There Will Be No Intermission (CD)


Amanda Palmer

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The sheer ambition that imbues all 78 minutes of There Will Be No Intermission, Amanda Palmer’s third solo album since leaving dark cabaret/weirdo pop duo Dresden Dolls, makes the overt theatricality and self-described “Brechtian punk” stylings that defined all her previous career works seem almost quaint in comparison. A statement album if there ever was one, this particular statement entails, among other things, having ukulele-led ballads side by side with 10-minute long vaudeville piano vamps, all full of strikingly personal, stream-of-thought lyrics and buttressed by orchestral mini-movements composed by collaborator Jherek Bischoff. The most straightforward pop moment to be found here (and that’s a very liberal use of “straightforward”) might be “Drowning in the Sound,” which nails the oddly-specific aesthetic of mid-2000s Vegas pop rock, sounding like a direct conduit between The Killers and Panic! At The Disco.

 

What is remarkable about Intermission is that out of all its stylistic idiosyncrasies, the production might be the most striking thing here. Songs jump from an intimate, quiet mix to lavish arrangements draped in booming reverb at a moment’s notice, accentuating the high drama of the emotional peaks and valleys that these often epic songs traverse. On an album that dwells on moments small and individual, it conveys them through absolute maximalism. For a seasoned performer like Amanda Palmer, consider her playing to rafters.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
All The Things
Amanda Palmer 01:23
2.
The Ride
Amanda Palmer 10:13
3.
Congratulations
Amanda Palmer 00:37
4.
Drowning In The Sound
Amanda Palmer 05:45
5.
Hold On Tight, Darling
Amanda Palmer 00:40
6.
The Thing About Things
Amanda Palmer 05:35
7.
Life's Such A Bitch Isn't It
Amanda Palmer 00:33
8.
Judy Blume
Amanda Palmer 06:45
9.
Feeding The Dark
Amanda Palmer 00:20
10.
Bigger On The Inside
Amanda Palmer 08:29
11.
There Will Be No Intermission
Amanda Palmer 01:01
12.
Machete
Amanda Palmer 06:09
13.
You Know The Statistics
Amanda Palmer 00:38
14.
Voicemail For Jill
Amanda Palmer 05:34
15.
You'd Think I'd Shot Their Children
Amanda Palmer 01:43
16.
A Mother's Confession
Amanda Palmer 10:37
17.
They're Saying Not To Panic
Amanda Palmer 00:27
18.
Look Mummy, No Hands
Amanda Palmer 05:30
19.
Intermission Is Relative
Amanda Palmer 00:54
20.
Death Thing
Amanda Palmer 05:00

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