I discovered Rasputina quite by accident. In high school I belonged to one of those record clubs. You know, you get 48 CDs and all you have to give in return is your first born. Every month they would send this music catalogue, which would have the tiniest, half-sentence blurb about a wide range of artists. I had never heard of Rasputina before, but their description read something like "goth-punk cello trio." I was intrigued, so I read on. It listed one of their songs: "Transylvanian Concubine." I was sold.
Rasputina quickly became one of my favorite bands. They even helped me "meet" my now-husband. We hung out in the same group, but I didn't like him - he was kind of a jerk. One day he asked, in an open question to the group, if anyone had ever heard of the band Rasputina. I immediately chimed in, and instantly earned a bit of respect from him - I was the only one who knew Raspy.
As you can see, Raspy holds a special place in my heart, and always falls into my Top 5 favorite musicians. So when I eagerly jammed their new disc, O, Perlious World into my CD player, I was quite disappointed. I don't mean to be an alarmist; the disc isn't bad, it's just not what I want from a Rasputina album.
O, Perlious World feels far more like a folksy bluegrass album than anything Rasputina has previously put out. This disc features almost no cello songs. Guitars and drums are featured heavily, along with a myriad of other instruments that my ears are too untrained to pick out. I don't necessarily expect a disc loaded with mournful cello crooning (such was their first disc) In fact, I love that each disc they release is an evolution of their sound. But Rasputina is a cello group - I do expect to hear cellos somewhere.