How We Quit the Forest

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How We Quit the Forest
Studio album by Rasputina
Released August 4, 1998
Genre Alternative rock
Label Columbia
Producer Chris Vrenna
Melora Creager
Rasputina chronology
Transylvanian Regurgitations
(1997)
How We Quit the Forest
(1998)
The Olde HeadBoard
(1998)

How We Quit the Forest is the second studio album from Rasputina, released in 1998. After years of being out of print, frontwoman Melora Creager re-released the album on her own label, Filthy Bonnet, on CD and for the first time, vinyl, in 2011. Former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna produced the album and provided its many sounds and samples.

A long box edition was also manufactured, previous to its wide release, for promotional purposes. It contained a story-book with art put together by Creager, also featured as a CD extra program activated when used in a computer. It is very difficult to find.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Tim Sheridan of Allmusic commented "This band deals in what can only be called chamber-goth: a grungey cello-driven rock that is perfect for those nights when you just want to feel creepy. While the sound is original and sometimes very effective, the overwrought vocal vibrato gets tedious."[2] Tom Lanham of Amazon.com commented "You can litmus-test yourself with the name alone. If you don't appreciate the stained-glass humor of a trio of corseted female cellists warping the moniker of the Mad Monk, chances are you're going to despise [...] one of the year's most curious releases. Get the gag? Good. You're in for one hell of a strange sonic trip... The disc is alternately jarring and gentle. Creager's subject matter gets downright sinister at times. Where else can you hear yarns concerning the ancient medical practice of leech application?"[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Melora Creager (except where noted). 

No. Title Length
1. "The Olde HeadBoard"   2:51
2. "LeechWife"   3:12
3. "You Don't Own Me" (David White/John Madara) 2:24
4. "The New Zero"   3:40
5. "Rose K."   2:48
6. "DwarfStar"   2:41
7. "Sign of the Zodiac"   3:46
8. "TrenchMouth"   3:10
9. "Herb Girls of Birkenau"   3:02
10. "MayFly"   2:38
11. "Christian Soldiers"   1:31
12. "Things I'm Gonna Do"   3:13
13. "Diamond Mind" (Creager/Julia Kent) 1:11
14. "How We Quit the Forest"   2:36
15. "Watch T.V."   3:07

Credits and personnel[edit]

Rasputina[4]
Production and personnel[4]
  • Chris Vrenna - Drums, Producer, Programming
  • Critter - Engineer, Mixing
  • Annette Cisneros – Assistant Engineer, Mixing Assistant
  • Wade Goeke – Assistant Engineer, Mixing Assistant
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Rick Hackley - Mixing Assistant
  • Smoove Tone - Mixing Assistant
  • Don C. Tyler – Digital Editing
  • Kiku - Art Direction
  • Brian Welch – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Sheridan, Tim. "How We Quit the Forest Allmusic review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  3. ^ "How We Quit the Forest". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  4. ^ a b "How We Quit the Forest credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-20.