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The Long Surrender (Bonus Track Version)

Over the Rhine

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Ohio’s Over the Rhine have dwindled down to primarily the husband-wife duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Berquist. With producer Joe Henry carefully sculpting atmospheres, the duo go about crafting songs that aim for the heart and the ether. It’s mostly the effect of Berquist’s classically trained vocals that can skitter close to an ache and then take flight like a butterfly. “The Laugh of Recognition” has a sense of longing burning underneath its easeful gait. Elsewhere, the darkness swells over tunes that turn to a disturbing quiet to make their points. “Sharpest Blade” is pure noir. “Undamned,” with its upright bass stalking the sparse guitar piece and its guest vocals from Lucinda Williams, has the feel of a nightclub scene coming apart as the daylight exposes the hidden blemishes. “Infamous Love Songs” has a grand sense of theater with the perfect vocal and piano flourishes. “Only God Can Save Us Now” is a simple, straightforward folk song. “Oh Yeah By the Way” is a sweet duet. This Exclusive Version includes a gorgeous take of “Favorite Time of Light.”

Customer Reviews

If you could only only 2 CDs: Good Dog Bad Dog & The Long Surrender

I've been a fan of OtR for a very long time. Their Christmas concert has become a family tradition and of late the summer Coney Island concert too. One of the things I love about the band is that they've never made the same album twice. It would be easy for Karin and Linford to remake "Ohio" or "Trumpet Child"; many bands have given in to that kind of temptation. But the band continues to grow, to experiment, and to branch out. It has disappointed some fans perhaps but without that spirit to grow "The Long Surrender" would never have happened.

"The Laugh of Recognition" and "Days Like This" are obvious choices for single releases. They showcase Karin's soaring voice and literate lyrics. But without question my favorite is "Only God Can Save Us Now". I think no one but Karin could write a song about the people she met in a nursing home when she visited her mother and only Karin could make that song hopeful despite it all. Like Karin, all my favorite people are broken, and I'd have it no other way.

In the past I introduced people to my favorite band by giving them "Good Dog Bad Dog" but from now on it will be this album. What Karin and Linford, Joe Henry, and a thousand or more good friends have created is a wonder to behold.


God...this is good!
So, I played it again.
and then turned it UP. LOUD
All kinds of surprises lurking around the edges!
Played it some more...lots of times!
a gorgeous batch of songs this is!
Full of life and honesty...
real, heartfelt, poetic
beautifully crafted

Emotionally Amazing

Until one has experienced Over the Rhine live, you have not lived. An amazing duo that has traveled and toured with an array of talented people. Each giving a piece of them selves to the haunting and lasting music of Over the Rhine. They have a song for every emotion and every mood. Extremely humble and eternally grateful, Karin and Linford never cease to be emotionally amazing.


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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