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Meet Me at the Edge of the World

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2013 two CD release from the Southern Ohio-based husband-and-wife team of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Linford Detweiler and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Karin Bergquist. Following up on their critically-acclaimed release The Long Surrender, Over the Rhine returns with the double album Meet Me At The Edge Of The World. The band has again teamed up with Grammy -winning producer Joe Henry to record timeless and vivid songs with striking harmony vocals.

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  • Audio CD (September 3, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: GREAT SPECKLED DOG
  • ASIN: B00DRGQZPS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G. Sylvester on September 16, 2013
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I've been listening to OtR since Eve, and have loved to see (hear) the growth over the years. As with any band, there are bound to be ups and downs. I received this double album as an advance release as part of the crowd-sourcing to fund its making, so I've been listening to it for quite a few weeks now, and really this album is one of their best.
I have to chuckle, looking at some of the mixed reviews this album has received. Music is so personal, so subjective--what resonates with me may not resonate with you! In retrospect, I'd say that Good Dog Bad Dog is probably their crown jewel. But honestly, this is no slouch. Lyrically, there are a lot of bucolic, natural references; which one would expect given that it was inspired in great extent by their "farm". However, I was surprised by the number of death/dying references. The lyrics are beautiful. Driving in the car, my 5 year-old asked us, "What does she mean 'all I want to be is a thousand blackbirds bursting into flight.'?" As some reviewers have commented, the music veers away from the piano a bit, which initially made me sad, but I've come to enjoy the current incarnation. Sparse, open and inviting is how I'd best describe it.
OtR has such a diverse catalogue, it's hard to say, they are "x" genre. As with so many things out there, If you love it revel in it fully, and if you don't, just wait for the next album, you'll probably hear something new. Enjoy the ride.
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Over the Rhine, the husband-and-wife team of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, moved in 2005 to the countryside an hour east of Cincinnati (the band is named after one of the city's neighborhoods). Their new home soon was nicknamed "Nowhere Farm", and now 8 years later, the band has released a concept album about that place. The album was going to be called "The Farm" but renamed at the last minute.

"Meet Me At the Edge Of the World" (2 CDs; 19 tracks; 70 min.) is a double album, just like in the old vinyl days. CD1 (10 tracks) is called "Sacred Ground" and kicks off with the album's title track. The first thing you will notice is that Karin and Linford are singing in unison, although Karin's vocals are more upfront still. Also immediately noticeable is the rustic sound. "Sacred Ground" is an achingly beautiful ode ("Help me trace the scars on mountain/The sun that sets in a bloody fountain/Take me home and lay me down/On the hungry earthy/On the sacred ground"). "Gonna Let My Soul Catch My Body" is the most boisterous tune on the entire album. Aimee Mann contributes vocals to "Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down". CD2 (9 tracks) is called "Blue Jean Sky", and starts off with the very best song on the album, the 6 min. epic yet intimate "All Over Ohio", in which Linford and Karin trade verses and the lyrics send shivers up my spine ("Well the rain it has been falling/Like it wants to drown us all/And the trees are gently swaying/Like they're thinkin' 'bout the fall/I still get shivers when I hear/You singin' down the hall/I'm gonna kiss you all over Ohio"). "Blue Jean Sky" is another memorable tune. There are also 2 short instrumentals on CD2, including "The Birds of Nowhere Farm", amazingly the only song on the album with Linford on piano.
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Sublimely beautiful. Heartfelt American poetry, hymn-like words and music. Intense, powerful, mature. My favorite cd of 2013. Karin and Linford of Over The Rhine are making some of the best music from a small farm in Ohio. Their sense of place and time is exquisite. These are deeply spiritual songs; inspirational, provocative, soul-opening. I am deeply grateful to have discovered them several years ago......Magnificent
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Hold your breath. This one hits with force. Not only do these two wrap us in pleasurable music of a different kind (not your twang twang country music twang) but if lyrics are as important to you as it is to many of us they are superb. Each stands alone as a poem with meaning I and you can relate to. No frantic need to be braking a fantastic history. Deeper and always such lovely harmonies. I am thrilled to post again a 5 star review for this unusually talented twosome. Courageous enough to be who they are: a non conformist duet whose love for music shines. I hope for more and wish for them to endure the oh so fickle music world and its so called "critics". Yes, I will play this, on and on and am glad I opted for the actual CDs, rather than the MP3 download. Now, exhale.
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The prodigous output of this duo is matched only by the quality of this 2-disc set. This is wonderful new material, delivered with musical finesse and soul. I just recently discovered Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, and I can't get enough of them. Joe Henry produced this album, so what more could I ask for? Immerse yourself. If you start with this album, next try Ohio -- another 20-disc set.
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Just discovered this group and their music is beautiful, different from mainstream, and sometimes thought-provoking and fun. The female lead singer has the most gorgeous voice.

The genre is Folk/New age.
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In the interest of full disclosure, I've been a fan of Over the Rhine for a long time, going back to their indie/college rock days. I've seen them live multiple times, so I'm disposed to like their work. That said, "Meet Me at the Edge of the World" is one of their best. Now that Karin Berquist and Linford Detweiler are the only permanent members of the group, they are free from the constraints of the standard pop-group formats. The music is based around Detweiler's distinctive barrel-house/gospel piano and Berquist's sublime voice stretches and twists words and syllables into impressionistic collages. If you are an adventurous sort, you should definitely check out "Meet Me at the Edge of the World." I do not think you will regret it.
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