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A collaboration with ultra-talented Nashville producer/arranger Brad Jones (Matthew Sweet, Josh Rouse, Ron Sexsmith, Richard Julian) The Trumpet Child celebrates American music in the most richly imaginative ways. On The Trumpet Child, producer Brad Jones tapped the broken-bottle-strewn back alleyways of Nashville for an arresting array of horn, woodwind and string players to festoon the trademark simplicity of Over The Rhine, and the result is a juicy informally-epic pop album unlike any other you're likely to hear this year. Digipak.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 21, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Great Speckled Dog
  • ASIN: B000RIWB0M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
With the release of "The Trumpet Child", Over the Rhine has released not one, not two, not three, but FOUR albums in the past year. First there was the outstanding and long-awaited second Christmas album "Snow Angels" (independantly released in December 06), then there was "Live from Nowhere, Volume 2", a great live album also released independantly in early 07, and then there was "Discount Fireworks", the outstanding first ever career-overview, released by Back Porch also in early 07. After their record deal with Back Porch ran out in 2006, the band decided to go the independent route, and this is the first 'regular' studio to come out from that.

"The Trumpet Child" (11 tracks, 41 min.) continues the band's evolution into more jazzier sounds, even cabaret-like, as primary songwriter Linford Dettweiler writes in the liner notes. This comes out in songs like the opener "I Don't Wanna Waste Your Time", "I'm On a Roll" and the title track. Much better for me is the album's mid-section, with Karin Bergquist-penned track (and first single) "Entertaining Thoughts" and also "Let's Spend the Day In Bed", the best track of the album for me. There are a number of tracks on here that OtR has been playing in concert for a while now, including the funny "Trouble" (Karin's ode of sorts to Linford) and also the album closer "If A Song Could Be President", the most overtly political song ever from OtR, and, frankly, a turn-off for me, with silly lines like "We'll make Neil Young a Senator/Even though he's from Canada". Urr... no.

That aside, "The Trumpet Child" is a great addition to the rich Over the Rhine catalogue. Karin Bergquist's vocals sound as warm and rich as ever before. The band continues to evolve, and I've been on this ride since the early 90s. I can only hope they can keep surprising me!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Keith Bergendorff on August 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I thought Over the Rhine's last [non-holiday non-retrospective] studio release Drunkard's Prayer was a beautiful and heart-wrenching CD, but it also made me worry that OtR might be losing the sense of stylistic adventure that always distinguished their evolution as a band, and that maybe they were settling a little too comfortably into the alt-countryish groove they first inhabited with Ohio. But The Trumpet Child has arrived to announce resoundingly that this is not the case! Karin and Linford have brought together a very talented troupe of musicians to record this relatively light-hearted collection of songs (a respite of sorts after the soul-dredging of Drunkard's Prayer -- now they're kicking back and getting stoned on love), and the CD features a diverse mix of sophisticated arrangements graced with the usual high levels of passion and musicianship that fans have come to expect from Over the Rhine. There are really no songs I don't like here (the first OtR album I can say that about since Good Dog Bad Dog), from the cautionary invitational "I Don't Want to Waste Your Time" to the whimsical folk anthem "If a Song Could Be President" and in my opinion this album includes some of their best. "Nothing Is Innocent" is my personal favorite and is perhaps their most scathing (and certainly their most haunting) commentary on the state of the nation to date. "The Trumpet Child" is unlike anything I've ever heard and one of the most stirring performances by Karin and Linford on record, brilliantly synthesizing the twin themes of faith and music that have always shaped their lives, and building to a joyful climax followed by a wonderful coda and dissolution by the piano and horns.Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Willis Pershey on August 25, 2007
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I'm surprised by the negative reviews that cite the dramatic change in genre heard on The Trumpet Child as a problem; musical versatility and genre-bending are par for the course with Over the Rhine. They have a lot of albums, and no two sound alike. You've got the early-90s alt-rock-pop of Eve, the late 90s folk of Good Dog Bad Dog, the looped up Films for Radio, the pared down Drunkard's Prayer. If you unwrap The Trumpet Child expecting a third disc of Ohio, you're going to be disappointed, but that doesn't mean it isn't an excellent record. The lyrics here are as innovative and poetic as ever, and the music itself is playful, soulful, haunting, and frisky- sometimes all in the same measure. The CD is being touted as their "party record," and while the tongue-in-cheek yet endearingly idealistic "If a Song Could Be President" certainly makes for a fun listen, there's substance here. The title track is astounding, and the thread of hard-won joy that is woven through the entire album is every bit as profound as the threadbare melancholy of GDBD and DP.

If you dismiss this lovely, jazzy incarnation of Over the Rhine, I think you're missing out. But just wait 'til next season, when this band that has turned musical transformation into an art form comes back with a whole different tune. In the meantime, play it loud.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike S. Smutny on September 24, 2007
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After reading these reviews I feel compelled to write one. I'm shocked at the negative reviews of this disc since I really, really like it and I'm troubled that this is getting dissed simply because of it's retro arrangements. I'm relatively new to OtR, having only "Drunkard's Prayer" and "Films for Radio" but don't find this that much of a departure. They seem to enjoy playing with various styles and this one suites their talents, and regardless of the style these are very strong songs. "Trouble" is my new favorite drive-to-work-in-the-morning song. "I'm on a Roll" and "I don't wanna waste your time" sound like vintage Maria Muldaur. "let's spend the day in bed" is sultry and funky and "Don't wait for Tom" is hilarious. I agree that "if a song could be president" is lame though, almost enough to knock it down a star, but not quite.

They've strayed too close to Dido and Sarah McLachlan territory with the "alternative" vibe. For me this classic, well worn, smokey bar room jazz groove is a welcome diversion. It's nice to hear them sound relaxed and like they're having fun. If you like Robinella, Jolie Holland, Madeline Peroux, The Little Willies, Po' Girl, Sonja Kitchell, Ray Lamontagne, or of course old school Tom Waits you'll find this very satisfying.
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