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Performed by Evelyn Evelyn
Produced by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley
I don't expect to do a great many music reviews on this site—I've reached that age where one only finds new music by accident, and my iPod is mostly choked with audio books and podcasts these days—but every once in a while I stumble upon some new piece of music that becomes an obsession. Most recently, I have fallen deeply, bemusedly, disturbedly in love with Evelyn Evelyn (Evelyn and Evelyn Neville), their eponymous 2010 debut album Evelyn Evelyn, and their tragic, life-affirming, credulity-defying, rags-to-riches, chicken-coop-to-world-tour story.
Evelyn and Evelyn Neville, who turn 26 this year, are (to the best of my knowledge) the world's only conjoined singing-songwriting duo. The two are parapagus tripus dibrachius twins, sharing between them three legs, two arms, three lungs, two hearts, and a single liver. They also share a copious and mercurial musical talent, performing original, deeply personal, courageously autobiographical compositions for piano, ukulele, guitar, and accordion.