Romanticism, child soldiers, Mary Shelley, draconian oppression, death. All
dark and sad things, right? Not in the capable hands of chamber-pop
goddesses (including one dude goddess) Rasputina. What makes these gloomy
goths so appealing? First, they aren't purists. Cellos, corset rock and
morose cynicism dance a ghostly polonaise with pop accessibility and the
whimsical eclecticism of circus music. And, oh, the layers, the textures --
there hasn't been a monster mash this intricate, this complicated since Dr.
Frankenstein's Creature (or maybe Kate Bush).