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Cellist plays classical music that sounds like rock, and vice versa.


On her MySpace page, Chicago instrumentalist Alison Chesley declares, “Aggravate the cello.” That pretty much seems the ethos behind Helen Money, her debut solo album. The 11 cello-powered songs range from unnerving to downright menacing (titles like “I’ll See You in Hell” and “Iggy” should give listeners an indication of what’s in store). Chesley was a founding member of Verbow, an alt-pop group that released a pair of albums at the end of the ’90s and toured with Morrissey, Liz Phair, and Counting Crows. Those gigs led to session work with artists as diverse as post-punk legend Bob Mould and mook-rockers Disturbed. On her own, the classically trained Chesley takes a more snaky approach to songs, filling spaces with foreboding string hums and finger-blistering virtuosity.
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