Yes, Virginia...

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Yes, Virginia...
The Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia....jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 18, 2006
RecordedSeptember 10–20, 2005; November 2005 (extra recording)
StudioAllaire Studios, Shokan, New York; Camp Street Studios, Cambridge, Massachusetts (extra recording)
GenreDark cabaret
Length55:24
LabelRoadrunner
Producer
The Dresden Dolls chronology
The Dresden Dolls
(2003)
Yes, Virginia...
(2006)
No, Virginia...
(2008)
Singles from Yes, Virginia...
  1. "Sing"
    Released: March 31, 2006
  2. "Backstabber"
    Released: September 18, 2006
  3. "Shores of California"
    Released: 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
The Guardian[2]
Pitchfork7.6/10[3]
PopMatters[4]

Yes, Virginia... is the second studio album by American dark cabaret band the Dresden Dolls, released on April 18, 2006, by Roadrunner Records. The album was recorded in September 2005,[5] with some extra vocal work and the mixing done the following November.[6]

It is named after a reply to a letter run in the New York Sun in 1897 about the existence of Santa Claus (see "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus"). The first single from the album was "Sing". The album made its debut at number 42 on the US Billboard 200, selling 19,000 units in the first week;[7] despite this, the album's sales fell off quickly, resulting in Roadrunner pulling its support for the album shortly after its release and creating tensions between the band and the label.[8][9]

Other songs recorded during the studio session include "The Kill", "Boston", and "The Gardener", which were released on the No, Virginia... compilation in May 2008.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Amanda Palmer.

Yes, Virginia... track listing
No.TitleLength
1."Sex Changes"4:11
2."Backstabber"4:11
3."Modern Moonlight"4:45
4."My Alcoholic Friends"2:47
5."Delilah"6:54
6."Dirty Business"3:36
7."First Orgasm"3:49
8."Mrs. O."4:40
9."Shores of California"3:35
10."Necessary Evil"2:54
11."Mandy Goes to Med School"4:39
12."Me & the Minibar"4:35
13."Sing"4:40
iTunes bonus track
No.TitleLength
14."Two-Headed Boy" (Neutral Milk Hotel cover)3:20

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for Yes, Virginia...
Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 52
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 41
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 72
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 138
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 41
US Billboard 200[15] 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heather Phares. "Yes, Virginia... - The Dresden Dolls". AllMusic. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Betty Clarke. "The Dresden Dolls, Yes, Virginia". The Guardian. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Matt LeMay. "The Dresden Dolls: Yes, Virginia". Pitchfork.
  4. ^ Adrien Begrand. "The Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia..." PopMatters. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "Count Down From Seven". Amanda Palmer. Retrieved April 19, 2008.
  6. ^ "What Would Perry Do". Amanda Palmer. Retrieved April 19, 2008.
  7. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. May 6, 2006. p. 40. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  8. ^ "CMU Beef Of The Week #13: Amanda Palmer vs Roadrunner Records | Complete Music Update". Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  9. ^ "Amanda Palmer". Chronogram Magazine. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  10. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia’s Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 87.
  11. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia..." (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia..." (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia...". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia..." (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  15. ^ "Billboard 200: Week of May 6, 2006". Billboard. Retrieved July 12, 2022.