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Once the Movie

Once
After two months of hard sells from my friends about this new movie that they’ve recently watched, I had a chance to sit down and watch it. And I was not disappointed.
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Over the Rhine – Ohio CD Review

OTR
Over the last year or so, I’ve heard so many of my friends turn their focus of music interest from your typical mainstream pop towards more independent folk/rock music. Perhaps it’s partially the group of friends I hang out with but the reality is that once you’ve figured out how pop music is systematically churned out, there’s an urge break free from the monotonous music made mostly with bells and cymbals but with no content. So two weeks ago, my good friend highly recommended a group by the name of Over the Rhine (OTR, for short). And trusting his taste in music, I purchased their Ohio album, a double-CD album that has left me wondering where I’d be without it.

Good songs don’t invent new melodies, but puts skin and flesh to the ones that we have subconsciously known all along. And that’s what Karin Berquist & Linford Detweiler do so well, over and over and over. Melodies that haunt and linger for days after you’ve listened. You can listen to it and fall asleep, and you can listen to one song over and over again to try and understand the meaning behind the song.

I had my doubts when I first purchased it, because folk/rock/country genre isn’t my thing, but after listening to it a few more times, the melodies and words begin to permeate your mind and echo in your head long after you’ve turned off your iPod. Unlike most albums that have 2 or 3 hit songs, this album doesn’t really have any “radio friendly” songs, but the content and presentation of so many beautifully written songs together sets them apart. It has been a long time since an album has kept me intrigued for so long.

I haven’t even started about her voice yet. Karin’s got a touch of Sheral Crow, Sixpence, and more, rolled into one set of vocal cords. What i really enjoy about listening to her is are the inflections she so musically blends with the lyrics. And like the accompanying instruments on the album, they’re understated, leaving room for the audience to draw their own conclusions without having it shoved down our throats. The recordings aren’t rigid, and flow very naturally from one note to the other.

So in conclusion, go have a listen. You won’t be disappointed. And you might have Karin haunting your mind as well.

Rating: 4.5/5 – This album has more magic than Harry Potter. Definite keeper.

For more reviews of the album, check out their website.
You can also hear some of their songs on myspace and youtube (search for them)

Ryan, not Bryan..

Ryan A
A friend of mine turned me onto this artist by the name of Ryan Adams. You may have heard him do a cover of Wonderwall, but the lead singer of Cardinals has also released many solo albums featuring songs that have been lingering in my head. Mind you, I’m glad I’ve got friends with various musical tastes that let me hear different artistic creativity that I wouldn’t normally listen to.

For starters, “She Wants to Play Hearts” is a wonderfully written song. Lyrics are short but you get the picture. And it’s haunting, which works great with the lyrics. Did I tell you he’s also a darn good guitarist? He plays all sorts of styles, from rock, country, and others that I don’t even know what labels to use. “Winding Wheel” is a pretty example of a great song with a great Dylan-esque rasp.

With that said, I still need to hear more of his music. I’ve only heard selections from Heartbreaker and Demolition, but I suspect the other ones will have a kick of freedom of expression you’ll experience in his music.

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