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?