I too couldn't care less for Amanda's latest offerings.
Perhaps it's just me, but I got the impression that her music was born out of her lifestyle. It seemed that the Dolls songs were written at a point in her life when she had time for introspection; To recognize the interplay between our common cultural references and her own heart-achingly human condition, and that's what made her lyrics so insightful and compelling. She had time to commune with the cardinal.
Ironically it seems that since branching out on her own that she's never alone for long enough to enjoy moments of introspection. If she's not touring she's in the studio for a prolific release schedule, if she's not in the studio she's hanging out with people, and even when she gets 5 mins alone she tweets about her hectic and eventful days to thousands of followers. And she's married. To me, Dresden Dolls was Amanda Palmer and Amanda Palmer is actually Amanda Palmer and Friends - I imagine that quite a few of her creative decisions are influenced by her social circle - Let's collaborate on a reggae/dance fusion song about hairy pussies for shits and giggles.
I'm probably totally wrong, but that's what I always imagined.
So hopefully Neil will get writers block, and the dinner parties will wane, and she'll look over the baby grand at the man whom she once loved, but now with whom lives a lie, with only the grandfather clock to punctuate the uncomfortable silence between them. And disgusted she'll turn away to the window, to the Minnesotan winter landscape, musing how it seems to have swallowed her in it's cold monochrome bleakness. And finally when all seems lost a flash of red will land on a dead, leafless branch and the cardinal will once again reignite her soul...
and we'll get a decent fucking album again
So I'll continue to keep a watchful eye on AFP, in the hope that she'll eventually grow isolated and she'll share her well-formed scathingly insightful thoughts with us instead of just tweets.
Or oh oh a menopausal Amanda! That would be a great album - She's the one who leaves the dirty diapers in the trash all tied up just to make you jealous of the kids she had before you dried up