Meet Me at the Edge of the World

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Recorded over six days with the help of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Joe Henry, who helmed 2011's The Long Surrender, Meet Me at the Edge of the World features 18 original songs (and one cover), and was inspired by the pre-Civil War farmhouse that Linford Detweiler and Karen Bergquist purchased in 2005. The duo began stockpiling songs for the project while the ink was still drying on the deed, and by the time they got around to finally laying down the tracks, it had ballooned into a double album. Similar in style and cadence to their previous outing, Meet Me at the Edge of the World falls somewhere between the rural, antebellum folk...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Recorded over six days with the help of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Joe Henry, who helmed 2011's The Long Surrender, Meet Me at the Edge of the World features 18 original songs (and one cover), and was inspired by the pre-Civil War farmhouse that Linford Detweiler and Karen Bergquist purchased in 2005. The duo began stockpiling songs for the project while the ink was still drying on the deed, and by the time they got around to finally laying down the tracks, it had ballooned into a double album. Similar in style and cadence to their previous outing, Meet Me at the Edge of the World falls somewhere between the rural, antebellum folk of Gillian Welch, the evocative, sepia-toned eccentricity of Tom Waits, and the soulful ache of Lucinda Williams. Detweiler and Bergquist are at their best when they're invoking the sights and sounds of their Southern Ohio locale, and songs like "Highland County," "Wildflower Bouquet," "Called Home," and "All Over Ohio," the latter of which, a playful duet, feels almost Gershwin-esque, make an emotional connection that feels a little like receiving a postcard from an old childhood friend. More pensive numbers like "All of It Was Music" and the spooky and mercurial "Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down" engage as well, allowing things to get a little overcast. However, that tactic doesn't fare as well on rote blues numbers like "Gonna Let My Soul Catch My Body" and "Baby if This Is Nowhere," both of which suffer from uninspired arrangements and Bergquist's stagey vocal affectations, but with 16 other relatively solid tracks to buffer them, one of which is a soulful, Carole King-inspired take on the Band's "It Makes No Difference," it's hard to let a few clouds ruin a perfectly good sunset.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2013
  • Label: Great Speckled Dog
  • UPC: 634457605121
  • Catalog Number: 106
  • Sales rank: 26,999

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Over the Rhine Primary Artist
Van Dyke Parks Accordion
Aimee Mann Vocal Harmony
Jennifer Condos Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Linford Detweiler Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Piano (Upright), Group Member
Mark Goldenberg Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Gut String Guitar
David Piltch Upright Bass
Patrick Warren Accordion, Autoharp, Harmonium, Keyboards, chamberlain, Piano (Upright)
Jay Bellerose Percussion, Drums
Eric Heywood Acoustic Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Karin Bergquist Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Tenor), Group Member
Technical Credits
Robbie Robertson Composer
Joe Henry Producer
Linford Detweiler Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Karin Bergquist Composer
Jerry Overstreet Liner Notes
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