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The Darkest Night of the Year

Over the Rhine

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A Danny Darko Christmas

Wowie Zowie, folks! A lost gem hiding itself in the grass is how you can think of this album. Call it a Danny Darko Christmas, Christmas Grinch Music, Zombie Choir Music, or, as this Album titles it, ‘The Darkest Night of the Year’. However you want to think of it, this album of melancholy holiday songs strums the heart strings in such a way to remind us of all the souls out there who weep over what has been lost and cannot be regained. It’s a keeper, folks. As Solomon said, ‘The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning’. ‘The First Noel’, ‘Coal Train’, and ‘A Little Lower Than the Angels’ really do set this type of mood for the album very well indeed. Five Stars.


Formed: 1989 in Cincinnati, OH

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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