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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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1. Ode To A Butterfly
2. The Lighthouse's Tale
3. Out Of The Woods
4. In The House Of Tom Bombadil
5. Reasons Why
6. When You Come Back Down
7. Sweet Afton
8. Cuckoo's Nest
9. The Hand Song
10. Robin And Marian
11. The Fox
12. Pastures New

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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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Format:Audio CD
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 Wow! Wow, I say, wow! July 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
Oh my goodness! This has to be one of the greatest albums I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Sara and Sean Watkins and Chris Thile have to be three of the most talented individuals living. They're so talented, in fact, it's almost disgusting. I'm going to echo many of the other reviewers and say that I was no fan of bluegrass or country when I picked up this album in 2000. But I saw the video for "The Lighthouse's Tale" and immediately thought "I've got to get this CD." Oh how naive I was to think that that would be the only good song on the album! "Ode to a Butterfly" almost sent me into an epileptic fit (no, I don't have epilepsy, stupid!)it was so fast. The highlights for me are tracks 5-7. "Reasons Why" showcases Sara's voice better than any other track on the album and is also just a really good song. "When You Come Back Down" is the most country-sounding song on the album, but Thile's vocal's make it above average at the least. "Sweet Afton" is one of the most heartwrenching (both because of its beautiful sound and tragic lyrics) songs I've ever heard in my entire life. It's hard for me not to cry every time I listen to it. These are my three favorite songs on the album, but that in no way means that the others are substandard at all. And to the customers who gave this CD a one-star rating, one simple question: WHAT ON EARTH IS WRONG WITH YOU!!?? Get a clue!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Alison Krauss... Sept. 21 2002
Format:Audio CD
Like Alison Krauss? Then trust her taste! From the folkier, more mellow end of the bluegrass spectrum comes this debut album from a bother-sister pair and their friend and fellow musician Chris, produced and distributed by Krauss. Like Krauss, Nickel Creek's members are bluegrass prodigies, each a master of his/her own instrument or instruments (Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar) and each with both a strong sense of harmony and the clear sweet voice to carry out their strong musical ideas and ideals. As an added bonus, someone here has a sense of poetry -- the lyrics are catchy and poignant, perceptive and mature.
The result is a well-produced tour de force, rejuvenating bluegrass for a new generation without watering it down. The harmonies on this debut are tight, the melodies are light but complex. Where some bands of any genre are "best" with a certain type of song (sad or happy, ballad vs. playfulness), the strength rising from the stellar combination of skills in Nickel Creek results in an overall strong but also incredibly diverse CD: Fun subjects such as childhood songs are treated with appropriate bounciness and levity (The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night) while the oft-serious subjects, from young people dying at war (Hand Song) to solitude and lovers' death (The Lighthouse Song), are treated with a serious of craft and an appropriateness of lyric never nearing morbidity or moroseness.

No, it's not country. But it is sweet, fluid, well-crafted songsmithing and interpretations from a trio of young, energetic musicians not to be missed. Few if any low points, a stellar choice of songs and styles make for a CD you'll listen to all day long, in a variety of moods. Get two copies -- one for you and one for your best friend or lover -- they'll thank you for it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If My Hunch is Correct... Aug. 12 2002
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Sometimes you need to step back away from a picture or view to truely understand and absorb it's depth and scope. What the members of Nickel Creek have accomplished with their "debut?" album is nothing short of impressive. Their genre-bending talent has managed to paint a musical "picture" that forces the listener to move him/herself to different vantage points to catch all the subtlety and nuances within it. This is the telling mark of a true master of his/her craft. I generally have favored rock, pop, and metal over the last twenty years of listening to music. I have in my CD collection approx. 1000 CDs of every genre of music imaginable. With all these choices there has only been four groups or individual musicians that have moved me on a truely transendental level when I first heard them. They were U2, Dave Matthews Band, (old) Metallica, and Charlette Church (Yeah, I know, that's a pretty ecclectic group). Like these aforementioned artists Nickel Creek has that certain "something" and have become the fifth group to add to my "Whoa, who was that!" list. They have a unique quality that evades a good concrete description. It is intangible and hard for me to put my finger on...but it is there...floating around within this groups collective talent. Perhaps it is their youth that makes it so amazing? Maybe it is the haunting and provocative depth their lyrics pry into on "A Lighthouse's Tale". Could it be the harmonies they manage to create vocally? I don't know for sure what it is but whatever it is... I like it. It's kind of like that feeling you get on a Saturday morning in the Autumn with a hot cup of coffee. If my hunch is correct like it has been four times before these young musicians are on their way to much greener pastures. For now though I will have to wait till they come back to down to the Philadelphia Folk Festival (if they do) to catch them live. They sure are a mighty fine band-o, band-o, band-o....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
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... Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by "oyler358"
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent display of acoustic music !!!
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. Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by FPO
5.0 out of 5 stars bluegrass and more
These guys are fantastic. I love artists that take a style and bend it until it becomes their own thing. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great music! Amazing melodies and harmonies. Only wish I had discovered them earlier!
Published on Feb. 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh young talent
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Now that's what I call music!
What a gorgeous debut! Nickel Creek's combination of bluegrass, folk,and a touch of pop make for a unique and innovative sound. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004 by Alana
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Amazing!!!
These kids can play! Their performance at the BlueBird Cafe in Nashville is what inspired me to make this purchase. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by Kelly A. Chitwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Nickel is Worth the Money
With Alison Krauss' influence obvious throughout the CD, how can it not be good. Things get started with the upbeat and catchy Ode to a Butterfly, but things slow down quickly with... Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2003 by Jason Homorody
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music. Great recording.
Sparse instrumentation, yet full sound. I love the fact that there are no drums in there.
Great songs.
This is one of the best sounding records I've heard in years. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Nickel Creek
How refreshing to hear such talent, in the days of synthesizers, Nickel Creek not only has great harmony in voice, but their many instrumental talents is amazing to me. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2003 by Carolyn C Jackson
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