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  • Audio CD (8 Oct. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00005A1MV
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. I Radio Heaven 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Goodbye (This Is Not Goodbye) 5:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. The Body Is A Stairway Of Skin 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen11. When I Go 6:23£0.99  Buy MP3 

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mickeydb68@aol.com on 8 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you buy only one CD this year, then this is it. Over the Rhine have created a stunning album full of songs which make it difficult to choose any real favourites. The combination of superb music and lyrics created by Karin and Linford in such songs as 'The World Can Wait', with it's melancholy tones and sublime lyrics and the subtle combination of strings and electrics in Goodbye(This is Not Goodbye), as well as individually showing off their abundance of talent in 'Fairpoint Diary'(Linford Detweiler) and 'When I Go'(Karin Bergquist), leave you wondering how on earth they are going to top this. These songs for me are amongst the best on the album, although the whole album is a joy from beginning to end. This CD doesn't just sparkle it shines with a blinding light. Not to own it is nothing short of a crime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott P. on 18 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
From the first beat of "The World Can Wait" to the last second of "When I Go" this album sparkles with the kind of class songwriting/musicianship/and general performance most bands aspire to but fail to attain. Linford and Karin have written 10 fantastic tracks and with "Give me stregth", co-written by Dido, isn't bad either. This is a fantastic album which you deserve to own. My favorite song's are "the world can wait" which has a "james Bond" theme song feel to it, and the excellent "Goodbye, (This is not Goodbye)" also on the roaring Lambs album. Buy this album.
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By "greeneyedgracie" on 26 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on the strength of someone's recommendation, the short samples of the first five tracks, and the beauty of the lyrics. And I'm glad I did. The songs are unpredictable, subtle, totally original; 'The world can wait' 'I radio heaven', 'Moth' and 'When I go' are all fantastic from every angle. To be honest though, I don't love every song - I tend to skip from track 5 straight to 9 - but nonetheless Films for Radio is well worth having and keeping.
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Format: Audio CD
If words could express the sheer brilliance of this album then I would know exactly what to say; but words just don't say it, this album is amazing, it takes your soul and infuses it with a lust for life and light and love, listen to track 6 last, by then the 'sound' will be deep inside your head, and "A Little Blue River" will be ready to take you over, just lose yourself in this music, there's nothing else you can do with it...
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Amazon.com: 31 reviews
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Definitely a film worth hearing 2 May 2001
By Juliet C. Schwab - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
.... I'm not sure how anyone can conceivably call Over the Rhine's music "vacuous," "vapid," "bland," and "shallow," because it's nothing of the sort. Now, if you're a fan of Over the Rhine because of Good Dog Bad Dog (my very favorite CD - I make friends with people just so I can give it to them), you'll find Films for Radio something of an acquired taste, as is the case with all of their albums, because each one is different - the band does indeed refuse to be tied to one genre. But it's a taste you'll acquire if you're patient enough to give it a few listens.
Far from being shallow, Over the Rhine confronts religious doubt ("'Cause like all true believers, I am truly skeptical of all that I have seen"), identity crises ("I don't know who else to be; more and more I'm secretly just me"), and that frustrating ineffability of things ("Words in my head, like misfits after midnight begging for a light; words left unsaid...they may never see the light of day, and that may be okay"). Karin and Linford package this up with their usual poetic and often sensual lyrics, epitomized in "The Body is a Stairway of Skin," a titillating series of body metaphors culminating in "the body is an apple on a tree," etc.; it's deceptively simple but reminiscent of the third chapter of Genesis and Sappho as well.
You can criticize the way Over the Rhine chooses to produce their songs on this CD. I am suspicious that this album's release on their new label encouraged them to deviate from their recent spare and contemplative style to more drum loops and electric guitars and keyboards. But I am as much attached to spareness and contemplation as anyone else, and I still love Films for Radio. Lyrically, this CD stands alongside any of their other work, and far from echoing the vapidity of (post)modernism, confronts it and fills it with cautious but undeniable meaning.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
OTR's Best Album since "Eve" 24 Mar. 2001
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Over The Rhine (these days the husband-wife team of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, with assorted studio guests) has been around since 1992, but "Films for Radio", their first album of new material since the 1996 (independent) release of "Good Dog Bad Dog" (re-released in 2000 with extra tracks) is an attempt to re-connect with the mainstream folk/rock, and almost accomplishes that. This album thankfully abandons the "I can hear a pin drop on the floor" intimate sound of recent albums.
There are 4 key tracks of "Films for Radio": the opening track "The World Can Wait", which features a heavy drum beat and some of the band's best lyrics ever ("So fade to black and white now/Roll the movie of my life inside my head"). Then there is "Give Me Strength", the Dido-penned remake that is the most radio-friendly track on the album, with Karin's vocals soaring; it reminds me of recent Tori Amos. Then there is the fabulous "The Body Is a Stairway of Skin", a jazzy, sensual, if not erotic track based on loops and scratches, just beautiful! The album's closer is "When I Go", with Karen on an intimate accoustic guitar, eventually soaring with a wicked electric guitar solo, very very nice!
This is clearly OTR's best album since "Eve". The question remains whether it will find a mainstream audience. I have my doubts, quite frankly. But it is a refreshing album for all the OTR fans out there (and you know who you are!).
Finally, if you can catch them on their current tour (the opening of which I saw last night), go! Run! It is a fabulous evening! They play most of the "Films for Radio" tracks, and dig up some great nuggets from the past.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Over the Rhine's best major release 10 May 2001
By M McVey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am truly amazed at the shallowness of the Amazon review who calls Films for Radio "shallow." Citing neither "shallow" lyrics nor describing the sonics of a single song, void of even the most rudimentary demonstration that he has spent more than 30 seconds skipping through the tracks of this record, his review reverts to the most hackneyed of all complaints against a lot of innovative music: "it is an aural smorgasboard" that, presumably, won't sound like any single genre of music is supposed to sound. I can hear the exasperation of the music industry's corporate lackeys right now: "Good grief, in what section of the record store will we display it? What radio station in our media conglomerate will play it?"
The reality I conjecture: too subtle and complex are Over the Rhine's influences, ideas, and the available comparisons to fit the reviewer's word processor-stored phrase macros. God forbid, for this review, original analysis and writing is required!
But I forget, [the reviewers strategy is to] put the album into social and historical place with such gems of cultural insight as "vacous music" which "mirror(s) the emptiness of modern life."
Move over T.S. Eliot, in the 21st century Amazon music critic ... has his pulse on the Zeitgeist, and guess what? Modern civilization is empty! And so is Over the Rhine!
Give me a break. Over the Rhine has just released the best album I expect to hear all year. The fact that I am at a loss of words to describe its beauty and richness is the best compliment my brain can give it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Best Music the World Isn't Listening to 31 Mar. 2003
By Andy Rector - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Over the Rhine has a dedicated following which is amazing because it's hard to define their music. Perhaps deliberately, they have avoided mixing commercialism with their artistry until their latest project, "Films for Radio." Karen Bergquist and Linford Detwiler seem always to be true to themselves, presenting lyrics, music and vocals unlike anything else in the music industry, and seeming not to care what anyone thinks.
This music group definitely received much more promotion than usual with "Films for Radio." The music on this release is slightly--slightly--more commercial-sounding than their previous work. The songs are more upbeat than their "Good Dog, Bad Dog" release from the mid 1990s--which many consider the standard "Over the Rhine" sound.I know I judge their other projects against "Good Dog, Bad Dog" but that doesn't mean I don't like "Films for Radio" any less than GDBD. I love it in a different way.
Bergquist belts out a powerful note right from the beginning of FFR with the song "The World Can Wait." Other songs like "I Radio Heaven", "Whatever You Say" and "If Nothing Else" provide catchy phrases I hum to myself over and over sometimes. "Give Me Strength" is the most rockin' number on FFR and sounds the least like the Over the Rhine I have listened to over the past ten years. I still like it, but it's different, and I would be disappointed if every Over the Rhine project sounded too similar to the other things they have done.
I have introduced people to the "Over the Rhine" sound through the years and they all fall in love. "I wish I had known about them sooner," they say. If this music group plays near you, go out of your way and catch them. OTR's live performances are excellent.
I have only positve things to say about Over the Rhine. Don't let my gushing turn you off. I admit I'm addicted, so you've been warned. It's the best music the world isn't listening to. Try them. They may not be as well known as they deserve, but you will enjoy OTR as your little secret. Let Karen Berquist's voice bewitch you. Let Linford Detweiler's lyrics entrance you. You won't regret it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Keeping up the great work. 14 Mar. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The songwriting and performances remain at the incredible levels this band has sustained in the past 10 years. Never making the same record twice, the production this time out is pretty modern and smooth. Karin's voice sounds a little Tori-influenced on the leadoff track "The World Can Wait" and Dido-pitch changes on "Give Me Strength" (which, not shockingly, Dido co-wrote). "Goodbye" (a staple in their live shows in the past few years) is influenced by George Martin's Beatles productions, and "I Radio Heaven" seems to have tinges of Radiohead.
"Films for Radio" has quite a diverse mix of sounds on it; consistent atop it all is Karin's signature vocals and the amazing lyrics of Linford and Karin. Comparable in ways to 10,000 Maniacs or Cowboy Junkies, but at times they're in a league completely their own. And somehow it works together.
On the whole, it's a more upbeat offering than the past few full lengths they've put out, but is equally fulfilling in the car on a sunny day or in a candlelit bathtub.
The final track, "When I Go", is musically bare; more reminiscent of their last all-original CD, "Good Dog Bad Dog" and features one of the most haunting guitar solos I've heard (performed by Cowboy Junkies' Michael Timmons). It's not something to be missed.
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