9 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Blood Oranges in the Snow represents the third collection of holiday-inspired music from the Ohio-based husband-and-wife duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, known as Over the Rhine. This effort takes the least obvious path to the holidays, foregoing Christmas carols and songs overtly tied to the season. “Another Christmas” does make the link, but it does so with an honest humanity. The cover of Merle Haggard’s “If We Make It Through December” remains a poignant reminder of tough times. The all-star Band of Sweethearts, featuring pedal steel extraordinaire Eric Heywood, hollow-body bassist Jennifer Condos, and drummer Jay Bellerose, provide color and empathy. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Blood Oranges in the Snow represents the third collection of holiday-inspired music from the Ohio-based husband-and-wife duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, known as Over the Rhine. This effort takes the least obvious path to the holidays, foregoing Christmas carols and songs overtly tied to the season. “Another Christmas” does make the link, but it does so with an honest humanity. The cover of Merle Haggard’s “If We Make It Through December” remains a poignant reminder of tough times. The all-star Band of Sweethearts, featuring pedal steel extraordinaire Eric Heywood, hollow-body bassist Jennifer Condos, and drummer Jay Bellerose, provide color and empathy. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
24 Ratings
24 Ratings
davidwb ,

Let it Fall!

OtR understands the bleaker melancholy side of Christmas which, in the end, makes for a more filling meal than the empty glitzy version sold by our consumer society. There's a quiet understated beauty in this album, a few tears shed, and hope for the coming year. And for long time OtR fans, a guest appearance by drummer Mickey Grimm which brought a smile to my face when I read the liner notes.

CaylorFan ,

Song Stories

So few artists tell such beautiful stories in their writing. You quickly disappear into whatever scene is being set, most of which are painted white with snow. What a breath of fresh air, especially here in Hong Kong!

Alleyeggroll ,

Sing the soundtrack of my year

Last year's album accompanied me through a magical journey of solitude across the ocean and back. This album promises to deliver even more with solid songs and excellent lyrics. I can't wait to see where it takes me.

About 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

ORIGIN
Cincinnati, OH
FORMED
1989

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