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Nickel Creek

Nickel Creek Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
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San Diego is not exactly known as a hotbed of contemporary bluegrass music, but then again, Nickel Creek are a far cry from most bluegrass bands you've ever heard. On their Alison Krauss-produced debut, they serve up a lilting, ethereal fusion of bluegrass, Celtic, modern folk, and even classical influences, offering exquisite harmonies that would be more at home at a Crosby, Stills & Nash tribute than at a musical salute to the late Bill Monroe. Yet it makes for delightful listening, all the same. The three principals (Sara Watkins on fiddle and vocals; her brother Sean Watkins on guitar, mandolin, and vocals; and Chris Thile on mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, and vocals) are either barely out of their teens or still in them. Individually and as a band, they've already won a slew of awards and notoriety on their respective instruments. The three prodigies (joined by Thile's dad, Scott, on bass) really strut their eclectic hot licks on a few soaring, skittering instrumentals, but even more impressive are Nickel Creek's graceful, heartfelt harmonies on the many lovely ballads. Hot licks, when you get right down to it, are a dime a dozen; this sort of pluperfect tunefulness is a much rarer thing. --Bob Allen

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Nickel Creek has described their music as "contemporary Bluegrass", and that title fits as well as any single title, but their musical abilities and material choices transcend any easy classification.
At a young age Sara Watkins demonstrates one of the most pleasant female voices on the "Country" side of the house, not to mention that she could fiddle Charley Daniel's Devil (the one that went down to Georgia) right into the ground.
Sara's brother Sean is a gifted vocalist and an ambitiously talented guitarist. He also contributes to the group as a composer.
Rounding out the trio is Chris Thile on mandolin and vocals. I read a review of a performance given by Nickel Creek in Chicago about a year ago, and the reviewer described Mr. Thile as a "Force of Nature". Christ Thile is not just "talented" or "gifted". He has one of those rare talents that is as stunning as a thunderbolt. A true prodigy, he won the national mandolin championship at age 12 and recorded an album of virtuoso instrumental music shortly thereafter - MUCH of the music written by the pre-teenager himself. Chris has grown as a composer and instrumentalist since then, and has added "swooningly good vocalist" to his resume as well. Get this CD and take a listen to Chris on "The Fox" or "The Lighthouse's Tale".
Mixed in with these stunning vocals and soaring harmonies (the mark of producer Alison Krauss can be heard throughout) are original instrumental pieces that are as lively as an Irish jig, as complex as a Beethoven symphony, and as full of fresh inventiveness as music could be. All of the solos are stunning, and when Nickel Creek goes into harmony mode it boggles the mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! June 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
For years, I only listened to rap, rock, and punk, and closed my ears to bluegrass, and other variations of the genre, but after I listened to Nickel Creek, I have a new-found appreciation for their style of music.
Not only are there brilliant vocals and exquisite guitars, but they also give you a feeling like there's something more behind the music. Nickel Creek obviously isn't a run-of-the-mill bluegrass band, they have something special that just made me want to listen to them. Why do they appeal to me, someone who never listens to this style of music? I don't know, but since they did that they get a 5 stars from me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent display of acoustic music !!! April 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
I must say I am not a fan of blue grass or country music. This Nickel Creek doesn't even sound country to me and I'm from Texas. I see them more in the category of Traditional Folk music along with Gaelic Storm and Fairport Convention. The music they play almost reminds me of music I heard in a pub in Australia. It also reminds me of when I was a teenager and I would go to the Rennaisance Fair with my friends and we would just celebrate a simple life not thinking of school, church, politics, and the negative things of teen youth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bluegrass and more Feb. 22 2004
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Format:Audio CD
These guys are fantastic. I love artists that take a style and bend it until it becomes their own thing. If you love this music then you should give a listen to these album that also blend and bend country, bluegrass and rootsy rock: Anodyne by Uncle Tupelo, Ain't No Grave by various artists, and Stranger's Almanac by Whiskeytown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 2 2004
By A Customer
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Great music! Amazing melodies and harmonies. Only wish I had discovered them earlier!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh young talent Jan. 16 2004
By Barbara
Format:Audio CD
I have seen this trio perform live at Merlefest in 2002 and 2003 and they blew me away! The album is every bit as awesome as their live playing. All three are not only extremely talented in playing their instruments (mandolin, fiddle, and guitar) but have wonderful voices. There is a wide array of songs from the humerous Fox song to the haunting Lighthouse song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now that's what I call music! Jan. 9 2004
By Alana
Format:Audio CD
What a gorgeous debut! Nickel Creek's combination of bluegrass, folk,and a touch of pop make for a unique and innovative sound. All three members are outrageously excellent musicians and vocalists. Highlight tracks for me include "Out of the Woods," "House of Tom Bombadil," "Sweet Afton," "When You Come Back Down," and "Pastures New." I would recommend this album to anyone who enjoys a blend of whimsy and lyricism showcased by true musicianship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Amazing!!! Dec 11 2003
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These kids can play! Their performance at the BlueBird Cafe in Nashville is what inspired me to make this purchase. Normally, I just surf past CMT, but their lively performance and fresh sound demanded that I stop and give them a listen.
Thile makes the mandolin sing on the dramatic instrumental "Ode to a Butterfly" and on their arrangement of the Traditional "The Fox". The originals "The Lighthouse's Tale", "Sweet Afton" are very well written songs, musically and lyrically. "The Hand Song" brought me to tears, the first time I heard it...the lyrics were so moving.
I can hear the Celtic, Classical influences as well as modern-day folk music cleverly intertwined into their own unique bluegrass style.
Be sure to add this one to your collection, especially if this is going to be your first Nickel Creek CD.
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