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  • Audio CD (June 15, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FILTHY BONNET
  • ASIN: B003HO0RKE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The long awaited Rasputina studio release Sister Kinderhook explores Colonial themes and the history of Rasputina's settled home. Obsessed with Emily Dickinson, feral children and the Anti-Rent wars of 1844, not to mention the theory that giants were real, but killed each other off in a self-genocidal holocaust, they tried to stay away from modern chords recording in Hudson, NY during the summer of 1809. Mixed by Rasputina foundress Melora Creager and Brian Kehew (Moog Cookbook, Fiona Apple, Air).

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This is the best album that Rasputina has come out with yet.
rasputinafreak
What do remain from previous records are Melora's gorgeous voice and those wonderful cellos, making this album distinctly Rasputina.
Robert Burns
Rasputina has yet again proven themselves to be a band with great talent and originality, as well as a sense of humor.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Knowledge Contagion on June 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have been a Rasputina fan for about 11 years and up to now, my favorite album of theirs was "Thanks for the Ether." "Sister Kinderhook" is now vying for that position. Their albums are always unique, but this one introduces many new instruments that I don't recall hearing on other albums (I would list them but because they aren't listed in the little booklet, the only one I can make out for certain is the piano). This album strikes me as having more a chamber feel than any other Rasputina album. [Update - while I don't recall hearing them, they apparently made appearances before "Sister Kinderhook." So ... these instruments have a stronger presence on this album than any other.]

My favorite song on this album is "The Snow Hen of Austerlitz" because the way it is sung evokes wonder and sympathy for this girl who may or may not really exist. She is a child who is raised by birds because her mother forgot that she gave birth to a human baby, not a bird. Another noteworthy song is "Holocaust of Giants" because in it, there is proof that giants existed and killed each other in a meaningless war - "Thank your lucky stars we don't do that anymore" strikes me as rather tongue in cheek. Most of these songs seem to take place in the 1800s and are rich in history and folklore/myth.

While this is a very different album from the rest, musically, a fan can listen to any one of these songs and know immediately that it is Rasputina. As for the way this CD is packaged ... it is entirely made of cardboard and the CD comes sleeved in something similar to wax paper ... I am assuming this is to protect it if/when it slides out of its sleeve when it's not supposed to. This CD has already become one of my favorites.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Burns on June 19, 2010
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Progress can be a wonderful thing.I'm always impressed with Melora Creager's unwillingness to make the same record twice.On Sister Kinderhook, the Rasputina sonic palette continues to gain new colors, this time courtesy of Ms. Creager's banjo & keyboards as well as new cellist Daniel DeJesus' use of erhu (a chinese 2 stringed violin).My concerns over the loss of Jonathan Tebeest,Rasputina's first "official" drummer, are soothed by the presence of new timekeeper Catie D'Amica's more than capable percussion stylings.
What do remain from previous records are Melora's gorgeous voice and those wonderful cellos, making this album distinctly Rasputina.Much of the lyrical content presents an alternate view of history similar to that portayed on Oh Perilous World.Long time admirers of Rasputina, especially those who appreciate Melora Creager's steadfast refusal to stand still musically, will find much to love here and lovers of great, original & intelligent music should not let this one get away.
Last I checked,CD copies of this album (including the LP/Poster/CD package)were still available w/ the beautiful limited edition fan featuing art by Daniel DeJesus.Buy one! They are a thing of beauty, much like this record & much like Rasputina.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Moonchild on July 15, 2010
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This one for me is off the beaten path, in a not so good way. I liked How We Quit the Forest thru Frustration Plantation best. The latter albums mentioned are funner and the concerts were fun too. This latest album doesn't turn me off to Rasputina as I know new every album has something different to taste. I do look forward to more releases.
Can't wait to get torched for my contrary opinion. 'Opinion'. Look it up.
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By Alyson Novak on July 24, 2010
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This one isn't the best of Rasputina's work, but it isn't far from it. The album is tightly knit, this version of the band is a well oiled musical machine. They get into some new territory with songs like Holocaust of Giants with a more punk-pop feel and The Snowhen of Austerlitz with a (gasp!) banjo as the lead instrument. It's a pleasure to listen to all the way through, and each song has its own merits upon repeat listenings. I have a new favorite every time I give it a serious spin. So if you're already a fan, get this album, and if you're just starting out, get this and Oh Perilous World!
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...I'm a pretty stoic guy in my day-to-day living, so one of my big tests of the impact of a work of art is how much it moves me to tears.

On my first listen, I got weepy no less than three times, and it's one of those records that gives you more each time you listen to it. Excellent work by Ms. Creager and Co.

Another good test is how much it inspires you to dig further into its meaning, and this one had me on the google and the wiki for almost every song.
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I love Rasputina. I've been a longtime fan and I own all their major LPs. They specialize in vaguely gothic rock music, in which the primary instrument is the cello. Now, over the years, they have employed a variety of styles, sometimes using electronic beats, and played their cellos both with tons of distortion and none at all. They have happy and sad songs, upbeat and downbeat ones. Rasputina's lead singer, the brilliant Melora Creager, has a very theatrical, over-the-top-of-the-tippity-top voice with A LOT of vibrato which some seem to find grating, but I thoroughly enjoy it. And she sings about lots of things, sometimes down-to-earth but just as often a little more out there.
Sister Kinderhook is Rasputina's darkest, most downbeat, folksiest album, and I would definitely recommend it to any hardcore fans. However, though we Rasputina freaks are always seeking out new converts, this may not be the place to begin. As of now it's their most recent LP, and the production values have definitely gone up, but one may find it takes a while to grow accustomed to the downtrodden vibe as well as some of the lyrics (they've always been a little tongue-in-cheek, but some on this one really push the envelope). At first I was a little disappointed, because all five of their other major albums contain some really catchy rock ballads that can really get me going; not quite true about this one.
I nonetheless am satisfied with this latest point in Rasputina's trajectory. Creager's songwriting has improved, in my opinion, and she now creates more complex compositions (relatively anti verse/chorus stuff). Also, it's a little more consistent than some of their earlier works- I like almost every song on it a lot.
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