Good Dog Bad Dog: The Home Recordings

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All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Five years after the dissolution of their relationship with IRS Records, the Cincinnati-based lit-pop band Over the Rhine once again became a major-label presence when they signed with Back Porch, a new offshoot of Virgin Records. The group took the opportunity to refine and reissue their 1996 homespun masterpiece Good Dog Bad Dog, which had already sold 25,000 copies at concerts and through mail order despite never being officially released. Though Over the Rhine had originally planned a more expansive production for Good Dog Bad Dog, the new edition doesn't tamper with the stripped-down, primarily acoustic approach that the band settled on out of necessity. Wise choice. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Five years after the dissolution of their relationship with IRS Records, the Cincinnati-based lit-pop band Over the Rhine once again became a major-label presence when they signed with Back Porch, a new offshoot of Virgin Records. The group took the opportunity to refine and reissue their 1996 homespun masterpiece Good Dog Bad Dog, which had already sold 25,000 copies at concerts and through mail order despite never being officially released. Though Over the Rhine had originally planned a more expansive production for Good Dog Bad Dog, the new edition doesn't tamper with the stripped-down, primarily acoustic approach that the band settled on out of necessity. Wise choice. The depth and maturity of the songwriting and the stark beauty created by the minimal settings are the album's greatest assets. They create an aura of simplicity that lends authenticity to the themes of healing and hope that run throughout Linford Detweiler's literate lyrics, so that when Karin Bergquist sings, "We don't need a lot of money/ We'll be sleeping on the beach/ Keeping oceans within reach," it has the feeling of a mission statement. The Back Porch reissue of Good Dog Bad Dog makes only three changes aside from the improved art direction, omitting two songs and adding one. Few fans are likely to miss "A Gospel Number," which never seemed consistent with the quality of the rest of the record. The concert favorite "Jack's Valentine" is a better song, but it's also a wise omission since the Kerouac hipness doesn't really fit in with the soulful surroundings; it belongs on a funkier album. Those tracks have been replaced with "It's Never Quite What It Seems," a beautiful breakup ballad that's a perfect fit for this album, both in its sparse arrangement and its beginnings-from-endings lyrics. Its inclusion helps makes Good Dog Bad Dog more consistent and cohesive, improving an album that already stood as Over the Rhine's finest offering.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Great Speckled Dog
  • UPC: 724384878726
  • Catalog Number: 102
  • Sales rank: 43,663

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Over the Rhine Primary Artist
Linford Detweiler Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano (Upright)
Ric Hordinski Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mellotron, Lap Steel Guitar
Brian Kelley Percussion, Snare Drums
Norman Johns Cello
Karen Bergquist Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Technical Credits
Grey Larsen Mastering
Linford Detweiler Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Mark Hood Digital Editing, Mastering
Trevor Sadler Remastering
Karen Bergquist Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very different and very good

    Accompaniment is primarily acoustic. Some of the tunes are hauntingly captivating because of the voice of Karen Bergquist. "Everyman's Daughter" and "Poughkeepsie" are my favorites, along with the acoustic guitar tune on Track 9.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quiet music should be played loud

    ''What a beautiful piece of heartache / this has all turned out to be.'' These lyrics from the opening track describe this album perfectly. Sparse arrangements and haunting vocals highlight the spectacular songwriting from the husband/wife team that is Over the Rhine. Any fan of acoustic alternative music should not be without this album.

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    Posted November 22, 2009

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