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When you listen to Over the Rhine, the supremely talented husband-wife duo of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, you quickly fall under the spell of Bergquist’s compelling voice, ethereal and earthy at once, and then you notice their subtle, satisfying arrangements, all the instruments so exquisitely balanced, and, finally, the lines of the songs start hitting you.
Paste has praised Over the Rhine’s “lovely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting musical mosaic,” while USA Today made note of the group’s “mature, graceful and sad songs . . . [and] intimate, soulful arrangements,” which “showcase Bergquist’s achingly beautiful voice.” Newsday described the music as “aggressively beautiful, like those ’60s protesters who confronted soldiers with flowers.”
“There may be no more soothing voice in music than Karin Bergquist’s,” observed Entertainment Weekly. “She could be interpreting jazz standards, but fortunately she applies that balm to her and husband Linford Detweiler’s beautifully languid originals, which invoke hard times and celebrate the survival of the least fit.”
There can be no adequate labels for music this dense, this conflicted, this emotionally charged.
The most spine-tingling live show I’ve seen and heard in recent memory.
Over the Rhine expertly explores those contrasting moods in a work as exquisitely beautiful as Van Morrison’s most graceful efforts.
—Los Angeles Times