The Trumpet Child

The Trumpet Child

by Over the Rhine
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The Trumpet Child 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With "The Trumpet Child", Over the Rhine has released not one, not two, not three, but FOUR albums in the past year. First there was the outstanding and long-awaited second Christmas album "Snow Angels" (independantly released in December 06), then there was "Live from Nowhere, Volume 2", a great live album also released independantly in early 07, then there was "Discount Fireworks", the first career-overview released by Back Porch also in early 07. After their record deal with Back Porch was concluded in 06, the band decided to go the independent route, and this is the first 'regular' studio to come out from that. "The Trumpet Child" (11 tracks, 41 min.) continues the band's evolution into more jazzier sounds, even cabaret-like, as Linford Dettweiler writes in the liner notes. This comes out in songs like the opener "I Don't Wanna Waste Your Time", "I'm On a Roll" and the title track. Much better for me is the album's mid-section, with Karin Bergquist-penned track (and first single) "Entertaining Thoughts" and "Let's Spend the Day In Bed", the best track of the album. There are a number of tracks on here that OtR has been playing in concert for a long time, including the funny "Trouble" and also the album closer "If A Song Could Be President", the most overtly political song ever from OtR, and, frankly, a turn-off for me, with silly lines like "We'll make Neil Young a Senator/Even though he's from Canada". Urr... no. That aside, this is a great addition to the Over the Rhine rich catalogue. The band continues to evolve, and I've been on this ride since the early 90s. Keep surprising me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've heard OTR occassionally on NPR amd I've seen them on Woodsong. This is the first album of their's I've bought and I like it. I really like the sound of her voice...in some ways her voice and their music is a little reminiscent of Pink Martini and Paris Combo, altho' OTR's reportoire is not as extensive as the other two groups....but then I only have one of their albums, that comment could change with more familiarity with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago