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Oh Perilous World [CD]

Rasputina Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (21 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Weatherbox
  • ASIN: B000QEILTC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 1816, The Year Without a Summer†
2. Choose Me For Champion†
3. Cage In a Cave
4. Incident In a Medical Clinic
5. Draconian Crackdown
6. Child Soldier Rebellion†
7. Oh Bring Back the Egg Unbroken
8. Old Yellowcake Breaking News
9. In Old Yellowcake
10. We Stay Behind
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Question of Me
2. Identity Tokens
3. The Humanized Mice
4. The Pruning--Pat O'Brian/Access Hollywood Mix
5. Flood Corps
6. Incapable of Regret
7. Desert Vampire
8. The Contractors
9. Infidel Instrumental Demo

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Melora has maintained the Rasputina group for almost 20(0) years. Genres come and go and Rasputina often gets mistakenly lumped into passing fancies, but Rasputina manages to survive and defy categorization by maintaining a child-like delight in music-making alongside a clear & true integrity. Since 2007's Oh Perilous World), Melora has released a number of limited edition short-works: Melora a la Basilica (live duets w/Daniel De Jesus), The Willow Tree Tryptich (3 ancient folk songs titled The Willow Tree), Ancient Cross-Dressing Songs (self-explanatory), and The Pregnant Concert (a full live show from September 2009). Melora grew up in Kansas in a musical family which did play together as an ensemble, though certainly not publicly. At 18 she moved to NYC where she studied photography at Parsons School of Design. While there, she began playing the cello with drag performers and eventually the 4AD band, Ultra Vivid Scene. That exposure to the glamorous world of professional rock music led her to begin Rasputina. She thought it would be easy. Touring as Nirvana's cellist taught her lessons in avoidance of immense fame, which she has successfully practised since.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You're showing every sign of losing your heart 15 July 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Gothic alt-rock played with cellos -- it sounds pretty horribly precious, doesn't it?

And it would be, if Rasputina weren't such great musicians, who could mingle tragic history stories with quirky chamberpop and classical instrumentation. And their latest album "Oh Perilous World" comfortably straddles the fence between rock and cabaret, and seems to be having fun while it does so.

It opens with a creepy, ominous cello melody, and Melora Creager's girlish voice telling us solemnly, "In the spring of 1315/There began an era of unpredictable weather/It did not lift until 1851/You remember 1816 as the year without a summer." It's a rambling, weird song about Freemasons, Ben Franklin, Frankenstein, volcanoes and other such subjects.

Things get even stranger with the quirky chamber-rocker that follows ("choose me to be your champion/I am possessing of a very righteous style!"), not to mention the string of melodies that follow: clashing cellopop, gothic balladry, a rapid-fire rocker, a tinkly pop song, rambling interludes, and the sweeping beauty of "Old Yellowcake" and the sly "A Retinue Of Moons/The Infidel Is Me."

Rasputina is one of those genrebusting bands -- they manage to keep themselves rooted in rock, pop, chamber music, and still sound like they live in a big old ruined Victorian house with some friendly ghosts and a lot of newspapers. They're a little bit of everything, and have kept their quirk.

Obviously the main instrument here is cello. Lots of cello. And Creager knows how to mold it to her purpose, whether it's a melodious sweep, an awkward twang, or urgent dark chords like an electric guitar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky. 3 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are into easy listening and predictable, this is not for you. Move on.

But if the thought of chamber music meeting prog-rock is your thing, Oh Perilous World provides a marvellous journey. Numerous nods to history are encompassed within the witty lyrics. I love it.

I became aware of Rasputina via a link from a follower on Twitter. Explored on YouTube, and now buying the CDs. I thank them.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Perilous Album 20 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Oh dear. Rasputina have finally done what I thought they could avoid. They've made a mediocre album. Gone are the catchy ditties of the other opuses, in their place we have pointlessly dragged out pretention in lyrics that, to be quite honest, seem to meander into nothing in pretty much every song. There's some nice ideas, but it's just nowhere near as good as their previous albums. Don't make this your first Rasputina purchase.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike Anything You've Ever Heard Before... 10 July 2007
By Jake Blues - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
...and I mean that in a good way. This album and this band are proof that the best music and most talented artists ARE NOT ON YOUR RADIO.

Let me add that I am not your typical Rasputina fan. I'm a blue-collar male who is pushing 40 and listens to artists like Tool, Chris Cornell, and the Beastie Boys. I happened upon a review for "Cabin Fever" in Blender Magazine and was intrigued by the promise of "Gothic Chamber Rock" and I bought the CD without ever having heard a note of music from Rasputina. I was blown away by that album and quickly bought up all their previous CDs. I've bought every subsequent release via pre-order because I'm that excited to hear what Melora has cooked up next.

This album is absolutely brilliant. I was worried when I listened to it the first time through because I didn't like it and every other Rasputina album hooked me instantly. By the third time through, I liked it and by the 5th time I thought this could be the best Rasputina album yet. I love every song on this album with the possible exception of track 10, "We Stay Behind".

I don't know that this would be the best CD for a Rasputina newbie. For that I would recommend "Cabin Fever".

Do a lesser known artist a favor and tell a friend about Rasputina. Most will be glad you did.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of 2007 28 Jun 2007
By Dividingcanaan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a Rasputina fan from the beginning, I think this is absolutely one of their best, musically tightest albums. The narrative fits together like a complicated puzzle, revealing subtleties with each listen. Rasputina continues to be one of the fiercest rock bands on the planet, but IMO, this album contains a deeper emotional resonance than prevous releases. The band has always tempered balls out rock with beautiful, emotional passages, and they've perfected that approach. Melora imbues every word and passage with knowledge, and a true understanding of every angle of the story she's telling. While Rasputina are definately challenging themselves and their fans, Oh Perilous World is also their most accessible album. I feel like any person who likes good music and songwriting, regardless of genre, would like, or at least respect this album. There's nobody in existance like Rasputina, and I think they've continually raised the bar for good music in general. I was actually thinking the other day about how I've never had a friend say anything bad to me about Rasputina. I've met people who didn't love them, but they're always blown away by their musicianship. So, if you love Rasputina, I think you'll love this album. If you're not familiar, but consider yourself a fan of good, unique music, Oh Perilous World is worth a listen.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You're showing every sign of losing your heart 9 July 2007
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Gothic alt-rock played with cellos -- it sounds pretty horribly precious, doesn't it?

And it would be, if Rasputina weren't such great musicians, who could mingle tragic history stories with quirky chamberpop and classical instrumentation. And their latest album "Oh Perilous World" comfortably straddles the fence between rock and cabaret, and seems to be having fun while it does so.

It opens with a creepy, ominous cello melody, and Melora Creager's girlish voice telling us solemnly, "In the spring of 1315/There began an era of unpredictable weather/It did not lift until 1851/You remember 1816 as the year without a summer." It's a rambling, weird song about Freemasons, Ben Franklin, Frankenstein, volcanoes and other such subjects.

Things get even stranger with the quirky chamber-rocker that follows ("choose me to be your champion/I am possessing of a very righteous style!"), not to mention the string of melodies that follow: clashing cellopop, gothic balladry, a rapid-fire rocker, a tinkly pop song, rambling interludes, and the sweeping beauty of "Old Yellowcake" and the sly "A Retinue Of Moons/The Infidel Is Me."

Rasputina is one of those genrebusting bands -- they manage to keep themselves rooted in rock, pop, chamber music, and still sound like they live in a big old ruined Victorian house with some friendly ghosts and a lot of newspapers. They're a little bit of everything, and have kept their quirk.

Obviously the main instrument here is cello. Lots of cello. And Creager knows how to mold it to her purpose, whether it's a melodious sweep, an awkward twang, or urgent dark chords like an electric guitar. But to keep it from getting monotonous, there's some fuzzy guitar in "Draconian Crackdown" that takes over the song, as well as a gentle piano in the ballads, and a jingle of bells here and there.

Creager has a pretty, girlish voice, but she sings some pretty weird, sometimes gruesome songs about broken butterflies, blood-spattered lace curtains and the descendants of mutineers. Some are taken from actual history. And how can you ignore lyrics so quirky as to tell you that a reaper is inthe flowerbed? Or that "I have charisma and of course a winning smile/I stand accused of being an audacious redeemer/Not a charge I can deny."

Full of history and dark humor, "Oh Perilous World" is a pretty solid chamber-rock album that has its moments of excellence. Definitely worth hearing, if nothing else for its cello playing.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I know what "D" stands for 30 Jun 2007
By Robert Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Oh Perilous World" is another step in the direction hinted at w/ the highly underrated "Cabin Fever". This time out we have a kind of concept album w/ lyrical content influenced by current events more so than on previous releases. Even when the subject matter veers toward the more familiar Rasputina territory of centuries past, it draws interesting parallels between our civilization's past and present, often pointing out how little we seem to learn from our mistakes.
Musically, Melora Creager continues to move forward ensuring that no Rasputina record sounds like what she's done before.The dulcimer that first showed up on "Cabin Fever" plays a more prominent role along w/ some wonderful recorder playing by Ms. Creager and some piano provided by (official member since "Frustration Plantation") drummer Jonathan TeBeest. This is all anchored quite expertly by the cello playing of Melora and new 2nd cellist Sarah Bowman.
The melodies are, as always, gorgeous and the band balances the classical & heavy elements (along w/ some wonderful psychedelic moments) beautifully.
If you can, get the deluxe limited version. The bonus CD compliments the album even better than the one that accompanied the limited version of the last disc.
Lets hope that more people come to realize what a national treasure we in the U.S. have in Rasputina. Support the lovely, dangerous art of Rasputina while they are around. You don't run across music this great every day.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't just buy the album! 31 July 2007
By Emerson Lockwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm humbly petitioning all Amazon patrons to please see Rasputina live as soon as you humanly can. It was my privilege to attend their recital in Austin, TX on July 27, 2007, and it is an experience not to be missed.

In addition to eight tracks from this album, they performed songs from each of their previous releases to the complete delight of their fans in the audience. Their sound is tight and very loud. Marvel at their cello, vocal, and drumming virtuosity, but do not hesitate to seek them out in live performance.
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