The Darkest Night of the Year

The Darkest Night of the Year

by Over the Rhine


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The Darkest Night of the Year

This wholly unconventional Christmas album is unflinching its evocation of both the shadows and light of the holiday season. The outgrowth of a series of late-night holiday concerts, The Darkest Night of the Year features quietly melancholy arrangements of both traditional carols and OTR originals. The album is predominantly acoustic, with large doses of bittersweet cello, guitar and piano. There are also a pair of oddly appropriate, experimental electric guitar instrumentals. In the liner notes, songwriter Linford Detweiler tells of his childhood Christmases: melancholy, rural affairs with family members missing. This music echoes the feeling he describes, of gathering in an old church building trying to create some warmth, beauty and hope, while outside the year dies a cold, dark death. The cover illustration shows an angel blaring a horn in the ear of an unsuspecting couch potato. That distinctly T.S. Eliot-esque ambivalence about death and rebirth (both spiritual and seasonal) also pervades these songs. The CD is dedicated to "anyone wrestling with their own dark angel this Christmas," and for all their hope and light, the songs acknowledge that darkness and pain don't always take the holidays off.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2010
Label: Great Speckled Dog
UPC: 0616892992523
catalogNumber: 103
Rank: 104212

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Over the Rhine   Primary Artist
Linford Detweiler   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Harmonium,Piano (Upright)
Ric Hordinski   Guitar,E-bow
Brian Kelley   Drums
Chris Dahlgren   Acoustic Bass
Terri Templeton   Vocals
Karen Bergquist   Vocals
Norm Johns   Cello

Technical Credits

Franz Gruber   Composer
Linford Detweiler   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Vocal Engineer,Bass Engineer
Ric Hordinski   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Guitar Engineer,Drum Engineering
David Sheldon   Illustrations
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Dale Smith   Engineer
Lewis Redner   Composer

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