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With “Amazing Grace,” “We Three Kings,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” and a song based on a Dietrich Bonhoeffer poem for tenterhooks, Adrian Otterman’s latest progressive-folk-rock tapestry feels more big-tent-like than any of his other Over Orange Heights releases. The components most responsible for the sense of welcoming spaciousness are Bruce Nyquist’s cello and Otterman’s original lyrics, which break down essentially into prayers of thanksgiving (“Sing Praise,” “Miracles”), supplication (“Let Me Be the Moon”), and consecration and/or imprecation (“Shame My Enemies”). - Arsenio Ortez, World Magazine.
Tammie Awards – 2014
By Art Edelstein, The Times Argus, January 1, 2015
The World’s on Fire - “Best Rock and Roll Album”
Adrian Otterman records under the name “Over Orange Heights.” On his latest, “The World’s On Fire,” we hear a rock opera that is a thematic album with a very dystopian view of the world. Fire is the metaphoric thread in this dense listening experience. What makes this album so successful is the lush production which includes cello and lots of excellent rock instrumentation by a crew of fine musicians. Otterman provided a booklet with lyrics and a suggested reading list for those who want to learn more about the issues he sings about. This album is no vapid musical experience — there’s meat on these musical bones and well worth the listen.
"Floating in the Whale" was a very good first effort, and on this sophomore effort, the songs, production and performance values have grown, creating a musical experience that sustains a listener's interest...This ensemble creates a wall of sound underneath Otterman's high in the mix vocals. Here we have a singer as good as any I've heard in the Green Mountains and a band that can match his classy delivery." - Art Edelstein, Times Magazine
"In an age of digital over-compression and earpiece headphones, Otterman and his band, Over Orange Heights, create music for big speakers, speakers with woofers that can handle full-bodied bass-drums rumble, tweeters that can handle a razor-sharp high end, and a midrange cone that can handle Otterman's soaring baritone voice." - Arsenio Orteza, World Magazine
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