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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000002BG4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Little Shirtwaist Fire
2. Stumpside Nozz
3. Nozzle
4. Transylvanian Concubine
5. Why Don't You Do Right?
6. Mr. E. Leon Rauis
7. The Donner Party
8. Endomorph
9. Brand New Key
10. Crybabies
11. Howard Hughes
12. Sister Sleep
13. Five Fleas
14. Any Old Actress
15. Dig Ophelia
16. Kate Moss
17. Rusty The Skatemaker
18. Trust All-Stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott Murray on 16 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The deceptively relaxing feel of birds chirping in
the trees is soon broken by the thunderous playing
on "My Little Shirtwaist Fire". Don't let the "Ladies
Cello Society" tag fool you. These gals really know
how to rock out in their inspired mixing of chamber
music and rock playing/structure.
And rock they do, on tracks like the aforementioned
opening song, "Stumpside" and "Howard Hughes"
(don't tell me this song isn't punk rock, just because
there are no guitars).
There are plenty of quieter moments too of course.
One of Rasputina's main strengths is in creating
atmosphere and mood, from the morbidly hilarious
spoken word of "The Donner Party" to the haunting
sounds of "Crybabies", "Dig Ophelia" and the lilting
"Endomorph".
"Transylvanian Concubine" has bewitched and enticed
many a Buffy fan with it's gothic sound and evocatice
lyrics. Melora Creager is a fine songwriter and this
is demonstrated throughout the album on tracks like
"Any Old Actress", "Rusty The Skatemaker" and "Trust
All Stars". She has a quirky and bizarre sense of
humour, as evidenced by her extoling the virtues of
cannibas on "Sister Sleep" ("wee lee-ike to smoke pohot,
wee lee-ike it a lohot"). Other examples of the group's
quirkiness can be found in their choice of covers.
Even if the title "Brand New Key" doesn't ring a bell,
the lyrics and the song will be instantly familiar.
The term "alternative" has been carelessly applied so
often to even the most mainstream and pedestrian of
music that it has long ceased to mean anything.
However Rasputina certainly qualify in the old Velvet
Underground sense. One of the best and most original
albums or groups to come out of the 1990s.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Strange, eerie, mad, weird, joyful, sad and eccentric all of which are combined in this mixture of styles. Not one for everybody I'll admit, but should be on the list of any music follower with a passion for the more intelligent music. My favourite tracks include Transylvanian concubine (Buffy soundtrack) and Why don't you do right. To sum up, Spice girl lovers stay away. King crimson and Jepp fans plus the more eccentric of you out there, get it now!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
chilling cello's with beautiful and twisted lyrics, a breathtaking blend of music and gothis style best listened to when reading edgar allan poe
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
MELORA CREAGER, I BOW TO THEE 15 Jun. 2001
By Kwan Yin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If anyone can find a group with a more original, beautiful, and unforgettabke sound, it's obvious they're lying. Rasputina's grunge-goth classically-influenced faery tale rock is indescribable. The quirky lyrics and dark music is beyond genius. Melora Creager's inimitable sad vibrato and soulful cello-playing makes this album a classic. The mythic, Neo-Victorian sound behind Rasputina is something I'm just not eloquent enough to explain. Buy this album and experience the divinity that is Rasputina for yourself.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Clever and beautiful 3 Sept. 2004
By Pandora - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Rasputina's first (and best) album. The cello music is inspired and much more noticeable than on their other albums, and the lyrics are remarkably insightful, ironic, and clever. It is also tinged with sadness, cynicism, and of course, the Victorian era and other tales from ages past, which is their trademark.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
My favorite Rasputina 10 Aug. 2006
By The Pitiful Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rasputina's "Thanks for the Ether" is a hard to describe, hard to absorb, but ultimately brilliant album. The band is comprised of 3 cello players, and as far as classification, it's classical, orchestral cello music in more traditional rock song structure. For many like me who listen to mostly contemporary music, it's almost like a different language and could be an acquired taste.

Charismatic frontwoman Melora Creager makes the album (and the band), with her incredibly detailed and descriptive lyrics, usually descriptions of some event, person or situation. She also has a wicked sense of humor, evidenced in her stage presence and the spoken word interludes on this album (including one insisting that the term "settlers" implies the "willingness to settle for a meal of human flesh"). More subtlely funny moments included the purposely mumbled and indecipherable lyrics of "Sister Sleep". Song topics range from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire to a mysterious note signed 'Mr. E. Leon Rauis'. Oh yeah, and she's an awesome singer, with a distinctive sound, range and a lot of vibrato.

There are a full 19 songs on this album (even the spoken word pieces have cello accompaniment) and none of them are at all weak. My personal favorites are the lively "Stumpside", and the more melancholic tunes like "Any Old Actress" and mysterious "Dig Ophelia". There's a catchy melody at the root of every song here, and a ton of diversity. There's also some covers of older songs, Melanie's "Brand New Key" and "Why Don't You Do Right". For all the cleverness and humor, a lot of these songs have real emotional effect on me. The feel is often one of nostalgia and conjures up images of the Victorian times that they're so enamoured with.

The difference between this and later Rasputina is that on later albums such as "How We Quit the Forest" (also great) they were literally playing classic rock songs on the cello, distortion and all, and the arrangements were simplified compared to the full blown harmonizing and intricacy of this first album.

So, there's my bad attempt at describing this band / album, which is a lot more than just a novelty. "Thanks for the Ether" is highly recommended to anyone looking for something different, and if you get the chance to see this band live, it's an experience you'll never forget.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Rasputina 27 Mar. 2000
By Fuchsia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I LOVE this album. It is very dark and gothic (not a marilyn manson type gothic but more of a victorian ghost story type gothic) and the music is very dreamy and haunting. Great lyrics, and I have fallen in love with the sound of the cello. Listen to this while reading Anne Rice or Anne Radcliffe, its got a nice Victorian feel to it. The only song I really don't care much for is Howard Hughes but the rest of the songs are great.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
sweet neo-victorian nostalgia 26 Aug. 1998
By james@gothicbooks.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the most overlooked debut album of the last three years. It's an absolute gem! A refreshing sound that stands alone above a pop landscape filled with boring guitar rock. The 3 women of Rasputina are virtuoso cellists. The imagery recalls a musty yellowed attic in a colonial home filled with old photographs, spiders, rollerskates, costume jewelery, stockings, halloween decorations, and broken dolls. It is sadness and wonder all at once. A must own disc for the more Open Minded fans of Romantic Goth or perhaps Tori Amos.
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