June 7, 2007

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Rasputina, Oh Perilous World
Filthy Bonnet Records, 2007

Back on Jupiter, word of Dubya Bush’s using the U.S. Constitution as a wad of Charmin appears to have reached kooky cellist Melora Creager, and she is not amused. Deviating from the usual beyond-goth trip that won her opening slots for Marilyn Manson and Porno For Pyros, Oh Perilous World finds Creager in a didactic state of mind, stuffing as many historical tidbits as possible into her narratives, which include a study of the summer-less year 1816 and a translated manifesto from Osama bin Laden. An impressive range of sound emanates from the trio of Creager, drummer Jonathan TeBeest and second cellist Sarah Bowman, most admirably on the opening track — the 1816 thingie — where open-string cellos are strummed like Western guitars. As well, “In Old Yellowcake” is no slouch, with Creager affecting Lisa Loeb affecting Jack White over a groove that’d be unadulterated Melvins if Melvins made their living with cellos. A- — Eric W. Saeger