Amanda Palmer - There Will Be No Intermission Colored Vinyl 2LP
Amanda Palmer There Will Be No Intermission Colored Vinyl 2LP
There Will Be No Intermission, Amanda Palmer's third solo effort and first in more than six years, is the multi-faceted artist's most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense with it all. While the themes may be dark, the album's overall sonic and lyrical mood is one of triumph in the face of life's most ineffably shitty circumstances. It was recorded over a single month in Los Angeles by Grammy Award-winner John Congleton.
Palmer's often-overlooked skills as a pianist mark the LP with a stark but grand sonic approach utterly distinct from her two prior solo albums. Indeed, it features only a few extra overdubs provided by key associates, including Congleton, Montreal-based programmer/keyboardist Max Henry and veteran drummer Joey Waronker. Longtime collaborator Jherek Bischoff also added touches of prepared piano and upright bass; he also arranged 10 short orchestral instrumentals based on the motifs of the songs, creating an intermission of sorts between each track.
Beginning with the epic Bill-Hicks-inspired "The Ride," it sees Palmer revealing her heart in total, turning the coals of fraught experience into musical diamonds. Themes of death and reproduction recur throughout, including "A Mother's Confession," a funny, honest, slice-of-life ramble detailing Palmer's failings as a new mother, and "Machete." written in tribute to her best friend, Anthony following his untimely passing from cancer.
"Voicemail for Jill" chronicles a different sort of death as Palmer reaches out to a friend on her way to an abortion clinic. Lead single "Drowning in the Sound" explores hidden connections between political unrest, the impending uncertainty of Hurricane Harvey, climate change, the solar eclipse, internet-hate and, bizarrely, Taylor Swift. One of the more lavishly produced songs on the album, the song combines Palmer's singular style of piano-taming with a restrained chorus that pays sonic homage to two diverse but connected mentors: Prince and Ani DiFranco.
Somber yet exultant, There Will Be No Intermission presents still more dimensions to Amanda Palmer's already voluminous talent, once again confirming her as a master songwriter at the height of considerable power. This one-of-a-kind artist has miraculously molded humor, tears, confession, and naked personal pain into a matchless piece of work that could very well have been morose and gloomy but is, instead, deeply relatable, healing and inspiring.
Amanda Palmer There Will Be No Intermission Track Listing:
1. All The Things
2. The Ride
4. Drowning In The Sound
5. Hold On Tight, Darling
6. The Thing About Things
7. Life's Such A Bitch Isn't It
8. Judy Blume
9. Feeding The Dark
10. Bigger On The Inside
11. There Will Be No Intermission
13. You Know The Statistics
14. Voicemail For Jill
15. You'd Think I'd Shot Their Children
16. A Mother's Confession
17. They're Saying Not To Panic
18. Look Mummy, No Hands
19. Intermission Is Relative
20. Death Thing
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