Rasputina â€“ Oh Perilous World / 2007 Filthy Bonnet Co / 12 Tracks / http://www.rasputina.com
The last time I heard of Rasputina, ey was pandering an album because it had a collaboration with Marilyn Manson on it. That was quite a few years ago, but I remembered that when I got a copy of eir latest album, â€œOh Perilous Worldâ€, for review in the magazine. The compositions on this album are rock oriented with just a touch of goth influence at points. â€œChoose Me For Championâ€ is a track that could easily make it to alternative rock radio, with smoothed out instrumental compositions and a melodramatic set of vocals that are almost humorous at points.
The vocals will catch in individuals head; Rasputina is essentially what Pink would be if ey was more â€œrealâ€ and actually talented in regards to vocal arrangement. With â€œChoose Me For Championâ€, Rasputina challenges the master of aloof, humorous gothic music in Voltaire. It becomes obvious during the â€œChoose Me for Championâ€ and â€œCage in a Caveâ€ that Rasputina is attempting to craft a thematic part of the album about Fletcher Christian, who was one of the mutineers of the book Mutiny on the Bounty. The blending of a current pop/rock sound with classical, Victorian-era composition makes a song like â€œIncident in a Medical Clinicâ€ sound odd at first listen. However, by the time that the track ends, individuals will see the beauty of Rasputina and eir arrangements. The rock influences present in a song like the aforementioned â€œIncident in a Medical Clinicâ€ link Rasputina to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, in the sense that both put out catchy rock that looked back at the seventies. Obviously, Hedwig isnâ€™t real, but the absurdity of Rasputina provides a real-life relation to Hedwig.
â€œDraconian Crackdownâ€ is perhaps the hardest rock track on the disc, and while it moves away from the classical style, the song works in the larger context of album in the catchy vocals of Rasputina during the track. The diversity of the 12 tracks on â€œOh Perilous Worldâ€ at first blush seems as if Rasputina threw scraps of tracks together without any rhyme or reason. However, taking the disc as a whole, this Neroean running through the fires of Rome fiddling has rhyme and reason. Rasputina comes out with a compelling album that challenges what individuals think about rock and classical music, and what is possible when one unites the two styles. â€œOh Perilous Worldâ€ is definitely an album to pick up, that is for sure.
Top Tracks: In Old Yellowcake, Cage in a Cave