The Trumpet Child, in Brief

Well, that was a soulful treat. A sneak peek at Over the Rhine’s newest record. The first five songs left me a bit breathless. Particularly because Karin’s voice sounds better than it ever has–even more out on a limb, if that is possible.

The opening track walks in with cabaret horns, Linford’s lush piano, and Karin playing the soul-angel:

I don’t wanna waste good wine if you won’t stick around;
I won’t pray this prayer with you unless we both kneel down.

And on track three, only Karin Berquist could get away with singing the phrase, “the whole enchilada” and still make it sound strangely artful.

The standout song is the title track, “Trumpet Child,” as it considers the possibility of the King’s arrival with the welcoming pronouncement of a simple little trumpet.

Isn’t it August yet?

6 Responses to “The Trumpet Child, in Brief”
  1. Rachel says:

    I loved it – and especially The Trumpet Child, which I heard them perform in December on the last night of finals when I decided that I could ditch my last paper for a couple of hours to hear Over the Rhine.

    But please, could you explain “Don’t wait for Tom”?

  2. Jenelle says:

    I’m very glad you ditched a paper for the better. I heard them live in April and thought The Trumpet Child was the standout then, too.

    I think Linford was just feeling sassy on that Tom track. I need to read all the words when the record is out.

  3. elizabeth says:

    i heart over the rhine. sucks i just read your previous post though!

  4. Jenelle says:

    I’m very sorry you missed it, dear.

  5. Mel says:

    I’m going to see OtR -The Trumpet Child- ON TOUR in 5 days!!! 🙂

    This album practically lives in my car cd player.

  6. nelly says:

    Mel, I’m going, too! In just a few weeks.

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