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Red Knife Lottery: Soiled Soul & RaptureSoiled Soul & Rapture (2009)
Uprising Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Red Knife Lottery's first long-player, Soiled Soul & Rapture, is a long time coming. While it's a solid effort, it seems the band sort of skipped right from their March on Electric Children -- 2005's extremely promising EP, So Much Drama -- to their Crimes. That is, to say, Soiled Soul & Rupture is .


Red Knife Lottery's first long-player, Soiled Soul & Rapture, is a long time coming. While it's a solid effort, it seems the band sort of skipped right from their March on Electric Children -- 2005's extremely promising EP, So Much Drama -- to their Crimes. That is, to say, Soiled Soul & Rupture is simultaneously weirder yet largely more accessible, chock full of sassy and spastic takes on both melody and intensity. But it does seem like they skipped over their Burn, Piano Island, Burn, which they assuredly had the potential to make (you know -- an astounding, genre-defining/defying album that blows minds at nearly every turn).

See, that Blood Brothers metaphor isn't just appropriate for cataloging the band's success rate. A tamer take on that Pacific Northwest band's friction and frenetic motion continues to coat everything Red Knife Lottery does, but they're by no means copycat notions -- just a quietly steady similarity, really (check the uptempo, flailing "Hip Bruisers"), but especially when frontwoman Ashley Chapman lets loose her Johnny Whitney-esque caterwaul screams. The freakout in "Junkie Jazz" fits these descriptions well, but it works perfectly and is probably Rapture's best, most attention-grabbing moment.

You might think Rapture has a slight cabaret vibe with the slower, keyboard-inflected opener "Holy Skirts," but it doesn't quite hold for anything else on the album. The band prove more adept at swelling, unnerving atmospheres; Since by Man, once close associates of RKL and also fellow Milwaukeeans, have always played a subtle influence to the band's style, and one can hear their fuzzy, pensive atmospheres in more wall-of-sound collapses like "Raise No Fool," "Shapeshifter" and "SWSW."

Soiled Soul & Rupture only suffers because of its unnatural-feeling arc and usually curt approach. The songs are thoughtful and condensed but tend to lose sight of a climax. Nonetheless, this is a creative and worthwhile debut.

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KevinH (September 30, 2009)

Score is for the band name.

HankScorpio (September 29, 2009)

I miss the Blood Brothers.

victim (September 29, 2009)

I read an interview with the band where the singer Ashley explains that on So Much Drama a now-ex-member had wrote the song titles before she joined and so she just rolled with it. The lyrics had some real high moments..the LP does too but they don't carry quite the same Oomph, at least in my opinion

So overall I liked So Much Drama better than most stuff from the Blood Brothers, but this new one (from the interview) bears Ashley's distinctive stamp quite a bit more. Again, there are still moments where the lyrics really come together (but it is a bit uneven -- the Dahmer line at the end is almost cringeworthy)

I liked the freakouts of the EP and also its more "edgy" subect matter as oppose to the highly personal theme that runs through almost all of Soiled Soul.

Still, this is one of the better albums I've heard this year and I am very stoked on them for the future. My biggest complaint is that the songs I liked the best are from the teaser (Hip Bruisers, Jack) and also the songs they previewed forever on myspace (Artist Is Nothing, one other I forget).

Finally, I am glad I had access to the lyrics because I wouldn't have figured out "bawdy mouth". It sounds more like "spotty mound" to me.

Thanks for reviewing this man, I think everybody interested in BB like bands should give this (and also So Much Drama) a listen

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