There Will Be No Intermission

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There Will Be No Intermission
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 8, 2019 (2019-03-08)
Studio64 Sound in Los Angeles, California
Length78:00
Label
ProducerJohn Congleton
Amanda Palmer chronology
Piano Is Evil
(2017)
There Will Be No Intermission
(2019)
Ninja TED: A benefit for the Vancouver Food Bank
(2019)
Amanda Palmer studio albums chronology
I Can Spin a Rainbow
(2017)
There Will Be No Intermission
(2019)
Singles from There Will Be No Intermission
  1. "Drowning in the Sound"
    Released: December 11, 2018
  2. "Voicemail For Jill"
    Released: February 19, 2019

There Will Be No Intermission is the third solo studio album by American musician Amanda Palmer. It was released on March 8, 2019, through Cooking Vinyl. It was crowdfunded through Patreon and recorded by Palmer in collaboration with John Congleton over the course of a month. It will be supported by a 2019–2020 tour.[1] The vinyl version of the album was released on March 29, 2019.[2]

Background[edit]

Palmer stated that "Most of these songs were exercises in survival. This isn't really the record that I was planning to make. But loss and death kept happening in real-time, and these songs became my therapeutic arsenal of tools for making sense of it all."[1] She also said that "The kind of stories that I'm sharing on this record—abortion, miscarriage, cancer, grief, the darker sides of parenthood—have been therapeutic and frightening to write."[3]

Promotion[edit]

The demos of "Bigger on the Inside" (originally featuring Zoë Keating), "The Thing About Things", "A Mother's Confession", "Machete", "Drowning in the Sound", and "Judy Blume" were all released as promotional singles on March 9, 2015, May 26, 2015, February 25, 2016, March 9, 2016, August 31, 2017, and February 12, 2018, respectively. "Judy Blume" and "Look Mummy, No Hands" were previously included on the 2013 live album An Evening with Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer. "Judy Blume" also received a music video on February 12, 2019.[4]

"The Ride" (originally released as a Patron-exclusive video on October 26, 2017[5]) was previewed with a performance on NPR's All Things Considered on February 13, 2019.[6]

Singles[edit]

The studio version of "Drowning in the Sound" was released as the first official single from the album along with the album pre-order on December 11, 2018.[7] A music video was released on August 8, 2019.[8]

"Voicemail for Jill" was released as the second single on February 19, 2019.[citation needed] A music video for the song was released on March 7, 2019.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.2/10[10]
Metacritic78/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[11]
The Irish Times8/10[12]
The Line of Best Fit9/10[13]
NME4/5 stars[14]
PopMatters9/10 stars[15]

The album has received a score of 78/100 from media aggregate site Metacritic based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Amanda Palmer, except where noted

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."All the Things" 1:23
2."The Ride" 10:13
3."Congratulations" 0:37
4."Drowning in the Sound"Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds5:45
5."Hold on Tight, Darling" 0:40
6."The Thing About Things" 5:35
7."Life's Such a Bitch Isn't It" 0:33
8."Judy Blume" 6:45
9."Feeding the Dark" 0:20
10."Bigger on the Inside" 8:29
11."There Will Be No Intermission" 1:01
12."Machete" 6:09
13."You Know the Statistics" 0:38
14."Voicemail for Jill" 5:34
15."You'd Think I'd Shot Their Children" 1:43
16."A Mother's Confession" 10:37
17."They're Saying Not to Panic" 0:27
18."Look Mummy, No Hands"Dillie Keane5:30
19."Intermission Is Relative" 0:54
20."Death Thing" 5:00
Total length:78:00

Personnel[edit]

Taken from the album's liner notes.

Musicians[edit]

  • Amanda Palmer — vocals, piano, ukulele, organ, synths
  • Crystal Brooke Alforque — violin (Track 12)
  • Laurann Angel — violin, viola
  • Jherek Bischoff — double bass, guitar, vibraphone, prepared piano, sub bass synth, cymbals, bass drum, backing vocals
  • John Congleton — drums, synths, sequencing
  • Madeline Falcone — violin, viola
  • Nicole Garcia — violin, viola
  • April Guthrie — cello
  • Max Henry — synths
  • Paris Hurley — violin, viola
  • Rachel Iba — violin, viola
  • Jodie Landau — vibraphone, glockenspiel
  • Aniela Marie Perry — cello
  • Joey Waronker — drums
  • Jason Webley — accordion
  • The "Baby Didn't Die" Choir: Anthony Palacios, Carly D. Weckstein, Charlotte Kaufman, David Goren, Ian Michaels, Jherek Bischoff, Joy Craig, Kale Chase, Lisa Schneider, Marvel Star de la Cruz, Michelle Gibson, Paul Bellatoni, Phoebe Pinder, Sara Bartel, Simon Vance, Theresa Richardson, Vanessa Rodriguez, Xine Trevino

Technical[edit]

  • Amanda Palmer — writer (Tracks 1-17, 19-20)
  • Jherek Bischoff — instrumental arrangement and mixing (all instrumental interludes), string arrangement (Track 12), recording (vibraphone, double bass, sub bass synth, cymbals, bass drum, and glockenspiel)
  • Greg Calbi — mastering
  • John Congleton — producer, mixing, engineer
  • Ben Folds — "songwriting help" (Track 4)
  • Tyler Karmen — studio assistant
  • Dillie Keane — writer (Track 18)
  • Jaron Luksa — recording (Track 12), violin, violin, and cello recording

Artwork[edit]

  • Allan Amato — sleeve photography
  • Regina Harris — stylist for insert photography
  • Kahn & Selesnick — insert photography
  • Andrew Nelson — album artwork designer
  • "Piano Stewards": Ngo'e Crossan, Julias Ross Bright, Philip Marshall, Nico Deslis, Joe Yarabek, Ben Ranes
  • "Library Department": Justine Marzack, Ash Gaiman

Tour[edit]

Palmer performing a free charity concert in Vienna during the tour in September 2019

Throughout 2019 and 2020 Palmer will embark on the There Will Be No Intermission World Tour. The over four-hour long show features a mix of both songs and storytelling themed around Palmer's personal life. The Los Angeles performance, as well as the December 13 and 14th London shows, were recorded exclusively for her Patrons on Patreon.[17]

Tour dates[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country and venue
Date City Country Venue
North America[18]
March 21, 2019 Detroit United States The Cathedral – Masonic Temple
March 22, 2019 Toronto Canada Queen Elizabeth Theatre
March 23, 2019 Montreal Monument National – Ludger – Duvernay Theatre
April 5, 2019 Washington, D.C. United States National Theatre
April 6, 2019 Philadelphia Temple Performing Arts Center
April 12, 2019 Chicago Chicago Theatre
April 13, 2019 Saint Paul The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
April 19, 2019 Boston Orpheum Theatre
April 20, 2019 New York City Beacon Theatre
May 10, 2019 San Francisco Warfield Theatre
May 11, 2019 Los Angeles Theatre at Ace Hotel
May 17, 2019 Atlanta Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
May 18, 2019 Nashville Ryman Auditorium
May 30, 2019 St. Louis Warfield Theatre
May 31, 2019 Kansas City, Missouri Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
June 1, 2019 Denver Paramount Theatre
June 6, 2019 Vancouver Canada Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
June 7, 2019 Seattle United States Paramount Theatre
June 8, 2019 Portland, Oregon Crystal Ballroom
Europe[19]
September 4, 2019 Amsterdam The Netherlands Meervaart
September 6, 2019 Berlin Germany Admiralspalast
September 11, 2019 Munich Alte Kongresshalle
September 13, 2019 Offenbach Capitol
September 14, 2019 Vienna Austria Konzerthaus, Vienna
September 15, 2019 Graz Stefaniensaal
September 18, 2019 Stuttgart Germany Theaterhaus Stuttgart
September 19, 2019 Essen Colosseum
September 20, 2019 Antwerp Belgium De Roma
September 24, 2019 Hamburg Germany Laeiszhalle
September 25, 2019 Leipzig Haus Auensee
September 26, 2019 Prague Czech Republic Hybernia
September 27, 2019 Luxembourg City Luxembourg Conservatoire de Luxembourg
September 28, 2019 Paris France Bataclan
October 11, 2019 Copenhagen Denmark Bremen Teater
October 12, 2019 Stockholm Sweden Södra Teatern
October 16, 2019 Bexhill-on-sea United Kingdom De La Warr Pavilion
October 19, 2019 Cardiff St David's Hall
October 20, 2019 Cambridge Cambridge Corn Exchange
October 23, 2019 Cork Ireland Cork Opera House
October 24, 2019 Dublin National Concert Hall
October 26, 2019 Belfast United Kingdom Ulster Hall
October 27, 2019 Limerick Ireland University Concert Hall
November 1, 2019 Dunfermline United Kingdom Carnegie Hall
November 2, 2019 Glasgow Glasgow City Halls
November 3, 2019 Manchester Albert Hall
November 4, 2019 York Grand Opera House
November 7, 2019 Newcastle Tyne Theatre and Opera House
November 24, 2019 Braga Portugal Theatre Circo
December 5, 2019 London United Kingdom Union Chapel
December 6, 2019
December 13, 2019
December 14, 2019
Oceania[20]
December 30, 2019 Woodford Australia Woodford Folk Festival
January 16, 2020 Launceston Mona Foma Confessional
January 20, 2020 Mona Foma Princess Theatre
January 22, 2020 Melbourne Hamer Hall
January 31, 2020 Brisbane Brisbane Powerhouse
February 1, 2020
February 7, 2020 Canberra Canberra Theatre
February 8, 2020 Springwood Blue Mountains Theatre
February 14, 2020 Adelaide Bonython Hall, Adelaide Fringe
February 20, 2020 Sydney Enmore Theatre
February 22, 2020 Perth TBA
February 29, 2020 Darwin Darwin Entertainment Centre
March 12, 2020 Auckland New Zealand Auckland Arts Festival: Hollywood Avondale
March 13, 2020
March 14, 2020 Christchurch The Piano
March 16, 2020 Wellington NZ Fringe Festival - St. Peter's Church

Set list[edit]

The following representsthe May 11, 2019 filmed performance in Los Angeles. It does not represent all dates throughout the tour.

Act I

  1. Judy Blume
  2. Runs In the Family
  3. The Thing About Things
  4. Bigger on the Inside
  5. Oasis
  6. Part of Your World
  7. Machete
  8. A Mother’s Confession

Act II

  1. Coin-Operated Boy
  2. The Killing Type
  3. Drowning in the Sound
  4. Voicemail For Jill
  5. Let It Go
  6. The Ride

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Digital Albums (ARIA)[21] 40
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[22] 30
Scottish Albums (OCC)[23] 49
US Billboard 200[24] 169
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[25] 6
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[26] 3
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[27] 14
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[28] 33

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thiessen, Brock (December 11, 2018). "Amanda Palmer Returns with 'There Will Be No Intermission' LP". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Amanda Palmer - There Will Be No Intemission – AmazonSmile Music". Amazon. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. ^ Blais-Billie, Braudie (December 11, 2018). "Amanda Palmer Announces New Album and Tour, Shares Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "AMANDA PALMER - JUDY BLUME". YouTube. February 12, 2018. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "Amanda Palmer – the Ride".
  6. ^ "New Mix: Amanda Palmer, Pkew Pkew Pkew, the Budos Band, More".
  7. ^ Blistein, Jon (December 11, 2018). "Amanda Palmer Returns With New Song Addressing #MeToo Movement, Political Insanity". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "DROWNING IN THE SOUND (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)". YouTube. August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "Metacritic Review". Metacritic. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "AnyDecentMusic? Review". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  12. ^ Bruton, Louise. "Amanda Palmer: There Will Be No Intermission review – Fearless messages and intimate confessions". The Irish Times. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  13. ^ Burfitt, Em. "Amanda Palmer's There Will Be No Intermission is a testament to art's earnesty". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  14. ^ Trendell, Andrew. "Amanda Palmer – 'There Will Be No Intermission' review". NME. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  15. ^ Whitelock, Ed. "Amanda Palmer Has Created Her Best Work with 'There Will Be No Intermission'". PopMatters. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  16. ^ "Metacritic Review". Metacritic. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  17. ^ "Amanda Palmer's Patreon". Patreon. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  18. ^ "Shows". Amandapalmer.net. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  19. ^ "Shows". Amandapalmer.net. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  20. ^ "Shows". Amandapalmer.net. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  21. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Digital Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. March 18, 2019. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  22. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Amanda Palmer – There Will Be No Intermission" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  23. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  24. ^ "Amanda Palmer Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  25. ^ "Amanda Palmer Chart History (Top Americana/Folk Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  26. ^ "Amanda Palmer Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  27. ^ "Amanda Palmer Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  28. ^ "Amanda Palmer Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2019.

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