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"Snow Angels" (12 tracks; 43 min.) starts off with one those concert classics, "All I Ever Get for Christmas Is Blue", a fabulous song and it's nice to finally get the studio version. "Darling (Christmas Is Coming") and "White Horse" are in the same vein (also also concert staples). "Goodbye Charles" is a piano-jazzy instrumental. "Snowed In With You" is a prime example of why this album works s well: a light, jazzy tone, with an irresistable winter/Christmas undertone. This album contains nothing but originals, and works terrific from start to finish. How many contemporary artists can bring a Christmas album without any covers, and actually pull it off? Well OtR has on "Snow Angels". Karin Bergquist's lead vocals sounds as warm as ever, and the perfect voice for a Christmas album as you settle in for the night in front of the open fire.
In all, "Snow Angels" is a terrific, if long delayed, follow-up to "The Darkest Night of the Year", and in fact may even have topped it. Please note that the band actually self-released this album in November, 2006, and now this is getting a much-deserved national release.Read more ›
OtR brings to Yuletide their bedazzling touch with the blues and their stupendous way with a lyric. Christmas is before all else a Christian celebration, which to this reviewer causes a bit of a squirm when devoutly secular artists toss off an album to the cause (are you out there, Sarah McLachlan?). OtR does not posture itself within that bandwidth we call `contemporary Christian'. So what do they do with, say, a manger?
The short answer: lots.
OtR is not so much Christian in the popular sense as they are theological in the existential sense. Rather than traffic in the clichés of a religious movement they probe to the deep structure from which those movements emerge and, in their best moments, nourish themselves. The OtR soul has trafficked heavily not only in biblical motifs but also the (post-)Amish and camp meeting millieus that sink their roots deeply into that material and its ever-renewing traditions.
What to do, the, with the season?:
In `Darling (Christmas is Coming)':
Tear these thorns from my heart
Help the healing to start
Let's set this old world free
Let's start with you and me
Darlin' Christmas is coming
Salvation bells are ringing
Darlin' Christmas is coming
Do you believe in angels singing
Darin' the snow is falling
Falling like forgiveness from the sky
The tentacles of that last phrase reach out in several directions, several of them organically connected to what Christians still like to call `Advent'. The fierce warrior angel Gabriel and a number of things virtually fall from the sky in the gospels' infancy narratives.Read more ›
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I'd never heard of Over The Rhine until very recently when I saw them mentioned on a friend's Facebook page last month. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Edward Anderson
simply the best Christmas music of the last 10 years with all original songs, a bluesy feel like being in a small cabaret with a glass of Cabernet listening to something new yet... Read morePublished 20 months ago by W. Walsh
Unconventional Christmas music. A relief from the cacaphony heard in stores and on the radio this time of year. Doh't buy if you like hookey holiday songs.Published 20 months ago by John A. Stewart
This is my favorite album from OTR.
Bought 5 of these for Christmas gifts, and had some very happy family members.
One of my all-time favorite Christmas albums. It's different than your typical Christmas carols album, but the music and singing are beautiful and soulful and reverent.Published on January 16, 2014 by SC Reader
Just like their group name, they are phenomenal. Their songs are innovative and harmonies are perfect. I would recommend this album to my friends.Published on December 31, 2013 by Mary C. Roberts
Quickly became my favorite Christmas album of the year (two years runnning). Beautiful singing and instrumentals. Made me want to hear all there other music.Published on December 13, 2013 by Jeanne L. Stanley
I've been an OTR fan for like 15 or so years, but fell behind keeping up with their more recent albums. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Alisha