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Sister Kinderhook

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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).

1. Sweet Sister Temperance
2. Holocaust of Giants
3. The 2 Miss Leavens
4. My Night Sky
5. Olde Dance
6. Humankind, as the Sailor
7. Calico Indians
8. Snow-Hen of Austerlitz
9. Dark February
10. Utopian Society
11. Afternoon of the Faun
12. Kinderhook Hoopskirt Works
13. April Sketch
14. My Porcelain Life

Product Details

  • Vinyl (June 29, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B003HO0SBM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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
Format: Audio CD
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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Format: Audio CD
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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By Anubis on June 8, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Although Rasputina's sound is not enjoyed by all because of its amalgam of musical styles and experimental sounds, their work on this album is a more polished version of all of their enigmatic music, creating a highly enjoyable listen. However, those who prefer the rough, rock sounds of "Frustration Plantation" will most likely be disappointed. This new CD is most comparable to their debut album, "Thanks for the Ether", but with a more coherent sound. Melora's voice has much less of her somewhat disorienting vibrato, and the whole band's cellos combine to create truly beautiful sounds on just about every track. Those who are fans of Rasputina's historical lyrics will not be disappointed, as there are many gems of stories in these tracks. Rasputina has yet again proven themselves to be a band with great talent and originality, as well as a sense of humor. Highly recommended for fans of unique music.
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