Most of the tracks on No, Virginia – the follow-up to the Dresden Dolls’ great 2006 disc, Yes, Virginia – were recorded at the same time as its predecessor, while a few tunes are b-sides, previously released compilation tracks or old songs recorded more recently.
While it would have been nice to see how the band’s evolved in the last few years, this record is still solid. It mostly retains the band’s familiar bouncy, cabaret piano rock vibe; Lonesome Organist Rapes Page Turner is one of the more frantic, and interesting, tunes on the disc. But there are a few slower tracks as well. With minimalist keyboard twinkles, the Gardener is haunting and hushed but easily one of the Dolls’ more infectious tunes.
Hopefully, the band will release new material soon, but No, Virginia is a good snack before the next meal.