Witchy chamber goths Rasputina raided the Library of Congress's History Of Southern Song and daguerreotype vaults for this record's inspiration, and they've added a dose of the South to their eclectic, girly string arrangements. I don't usually go for the witchy goth thing, and the results aren't always awesome - opener Doomsday Averted is a bit precious and offputting - but for the most part, the disc's entertaining and witty, with tales of girls made out of salt and men who only had one cow. It's alternately dainty and spooky, rockin' and poppy, clear as wind chimes and distorted and dissonant. Founder Melora Krieger gets a wide range of emotion and sound out of her cello. Features a punky cover of the 30s tune If Your Kisses Can't Hold The Man You Love.
Rasputina swoop into Lee's Palace Sunday (October 24).