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1. Gingerbread Coffin
This starts quite oddly, then goes into the sepulchral vocals by Melora. The lyrics are moving, and the tune is beautiful. Yet this is an odd song, and a promising start to the album.
2. Thimble Island
I love this song. The beat is more contemporary, intorducing a diverse range of instruments. Meloras production, however, shines through as shoddy on this one, with the backing vocals coming in far too loud and drowning out the lyrics.
3. State Fair
The clostest your gonna get to heavy metal on this album, this funky catchy tune with its absurd lyrics and trippy drumbeats is definitely one to listen closely to!
4. Sweet Water Kill
This takes a few listenings, but this is a slower more melodic sound, making good use of the drum loops. It has a Nice Inch Nails feel to it, kind of like The Great Below.
5. Remnants of Percy Bass
Another of my favourites! featuring only cellos, this song reveals Meloras ability to sing strongly at the necessary moments.
Again, this took a few listens for me, but it ha great lyrics. It is quite heavy with a lot of guitars, not as catchy as The State Fair. I love the lyrics on this one.
This is quite a sad song, but it is very beautiful and worth a listen. Not one of my favourites, but its still great.
8. PJ+Vincent & Mathhew+ Bjork
This is a hilarious track!Read more ›
By their very nature they're already heading into unknown territory, rocking out with heavily distorted cello and deliciously dark lyrics hasn't been attempted by anybody before or since. Whether they could keep it fresh was another matter.
Their first album, Thanks For The Ether was full of mythical uncertainty - a sound that won over one Mr Marilyn Manson, who promptly took them on his Dead To The World tour. Bolstered by this new hard rock following, sophmore effort How We Quit The Forest raised the stakes with a harder edged sound and more confident vocals.
This time around, Rasputina have gone all industrial-goth on us. The first track, Gingerbread Coffin, sets the stage with haunting dulcimer and heart-wrenching solo cello. Melora's vocals creep in with disturbing tales of Satanic rituals and evil dolls before Cabin Fever crashes through some raw, rocking cello anthems - State Fair and Rats blast threw full of distortion, effects and strained singing wihle haunting ballads such as Remnants... or My Orphanage show contrast and musical maturity.
The beauty of this album is that it just keeps changing, morphing into somethign different - the band are clearly trying to flex their musical muscles and justify being saved by another record label.
Industrial sounding tracks like Crosswalk drudge through layered effects on murky cello while the subtle push of the drums in Hunter's Kiss work their way into your brain and show Rasputina as the strong musical force they've always been.Read more ›
Some highlights of this album include:
State Fair- grinding guitars contrast brilliantly to smooth cello sounds and intense vocals. This song has been in my head since I first heard. Though not my favourite track, it's certainly up there with the best.
Remnants of Percy Bass- Undoubtebly my favourite, this track stays with you for the rest of the day, like a strange dream. Compelling imagery from the lyrics is supported by wistful, quavering vocals that send shivers down my spine. A sad story, but beautifully told.
PJ + Vincent & Matthew + Bjork- This is hilarious! It sounds like 4 completely self-obsessed people and what they sound like when they're together. Made me actually laugh out loud. especially "This repulsive celebrity double date was brought to you by the church of the latter day saints". This is one of those tracks you just have to hear to understand. And even then...
Hunter's Kiss- Another sad story, this time told from a very unique angle is definately worth repeated listenings
Our Lies- I believe this is based on a competition where people sent Rasputina their lies by e-mail. The result is often hilarious, in a dadaist, mostly surreal way :)
AntiqueHighHeelRedDollShoes- The catchiest song on the album. Really quite addictive. About a night out on the town by the sounds of it. The frantic constancy of the vocals make it very appealing
A Quitter- An extremely sad song documenting the feelings that so many of us have been through. If it wasn't for The Remnants of Percy Bass, this would certainly take the top spot on the album.Read more ›
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Melora Creager's lyrics consist of the finest poetry to be found in contemporary pop muzik-no tedious ambiguities or oblique verse for this gal: she takes aim with words and hits the bulls-eye every time. From the opening "Gingerbread Coffin," which describes some dreadful ceremony in which a fetish from childhood is resurrected into gothic twilight, to the closing, "A Quitter," an ode to suicide that will evoke guilt from the most spotless soul, Melora stitches together genuinely surreal tales (Leonora Carrington-wise) from the jumble she has discovered in some Victorian attic of the mind (aside from the spoken word "PJ + Vincent + Matthew + Bjork," which is quite simply an exhilarating fall-to-the-floor laugh-cap).
Musically, each track opens like a surprise package, filled with cellos organic and distorted, and delightful little (again) demented touches, like the sharpening of knives heard throughout "Rats," the unsettling drum thumps and jingling thingies that punctuate "Cross Walk," leaving the listener with the unsettling sense that these Rasputina girls are up to something nasty in the wood shed. I am not sure that I would want to meet them on some dark street, but when it comes to songs that reflect an individual vision owing sfa to anyone or anything else, I would crawl into their attic anytime.
1- Gingerbread Coffin: I love this song. It's got brilliant music and combines with the cellos a music box which adds enormously to the song. I'm not sure if it's about a magic doll or voodoo, but either is fine with me! Voodoo! How delightful!
2- Thimble Island: The man hunting song! Grah! This song is very catchy and very folky and tons of fun.
3- State Fair: Another song about boys, this one isn't about going out to get hitched to some brigadoon island though. It's got a lot of electronic mixing and sounds almost like electric guitars (I'm going to say exactly, because I they don't).
4- Sweet Water Kill: A very cool song, with cool drums, sound effects and very lulling cellos. The words are great and almost make one think of an irish tradishional song (the words, not the arrangement).
5- Remnants of Percy Bass: This is actually one of my favorite songs on the album. It's a slower and more depressing song, but it's got some absolutely exquisit moments when the cellos and vocals come together in a very pleasing and surprising way. Very haunting.
6- Rats: Love this song. This song has the coolest distortions (like electric guitars again). The humor of this song is almost sickening, it's brilliant. Who else but Rasputina would sing of starving people renaming rats as fish so that they could eat them?
7- Clipped: This is a sad song that brilliantly talks about the world disabling you and starting again by comparing it with clipping birds wings so that they can't fly. The best part is when it changes from "They clipped my wings" to "I clipped my wings", changing the idea of the song saying that sometimes we have to do the hard thing and let go of what we have and try things anew.
8- PJ+Mathew & Vincent+Bjork: This is by far the most entertaining track on the cd. Impersonating the two couples on a double date that goes nowhere. I'm not sure why it's here, it doesn't add or take anything from the album. "Whatever Bjork."
9- My Orphanage: This in another sad song about not really belonging and the only place you have as home you hate. Quite sad.
10- Crosswalk: This is a good song with hard mixing on it that works icredibly well. Very cool words and catchy- super catchy- chorus.
11- Hunter's Kiss: I think that this is my favorite song on the album. It reminds me of a disturbing old horror film with a very cracky filter laid on it to make it sound like it's bad quality. It's especially when it picks up with the cellos and the drums. Very cool creepy song.
12- Our Lies: This song is made up of a troop of lies, and by look of the credits they were ones sent to them by a lot of people on the internet. Very funny and witty.
13- AntiqueHighHeelRedDollShoes: This is a brilliant song of vanity and jealousy claiming repeatedly "Daintier, smarter, better dressed!" In spite. It's very hip actually, I could see this song on the radio oddly enough.
14- Cooped: Wow... This song I must say has no purpose being on the at all, but as it's not even a minute long I don't count it. It seems to me to be people watching a um... odd Yoko Ono performance. In the end I can't help but agree when they wisper to each other "They really have balls to expose themselves like that!"
15- A Quitter: This is the saddest song on the cd. It's about trying so hard in the world and never succeeding, and giving up. It's brilliantly done really, this melody is sad and pretty and the music in the background is mostly one cello playing one simple part. If you let the song continue playing after it's done to about 5:30 a hidden track plays. A lullabye Melora wrote for her baby, who I believe is talking baby gibberish along with them.
This actually is a really golden record! I'm much more impressed than I thought I would be. I'm very excited for Rasputina to continue on in this fashion in their later releases.
"Sweet Water Kill," "Hunter's Kiss," & "Thimble Island" are gorgeous, and "Our Lies," a song pieced together from fan lyric submissions, is a neat little number and a reminder that Raspy loves their fans.
"Cabin Fever!" is a lot more fun than "How We Quit the Forest," although some of the "fun" numbers (like, oh, "State Fair," which is kind of a tossed off stale cracker, and "PJ + Vincent & Matthew + Bjork," which is funny for awhile but sort of unnecessary) fall flat.
Still, if you like Rasputina, it's absolutely faboo. I wouldn't recommend it as a 1st Rasputina album, though (try "How We Quit the Forest.")