Blinders On

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Nickel Creek guitarist/vocalist Sean Watkins put the Grande Ole Opry behind him with Blinders On, a 15-track foray into pop, rock, and the wonders of digital recording. From the opening Adrian Belew-esque guitar loop on "Summer's Coming" to the angsty, mandolin-led love song "Whipping Boy" -- the latter evolves into a full-on flat-picked guitar and cello jam about five minutes in -- it's clear that the shy, quiet Nickel Creek guitar player is coming out of his shell. Like fellow Creek members Chris Thile and sister Sara Watkins, Sean is a musical sponge filtering whatever genre he comes in contact with through his own unique brand of composition. Sparse and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Nickel Creek guitarist/vocalist Sean Watkins put the Grande Ole Opry behind him with Blinders On, a 15-track foray into pop, rock, and the wonders of digital recording. From the opening Adrian Belew-esque guitar loop on "Summer's Coming" to the angsty, mandolin-led love song "Whipping Boy" -- the latter evolves into a full-on flat-picked guitar and cello jam about five minutes in -- it's clear that the shy, quiet Nickel Creek guitar player is coming out of his shell. Like fellow Creek members Chris Thile and sister Sara Watkins, Sean is a musical sponge filtering whatever genre he comes in contact with through his own unique brand of composition. Sparse and often dissonant band-aids "Hello...Goodbye" and the Radiohead-tinged "Happy New Year" serve as bridges to full-on new acoustic confections like "Starve Them to Death," "No Lighted Windows," and the mournful "They Sail Away." Blinders On is pure California road pop, and while it occasionally veers into detached Pro Tools trickery, Watkins is an honest enough songwriter that his words peek through the sound waves like shark fins.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891398822
  • Catalog Number: 3988
  • Sales rank: 284,092

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Summer's Coming (3:32)
  2. 2 Starve Them to Death (2:47)
  3. 3 I'm Sorry (4:01)
  4. 4 Happy New Year (4:08)
  5. 5 Hello...Goodbye (1:11)
  6. 6 Run Away Girl (3:49)
  7. 7 I Say Nothing (4:00)
  8. 8 Coffee (3:03)
  9. 9 The Sound of My Crush (0:50)
  10. 10 No Lighted Windows (2:19)
  11. 11 Cammac (0:20)
  12. 12 Roses Never Red (2:51)
  13. 13 They Sail Away (3:06)
  14. 14 Not That Bad/Blinders On (4:14)
  15. 15 Whipping Boy (7:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sean Watkins Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Sampling, Drum Loop, Vocal Harmony
Benmont Tench Organ, Piano, Harmonium, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Xylophone, Wurlitzer, Toy Xylophone
Jon Brion Piano
Byron House Bass, Pizzicato
Duncan Moore Drums
Mark Schatz Bass
Judith Ablon Viola
Scott Fritz Loops
Glenn Kotche Drums, Vibes
Gabe Witcher Fiddle
Sara Watkins Fiddle, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Rushad Eggleston Cello
Matthew Walker Cello
Alison Gooding Violin
Zeneba Bowers Violin
Jon Foreman Vocal Harmony
Jon Forman Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ray Kennedy Mastering
Peter Sprague Engineer
Dan Wilson Composer
John Frizzell Composer
Scott Fritz Engineer
Sean Watkins Composer, drum machine, Art Direction
Wendy Stamberger Art Direction
Vanessa Price grooming
Loren Witcher Illustrations
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