Meet Me At the Edge of the World by Over the Rhine on Apple Music

19 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The husband-and-wife duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist bought an 1830s brick farmhouse in southern Ohio in the mid-'00s, and they've spent the past few years getting in touch with the past and the present that exists in its rooms and on the acres surrounding them. When they eventually came up for air, they had a double album’s worth of material. Then they recorded it in six days with producer Joe Henry, along with a spirited cover of The Band’s “It Makes No Difference.” Bergquist brings a solemnity to everything she sings, and traces of The Cowboys Junkies feel present in low-key and haunted tracks like "I’d Want You.” The duo's own bluesy edge breaks through the title track and “Gonna Let My Soul Catch My Body.” But mostly this is a spiritual quest, and reflection is the preferred mode—even as storm clouds threaten on “Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

The husband-and-wife duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist bought an 1830s brick farmhouse in southern Ohio in the mid-'00s, and they've spent the past few years getting in touch with the past and the present that exists in its rooms and on the acres surrounding them. When they eventually came up for air, they had a double album’s worth of material. Then they recorded it in six days with producer Joe Henry, along with a spirited cover of The Band’s “It Makes No Difference.” Bergquist brings a solemnity to everything she sings, and traces of The Cowboys Junkies feel present in low-key and haunted tracks like "I’d Want You.” The duo's own bluesy edge breaks through the title track and “Gonna Let My Soul Catch My Body.” But mostly this is a spiritual quest, and reflection is the preferred mode—even as storm clouds threaten on “Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down.”

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3:06
4:22
2:43
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3:43
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5:55
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3:31
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1:09
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2:41
1:00
5:50

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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