188. Eve – Over the Rhine
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.