In this one, it answers any lingering questions about what Jane’s Addiction might sound like if it were fronted by Katy Perry." In a four star review, The Guardian wrote that "her third album reveals a vibrant songwriter as keen on the rigours of classical piano, polka and waltz as she is on punk."
Support from fans remains at an all time high, with backers having reviewed their pre-release copies with happy tears, appropriately vulgar language (Palmer loves an F-bomb), animated GIFs, and even declarations of revolutionary intent — "This is the future of media, man, and we're making it!"
Ben Folds showed some love with a tweet:
So did hubby, Neil Gaiman:
With some getting pretty adorably inspired:
And others getting linguistically inspired:
Theatre is Evil can be streamed online. You can catch Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra live tonight at Webster Hall in New York City. You can also listen to her play WNYC's Soundcheck today at 2PM EST. Congrats to Amanda and her amazing fans!