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Over The Rhine

Over the Rhine had already developed a large and intensely loyal following in their native Cincinnati, Ohio before they independently released their first two albums, Till We Have Faces (1991) and Patience (1992). Their music, which they aptly dubbed "post-nuclear, pseudo-alternative, folk-tinged art-pop," is difficult to pigeonhole. They have been compared to 10,000 Maniacs, the Innocence Mission, U2, and Shawn Colvin, but the band's personality seems to owe more to its literary influences (which include Dylan Thomas, C.S. Lewis, and T.S. Eliot). They drew attention to their independent albums with their attractively arty CD packaging, and when IRS signed them in 1992, Patience became the first album in the label's history to be re-released with its original indie cover art.

But 1994's Eve would end up the only album the band would record on an IRS budget (with the exception of a slightly touched up re-release of Till We Have Faces in 1995). When the label was bought out in 1996, Over the Rhine escaped from their five-record contract, fearing a loss of artistic autonomy. By the end of the year the band had released two imaginatively sparse acoustic CDs on its own: Good Dog Bad Dog and The Darkest Night of the Year, a melancholy Christmas album. The year 1996 also saw significant personal changes for all four bandmembers: Over the Rhine's chief songwriters (bassist/pianist Linford Detweiler and classically trained lead singer Karin Bergquist) were married in October. In December, guitarist Ric Hordinski left to devote more time to his own band, Monk, and drummer Brian Kelley followed (before he changed his mind in 1997).

The group issued Besides, a fan-club-only compilation of rarities, in early 1997; the official album Amateur Shortwave Radio appeared in 1999. The band's sixth studio effort, Films for Radio, appeared in early 2001. Two years later, Detweiler and Bergquist returned with Ohio. This double-disc set, which marked Over the Rhine's tenth album overall, reflected the band's Midwestern connections. Following a tumultuous year of heavy touring, they returned to the studio (Bergquist and Detweiler's living room, to be precise) and recorded their next album, Drunkard's Prayer, which came out in 2005. They released a career retrospective, Discount Fireworks, in February 2007, followed by the all-new Trumpet Child later that summer. Bergquist and Detweiler released the intimate, epic, and largely fan-funded Long Surrender in 2011, marking the group's 20-year anniversary. Produced by Joe Henry and recorded in just two long sessions, the double-album Meet Me at the Edge of the World followed in 2013. ~ Darryl Cater, Rovi
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First time to hear this band I love it
Just saw them in concert last Friday night with the Milk Carton Kids. Awesome as always!
bjdurham0
Awesome in college 20 some years ago, phenomenal today
jacqueleen.b o r d j a d z e
I always forget how good these guys are and then I "try" them and I fall in love again and again. Ssssooooo good.
the first time I heard OTH was in Baghdad, Iraq. I'm still listening
best band happening today.
sounds so much like lucinda williams
wonderful song - evokes great memoories
tammyhulbert
I close my eyes and smile every time I hear something from Drunkard's Prayer played on Pandora. A defining album for me.
truly lovely stuff...a pleasant surprise!
Great tunes while doing my taxes. I stayed calm!
That sure is a nice sax about 2/3 through Little Did I Know.
davidwillits 7
She sounds like Julie Roberts (counrty artist). Very good music.
Great stuff.
They performed with the ballet at the Aronoff Center recently, and it was freaking amazing.
Amazing stuff here! This is why i love local artists!
wow, this band popped up on my Rachael Yamagata station. I love the haunting sound
Wonderful. Thank you Pandora!!!!
You've got to love it when Pandora pulls up a local band's song! I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. This band is from Cincy! Well done! Pandora for including such a wide variety in the programing! Love it! This is what keeps me listening!
seeing them live, pre IRS and Patience, less than 100 people at Sudsy Malones. Standing 5 feet away from karen singing on stage, still haunts me today. Great college memory!
Haunting and beautiful music from such a tough neighborhood in Cincinnati.
Funny - heard the story about this band on NPR last night, then they show up on my Pandora today. Coindcidence ? I think not!
The collapse of IRS didn't hurt REM or The Smiths, but the same can't be said for OTR; you can't get those discs anymore. The two Robert mentioned are still my favorites.
pandora.... We need their early albums, "till we have faces" and "patience"!
So solid. Very proud of my native Cincy group for representing such a unique niche quality in music.
Enjoying their sound!
Pure sustenance. Always.
Never heard of them before. But i like the song Pandora is playing, "B.P.D.". Very nice. Musically kinda reminds me of Aimee Mann or Jonatha Brooke. Her voice is much closer to Leigh Nash of SixpenseNTR. That's a compliment. I'll check out more Over The Rhine.
just not the same without Ric Hordinski - i wish he'd come back
She sounds a bit like Eliza Gilkerson who I just love, check it out. Great!
I've been a fan for over ten years...list e n i n g , watching, taking concert pictures from the floor of the Blind Pig and The Ark in Ann Arbor. My admiration and appreciation extends to the exceptional prose occasionally published from Linford's journals -- the artistry and soul encompassed in both the music and the lyrics / prose is unsurpassed. Many thanks to Linford and Karin for providing such a timeless gift to those of us who have been fans since the beginning... p e a c e be with you.
Beautiful white horse! The music is of course beautiful and more. No stones to throw from this camp! Blessings.
That two people like Linford and Karin met at a small Christian college in Canton Ohio and have produced music and lyrics for 20 years (and more) is a great American story. Their music and words a re truly spiritual and filled with wonder and maturity. Her voice is singularly sultry and equal to any woman's voice in any genre.
Like this group!!!
andyr52
Angel voice like Allison Krause....Sh e give me Goosebumbs.. . . . . . .
linzb06
Love them... Their music touches my soul. Its the sound that provokes that heart felt smile out of you.
nataliepreis s i n g e r
Over The Rhine never ceases to surprise and inspire me. Their soulful lyrics and provoking sound catches me off guard, comforts and amuses me, and inspires me. If you haven't given them a try, it's worth every moment.
The neighborhood their name comes from used to be separated from the city by the Erie Canal. The German citizenry referred to it as the Rhine, so when they went home from work they had to cross over the Rhine. Some useless trivia for you.
Nasty 'Nati is in the house
spindron
excellent in concert
sarahbramste d t
This biography/re v i e w does significant injustice to the thoughtful lyrical and vocal innovation that marks the ever-evolvin g Over the Rhine. Having attended six live shows and reviewed the poetic lyrics of nearly every album they've produced, I can confidently say that this is my favorite band! Not to be neglected is their wonderful album "Good Dog Bad Dog". If you don't know "Over the Rhine", give each of their albums a try--there's something for everyone!
quietrover13 1 4
Wow! I haven't heard them in years! Still sound great and glad to know they have come so far! Please add the albums 'Patience' and 'Til We Have Faces' if you can! They are my favorites from back when I used to see them at Sudsy Malone's!
wbknowles13
LOVE THIS GROUP!!!!! I found out about theme through a friend of mine that knows theme. Ohio is an awesome cd...
I'm Entertaining Thoughts of the Trumpet Child! Please Please Please add it!
Never heard of these guys before... but if they list C.S. Lewis as a key influence, I'm going to have to check them out...
tiffdeck
I agree with angelabdpete r s o n Please add Trumpet Child. It is fantastic!!
Nice music for suffering, lonely hearts and teary-eyed emotional wrecks like me.
Please add the Trumpet Child (their newest)... I love that CD! "If you came to make trouble, make me a double, I think it's good."
sharons316
I saw these folks way back in the late 80's in St Louis open for Adrian Belew & hadn't heard anything else about them. That made me sad because they were so good! Thanks Pandora for turning me on again!
playingarmy
I was born and raised in Cincinnati. Many of my friends listened to OTR and I knew most of their music. I haven't listened to them in years and then one day, while listening to Pandora, there they were. I was so excited and fell in love with their music all over again! I took my sister to their 20th Anniversary Concert, in Cincinnati, this past December. She has never listen to their music, but really enjoyed herself and now loves it. They are an amazing band if you can see them live!
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