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Oh Perilous World [Limited Edition]

RasputinaAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Filthy Bonnet
  • ASIN: B000QEILTM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1816, The Year Without a Summer
2. Choose Me For Champion
3. Cage In a Cave
4. Incident In a Medical Clinic
5. Draconian Crackdown
6. Child Soldier Rebellion
7. Oh Bring Back the Egg Unbroken
8. Old Yellowcake Breaking News
9. In Old Yellowcake
10. We Stay Behind
11. A Retinue of Moons / The Infidel Is Me
12. The Pruning

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Oh Perilous World is the sixth release by Rasputina, a singularly inventive outfit led by Melora Creager. A cellist herself, she creates a frontline of multiple cellos. Eschewing the faux-classical shenanigans of the Electric Light Orchestra, she welds the instruments with sensibilities that evoke everyone from Van Dyke Parks to Tom Waits. The album opens with the lines "In the spring of 1315 there began an era of unpredictable weather. It did not lift until 1851. You remember 1816 as the year without a summer." The dozen songs address the set's title with a mix of journalism and poetry. Creager draws directly from the daily news, but rather than paddling about in simple reportage, she uses phrases and ideas as starting points for her rich and multifaceted results. She moves easily from ballads laced with dulcimers to spiky rockers sporting fuzzed cellos and propulsive drums. The arrangements, which sometimes include layered vocal choruses, utilize complexity with natural grace. --David Greenberger

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike Anything You've Ever Heard Before... July 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
...and I mean that in a good way. This album and this band are proof that the best music and most talented artists ARE NOT ON YOUR RADIO.

Let me add that I am not your typical Rasputina fan. I'm a blue-collar male who is pushing 40 and listens to artists like Tool, Chris Cornell, and the Beastie Boys. I happened upon a review for "Cabin Fever" in Blender Magazine and was intrigued by the promise of "Gothic Chamber Rock" and I bought the CD without ever having heard a note of music from Rasputina. I was blown away by that album and quickly bought up all their previous CDs. I've bought every subsequent release via pre-order because I'm that excited to hear what Melora has cooked up next.

This album is absolutely brilliant. I was worried when I listened to it the first time through because I didn't like it and every other Rasputina album hooked me instantly. By the third time through, I liked it and by the 5th time I thought this could be the best Rasputina album yet. I love every song on this album with the possible exception of track 10, "We Stay Behind".

I don't know that this would be the best CD for a Rasputina newbie. For that I would recommend "Cabin Fever".

Do a lesser known artist a favor and tell a friend about Rasputina. Most will be glad you did.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of 2007 June 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
As a Rasputina fan from the beginning, I think this is absolutely one of their best, musically tightest albums. The narrative fits together like a complicated puzzle, revealing subtleties with each listen. Rasputina continues to be one of the fiercest rock bands on the planet, but IMO, this album contains a deeper emotional resonance than prevous releases. The band has always tempered balls out rock with beautiful, emotional passages, and they've perfected that approach. Melora imbues every word and passage with knowledge, and a true understanding of every angle of the story she's telling. While Rasputina are definately challenging themselves and their fans, Oh Perilous World is also their most accessible album. I feel like any person who likes good music and songwriting, regardless of genre, would like, or at least respect this album. There's nobody in existance like Rasputina, and I think they've continually raised the bar for good music in general. I was actually thinking the other day about how I've never had a friend say anything bad to me about Rasputina. I've met people who didn't love them, but they're always blown away by their musicianship. So, if you love Rasputina, I think you'll love this album. If you're not familiar, but consider yourself a fan of good, unique music, Oh Perilous World is worth a listen.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You're showing every sign of losing your heart July 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Gothic alt-rock played with cellos -- it sounds pretty horribly precious, doesn't it?

And it would be, if Rasputina weren't such great musicians, who could mingle tragic history stories with quirky chamberpop and classical instrumentation. And their latest album "Oh Perilous World" comfortably straddles the fence between rock and cabaret, and seems to be having fun while it does so.

It opens with a creepy, ominous cello melody, and Melora Creager's girlish voice telling us solemnly, "In the spring of 1315/There began an era of unpredictable weather/It did not lift until 1851/You remember 1816 as the year without a summer." It's a rambling, weird song about Freemasons, Ben Franklin, Frankenstein, volcanoes and other such subjects.

Things get even stranger with the quirky chamber-rocker that follows ("choose me to be your champion/I am possessing of a very righteous style!"), not to mention the string of melodies that follow: clashing cellopop, gothic balladry, a rapid-fire rocker, a tinkly pop song, rambling interludes, and the sweeping beauty of "Old Yellowcake" and the sly "A Retinue Of Moons/The Infidel Is Me."

Rasputina is one of those genrebusting bands -- they manage to keep themselves rooted in rock, pop, chamber music, and still sound like they live in a big old ruined Victorian house with some friendly ghosts and a lot of newspapers. They're a little bit of everything, and have kept their quirk.

Obviously the main instrument here is cello. Lots of cello. And Creager knows how to mold it to her purpose, whether it's a melodious sweep, an awkward twang, or urgent dark chords like an electric guitar.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I know what "D" stands for June 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
"Oh Perilous World" is another step in the direction hinted at w/ the highly underrated "Cabin Fever". This time out we have a kind of concept album w/ lyrical content influenced by current events more so than on previous releases. Even when the subject matter veers toward the more familiar Rasputina territory of centuries past, it draws interesting parallels between our civilization's past and present, often pointing out how little we seem to learn from our mistakes.
Musically, Melora Creager continues to move forward ensuring that no Rasputina record sounds like what she's done before.The dulcimer that first showed up on "Cabin Fever" plays a more prominent role along w/ some wonderful recorder playing by Ms. Creager and some piano provided by (official member since "Frustration Plantation") drummer Jonathan TeBeest. This is all anchored quite expertly by the cello playing of Melora and new 2nd cellist Sarah Bowman.
The melodies are, as always, gorgeous and the band balances the classical & heavy elements (along w/ some wonderful psychedelic moments) beautifully.
If you can, get the deluxe limited version. The bonus CD compliments the album even better than the one that accompanied the limited version of the last disc.
Lets hope that more people come to realize what a national treasure we in the U.S. have in Rasputina. Support the lovely, dangerous art of Rasputina while they are around. You don't run across music this great every day.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This is my lest favorite so far
I've been following this band since I saw them with Marilyn Manson back in the 90's.
With that said I've now seen Raputina live more times than him at this point. Read more
Published 2 months ago by vaughn Michael Hanley
5.0 out of 5 stars second disc!
I didn't know that there was bonus material in some copies of this album, but I found out by a browsing fluke and hunted down the special edition. Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by Jeannette M Lareau
4.0 out of 5 stars my favorite.
I think that this may be the Rasputina album that would be the most accessible to new listeners. there's something about it that reminds me of the Beatles' "Sgt. Read more
Published on May 21, 2011 by corduroyspocket
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Piece of Work
Oh Perilous World was my first introduction to Rasputina, which happened a week ago today (via YouTube fan videos of In Old Yellowcake... Read more
Published on May 30, 2010 by J. Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars You're showing every sign of losing your heart
Gothic alt-rock played with cellos -- it sounds pretty horribly precious, doesn't it?

And it would be, if Rasputina weren't such great musicians, who could mingle tragic... Read more
Published on January 9, 2009 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars evolutionary work
This album, more so than any other, expounds on the Rasputina mythology of 17th/8th century imagery interspersed with modern anachronisms. Read more
Published on October 21, 2008 by Ian Brunner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Everything as promised in the Washington Post review. Sorry I missed their recent show in Washington, DC. Next time I'll drag my friends to see them too.
Published on January 7, 2008 by K. Edward Bender
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost everybody has... has snail fever
This is actually the first Rasputina album I have bought though I have heard some of their other tracks, which had made me curious about them in the first place. Read more
Published on November 27, 2007 by Nicole Ridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Anchor in real life
I just happened to be listening to Woodsong Old Time Radio Hour on NPR this afternoon and heard Rasputina's "1816, The Year Without a Summer" from the CD Oh Perilous World. Read more
Published on October 7, 2007 by Lawrence M. Yoder
5.0 out of 5 stars smiling
Rasputina always makes me smile. I think I may like this album the best, though. Good pop melodies that could've made it to the Beatles White Album or Abbey Road combined with... Read more
Published on September 13, 2007 by the eternal answering machine
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