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Monday, July 9, 2012

Amanda Palmer's NSFW "Want It Back" Video: The Naked Truth Is Not Necessarily Sexy

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

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This Friday, Amanda Palmer -- the boob-showing, armpit-hair-wearing, theatre-loving cabaret-rock misfit who might be reinventing the music industry one tweet at a time -- is coming to play a show in San Francisco. It's sold-the-fuck-out, of course (you can catch her again Sept. 26 at the Fillmore) but that shouldn't at all diminish your enjoyment of her excellent (and, coincidentally, NSFW) new video for "Want it Back."

Here again we get Amanda in the nude, but not to especially erotic ends: Rather, her skin becomes a canvas for the beautifully scrawled lyrics of the song, which race over her chest, around her body, then down her leg and off to the walls of the room, someone's iPad, and a bunch of other places before returning to from whence they came, as Amanda herself turns black with ink. The concept is simple but totally arresting, with the type of the writing (and even some words) changing throughout, and the he whole thing working in a kind of bewildering stop-motion courtesy of editor/producer/director Jim Batt. Musically, Palmer's band, the Grand Theft Orchestra, is in full-on piano-rock mode, with a meaty arrangement of agile, ear-friendly pop. Palmer's voice is always a big more growly than we remember; she's distinctive and evocative and powerful, although not sweet. All in all this is top-notch stuff -- definitely worth that million-dollar Kickstarter campaign.

Palmer and the Orchestra play this Friday (July 13) at Public Works, but like we said, it's sold out. Next show is Sept. 26 at the Fillmore.

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