Drunkard's Prayer is the eighth studio album by Over the Rhine, released in 2005.
Drunkard's Prayer features the songs ‘Born’, Firefly', & ‘My Funny Valentine’.
After the heavily produced Films for Radio and the sprawling double CD
Ohio, Over the Rhine retrenches for this stunning follow-up. Recorded in the
living room of the duo's home, the low-key glow that results brings the music
even closer to its source. Bits of folk, jazz, pop, and country intermingle as
the singing and songwriting husband-and-wife partnership of Karin Bergquist and
Linford Detweiler let the sparkling, yet subtle melodies of these ten
originals–plus a lovely cover of “My Funny Valentine”–dictate the sparse
instrumentation and languid but never haphazard tempos.
This is music of delicate beauty, tinged with regret, sadness, and hope, yet devoid of pretense. It sounds like these songs fell out of the sky, drifting through the clouds and arriving with help from Bergquist's exquisite voice. Her double-tracked vocals dart through tinkling piano lines on “Born,” making the already exquisite song shimmer. Stand-up bass and occasional cello and sax along with a dash of percussion bolster these chamber-styled ballads that float like lilies on a pond. But there's a flickering intensity to like “Firefly,” in which Bergquist repeats “My memory will not fail me now,” that adds an edgy tautness to this emotionally stirring album.
Amazon.com – Hal Horowitz