April 05, 2005

Over The Rhine "Drunkhard's Prayer"

Talk about beautiful! The Ohio-based group has been making beautiful, dark “alt-country” music for the past fifteen years, but this record, Drunkard’s Prayer, is an excellent milestone for any group. Recorded in a living room, it’s dark, beautiful and intimate in a way most music isn’t any more. Backed with gorgeous, twinkling pianos, heavenly pedal steel guitars and the gorgeous singing of Karin Bergquist, I can’t think of a record I’ve heard this year that’s quite as lush and beautiful and dark and touching as this one. Jazzy yet countrified; operatic yet minimalist, the band mixes and matches some gorgeous songs with gorgeous music and the results are…gorgeous. From the Cabaret-style “Hush Now (Stella’s Tarantula)” to the country rock of “Lookin’ Forward” and the lovely cover of “My Funny Valentine” and the simple ambience of the title track, Over the Rhine have made a record that captures pure emotion quite simply, and that they do it so effortlessly makes Drunkard’s Prayer even more rewarding of a find; it’s gorgeous music for those ‘tears in your beer’ moments.

--Joseph Kyle

Artist Website: http://www.overtherhine.com
Label Website: http://www.backporchrecords.com

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