Over the Rhine’s newest album, ‘Meet Me at the Edge of the World,’ came out September 3, 2013. This two disc set is chock full of new and exciting songs. The songs primarily have an acoustic, finger picked sound that is at home in folk music, but many of the songs, including ‘Baby if This Is Nowhere,’ lean from their folk footing toward a jazzier style.
There are some real gems in this recording. For the most part, Karin Bergquist takes the lead, warbling and crooning her way through the discs, but it’s a real treat when in ‘All Over Ohio,’ which opens the second disc, Linford Detweiler takes half the lead in the duet. In ‘Sacred Ground,’ released earlier as a single, the two voices join in unison to create a hauntingly lovely effect to go with equally compelling lyrics. The real Crackerjack prize of the album, though, is ‘Wait;’ this last song on the first disc is an outcry of the soul, imploring the audience to stay and hear the rest of what the band has to share.
Of course, in an album this size, there are bound to be a few duds. ‘All of It Was Music’ becomes melodically repetitive, for instance, and Bergquist makes some questionable vocal choices in ‘I’d Want You,’ but both songs are worth a listen, nevertheless. On the whole, ‘Meet Me at the Edge of the World’ is a strong album and well worth the money.