No, Virginia...

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No, Virginia...
Compilation album by The Dresden Dolls
Released May 17, 2008 (Australia/New Zealand)
May 19, 2008 (Europe)
May 20, 2008 (North America)
June 10, 2008 (Special edition)
July 9, 2008 (Japan)
Recorded 2003 – January 2008,
Mad Oak Studios, Allston, Massachusetts
Genre Piano rock, alternative rock
Length 48:46
Label Roadrunner
Producer Sean Slade and Paul Q. Kolderie
The Dresden Dolls chronology
Yes, Virginia...
(2006)
No, Virginia...
(2008)
Special Edition cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favorable)[2]
Boston Globe (favorable)[3]
The New York Times (favorable)[4]
Paste (favorable)[5]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[6]
Pitchfork (7.1/10)[7]
Spin Magazine 7/10 stars[8]

No, Virginia... is the first compilation album by American dark cabaret band The Dresden Dolls. It was released in Europe on May 19, 2008 and North America on May 20, 2008.[9] A special edition was released in the U.S. via the iTunes Store and Amazon.com's MP3 service on June 10, 2008. The compilation is a companion piece to the band's second studio album, 2006's Yes, Virginia..., and contains tracks left over from recording sessions dating back to 2003,[10] along with b-sides and tracks released on compilations. Singer Amanda Palmer has emphasized that the unreleased tracks from Yes, Virginia... were left off the album due to issues with the flow of the album, and not with the tracks themselves.[11] Five tracks from No, Virginia... were recorded with Sean Slade in January 2008 at Mad Oak Studios. The songs themselves were written years ago but had not been recorded until the session with Slade. One song from the album, "The Kill", has been made available for streaming on the band's MySpace profile.

On April 4, 2008, the band began taking pre-orders for the album. Those who pre-ordered the album directly from the band were able to download a live recording of "Glass Slipper" during the week the album was released. The track may be one of the two live tracks the band considered adding to the standard track listing of the album.[12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dear Jenny" – 3:07
  2. "Night Reconnaissance" – 3:56
  3. "The Mouse and the Model" (demo) – 6:02
  4. "Ultima Esperanza" – 4:33
  5. "The Gardener" (Yes, Virginia... b-side) – 5:08
  6. "Lonesome Organist Rapes Page-Turner" (Yes, Virginia... b-side) – 3:42
  7. "Sorry Bunch" – 3:09
  8. "Pretty in Pink" (The Psychedelic Furs cover) – 3:57
  9. "The Kill" (Yes, Virginia... b-side) – 3:49
  10. "The Sheep Song" – 3:59
  11. "Boston" (Yes, Virginia... b-side) – 7:20
Pre-order bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "Glass Slipper" (live in St. Louis, January 6, 2008) 9:00
Special Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "Glass Slipper" (live in St. Louis, January 6, 2008) 9:00
13. "A Night at the Roses" ("Good Day" b-side) 4:43
14. "I Would for You" (Yes, Virginia... b-side, Jane's Addiction cover) 4:33

The Special Edition was digital-only, whereas the standard edition was published both in CD and vinyl formats.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jason Lymangrover. "No, Virginia... - The Dresden Dolls". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Todd Martens (17 May 2008). "No, Virginia . . .". billboard.com. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Dresden Dolls collect themselves". The Boston Globe. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Nate Chinen (19 May 2008). "Bun B, "Il Trill"; Donna Summer, "Crayons"; "Julianne Hough"; Dresden Dolls, "No, Virginia..."". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Christina Hansen. "Review :: No, Virginia :: [Roadrunner]". Paste. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Adrien Begrand (23 May 2008). "The Dresden Dolls: No, Virginia...". popmatters.com. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Adam Moerder. "The Dresden Dolls: No, Virginia...". 
  8. ^ Shannon Zimmerman. "The Dresden Dolls, 'No, Virginia' (Roadrunner)". Spin. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Dresden Dolls release "No, Virginia" b-sides/demos/new tracks, May 20". Indiependent Music. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  10. ^ "Yes, Virginia... 101". Amanda Palmer. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  11. ^ "Re: No, Virginia: May 20th". Amanda Palmer. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  12. ^ "Re: What do you think/hope will be on the new EP??". Amanda Palmer. Retrieved 2008-04-05.