This very mellow disc, with its scarce percussion and occasionally lengthy and quiet instrumental jams, won't draw everyone in. But those who like the idea of fusing folk, jazz, and pop—Sarah McLachlan meets Norah Jones with hints of Mindy Smith—will find a lot to love. The subdued, jazzy confessional "Little Did I Know" will appeal to Jones' fans especially, while hinting at just how close Bergquist and Detweiler came to splitting apart. "Spark," meanwhile, is perhaps the most radio-friendly on the album—a McLachlan-styled pop arrangement explaining how love and marriage take great effort: "Obsessions with self-preservation faded when I threw my fear away/It's not a thing you can imagine/You either lose your fear or spend your life with one foot in the grave/Is God the last romantic?"

Many of the songs pertain directly to the couple's relationship—the playful and romantic "Hush Now" reveals two people deeply in love, and the beautiful cover of "My Funny Valentine" is to die for. But other cuts like "I Want You to Be My Love" are written more generally. Though surely written with the marital context in mind, it can just as easily be viewed in the context of any loving relationship, including ours with Christ: "I want you to be my love/'Cause I want you, I know all you've been through."

Detweiler continues to prove himself a deft keyboardist, and Bergquist remains one of the most passionate and beautiful voices on the planet. This may be the fourth-best album in Over the Rhine's discography, but Drunkard's Prayer still speaks volumes about their artistic excellence. They liken their marriage to a long-shot entry in a horse race—hence the album cover—one that can only be run by keeping the lines of communication open and baring their souls to each other. We're all winners with this thoughtful and touching recording.

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