on 7 July 2002
Well, this is incredible. If you don't like change then dont ever buy this album. Yet i believe this change is for the better. After a rather mediocre start in Thanks For The Ether, and a drastic, wonderful improvment in How We Quit The Forest, i was wondering what next to expect from Rasputine. The answer: edgy rhythms, even better, crisper 'cello playing and witty, clever lyrics.
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! Featuring a double date with Polly Jean Harvey and Bjork, and fottballers Vincent and Matthew. The lyrics are excellent, and the backing accompaniment more diverse than the others on this CD
9. My Orphanage
Another favourite of mine, this is quite a sad song, featuring once more Meloras ability to transform her voice when needs be. The music is very creative, and the 'cello playing incredible.
I usually skip this track, as i find it samey and repetitive. It is the only track on this album that is less that near to perfect.
11. Hunter's Kiss
This is beautiful! It sounds like the sound track to a '30s silent horror movie, and then the drum loop comes in. Definitely my very favourite track, it tells a sad story.
12. Our Lies
With an intriguing story behind the writing of the lyrics for this song, this is a lovely track. Not one of my favourites, but definitely worth a listen
13. Antique High Heel Red Doll Shoes
Youve gotta love this track, i dont know how to describe it buts its catchy, funny and clever
This is an odd track, youll have to give it a listen because i dont really know what to make of it
15. A Quitter
The perfect end to a near perfect albu, this song reduces me to tears.
There is a fascinating extra track, so i suppose youll just have to buy the CD to hear that!
I love the ablum layout and artwork. My only complaint is Melora's production- usually, it is no less than perfect, but somtimes it slips, especially at the end of songs- some songs do not appear to end properly, and just stop.