August 18, 2009

Rasputina - Frustration plantation

Genre(s) - "Cello rock", dark cabaret, gothic
Origin - United States of America
Year of release - 2005
Bitrate - 192 kbps
Size - 59.63 MB

Another album that defies any succinct description, but we have no choice but trying to give you one, regardless. It all started with Melora Creager's wish to give the cello (I do love celloes) a prominent place in rock music. Consequently the music she creates under the name Rasputina is most often referred to as "cello rock". Gothic elements are present, but it doesn't sound like any established style of gothic music I know. If there's one band Rasputina's quirky visions can be compared to I would suggest the Dresden Dolls, even if musically it really occupies its own category. Frustration Plantation apparently deals with the Old South, and not just lyrically. The whole release breathes this theme - it tends to remind me of the American Gothic painting: intruiging because of its unmistakable origin and hidden (unintentional?) dark undertones that you hardly pick up on unless you look or listen intently. The title makes a good new genre designation for this band; American Gothic is exactly what this sounds like. Especially recommended songs: Wicked Dickie, If Your Kisses Can't Hold the Man You Love and, most of all, High on Life.
  1. Doomsday averted
  2. Secret message
  3. Possum of the grotto
  4. If your kisses can't hold the man you love
  5. The mayor
  6. When I count...
  7. High on life
  8. Wixked dickie
  9. My captivity by savages
  10. Saline the salt lake queen
  11. Oh, injury
  12. When I was a young girl
  13. Momma was an opium-smoker
  14. November 17dee
  15. Girls' school
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