188. Eve – Over the Rhine

EVE (1994)

Over the Rhine

One of the great injustices in the world of modern music is that Over the Rhine is not mentioned in the same breath with 10,000 Maniacs, The Innocence Mission or for that matter, even Sixpence None the Richer. Brilliantly conceived, produced and presented, the core of Over the Rhine are husband/wife duo Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist have created some of the greatest music of the past two decades. And far too few even know it.

Detweiler and two other original band members were actually a part of the final incarnation of classic Christian rock band Servant before joining forces Bergquist to create Over the Rhine. Immediately the band seemed to generate a college radio buzz and a loyal following. The band never really expanded much beyond their cult following but that has not stopped them from creating some brilliant music.

Eve is a pinnacle release though it should be noted that their double album, Ohio, should have also received recognition here and its omission is noteworthy. This album was last two be released by IRS Records and is their most commercial and memorable. Never shrinking from a Biblical Worldview the band also never beats the listener over the head with anything resembling trite CCM platitudes.

Bergquist’s edgy and quirky vocals remind the writer of a little Patti Griffin mixed with Flemming McWilliams (Flemming and John).  At times her voice will lilt softly over acoustic driven pop alternative and other times will swirl and pierce through the rock edged and passionate instrumentation. Lyrics and honest and real, performance authentic and sincere. This is clearly an AYSO along with the majority of OTR’s recordings.

  1. Strawshine
    February 8, 2011 at 4:33 am

    I have this one, I don’t listen to it much. I’d say “Good Dog Bad Dog” and “Ohio” are my favourite OtR offerings but they didn’t really play any songs from those albums when I saw them for the first time this past Novemeber in Seattle. If what I’ve read online is true then this is the one that Gene Eugene worked on? That always seemed like a rather odd combination to me…

  2. Greenchili
    December 15, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Definitely hearing some Flemming McWilliams in there…

  3. Dale
    March 14, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Oh, man. It is a crying shame that the only entry for OTR is here for an earlier record before they really began to hit their stride with the amazing Ohio, which should be in the top ten, along with my personal favourite, Drunkard’s Prayer. In my opinion, Eve is okay, but they are still finding their sound, while Ohio is filled with such a range of sophisticated styles, yet still holds together as one the greatest, and profound, documents of a marriage/relationship in deep trouble, yet eventually finding grace and reconciliation, as suggested by the end of Ohio and celebrated in Drunkard’s Prayer. This is grand art with beautiful music and playing, and heartfelt, raw, moving and intelligent lyrics NOT for the faint of heart. There are too many songs that should be considered classics, such as “Drunkard’s Prayer”, but, yes, sadly, few know them. Unfortunately, this band deserves a much higher ranking on this list with at least two superior records to Eve. I would go so far as to say that Ohio or Drunkard’s Prayer should be number one or two on your list.

    • low5point
      March 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      That would mark the 437th number one or two album

      • Dale
        March 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm

        I hear you. It is all so subjective, but I am surprised only Eve made the cut. I even downloaded a copy of The 77s — excellent record. Thanks for bringing their music more to my attention, as well as many others. This list will have some impact on some listeners, so I am disappointed that OTR did not get their due in a greater way. Thanks, though, for this huge effort and accomplishment.

  4. The
    April 12, 2014 at 6:20 am

    What exactly are trite ccm platitudes?

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