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Reviewed by Austin Powell, May 16, 2008, Music

Death is Not a Joyride

The Human Zoo

Proceed with caution when encountering this menagerie. Helmed by the Paper Chase's John Congleton, Death Is Not a Joyride's debut magnifies the Dresden Dolls' various anachronisms, violently jolting from burlesque pop to more classically minded compositions, while the three-part "Willie the Gorilla" sequences from eerie trip-hop to chamber post-rock before melting into industrial girth. Don't pet the animals.


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