Mutual Admiration Societyby Mutual Admiration Society
The Mutual Admiration Society is a scintillating collaboration between former former Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips and bluegrass innovators Nickel Creek. The songs were written by Phillips, and they have some of the oblique quality of the metaphysical, mystical musings on life and love typical of Nickel Creek's Chris Thile. In its moody moments -- the wistful album opener, "Comes a Time," for instance, and the dirgelike instrumental "Running Out" -- this MAS gathering sounds as ethereal as the first Nickel Creek album. Elsewhere, Ethan Johns's production and arrangements suggest the more adventurous sound of Nickel Creek's second album, This Side. The jazzy "Somewhere Out There" offers a heady instrumental mix of resonant mandolin playing, Sara Watkins's swirling fiddle lines, and gentle waves of percussion supporting Phillips's plaintive vocal and Watkins's delicate harmonizing. The soft acoustic passages in "Trouble" give way to eerie, wailing fiddle lines that rise in psychic intensity with the entrance of drums and stinging electric guitar lines, as Phillips soars into an impressive falsetto vocal that gives the tune an unsettling ambiance. The disc winds down on a loose-goosey note with "Think About Your Troubles," a languorous, fanciful ditty that sits somewhere between blues and cabaret; it contains almost a minute of total silence before reigniting with a Hot Clubstyle workout that features Watkins in full Stephane Grappellistyle free flight. Will wonders never cease? Not where Nickel Creek is concerned.
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Performance CreditsMutual Admiration Society Primary Artist
Glen Phillips Vocals,Guitar,Group Member
Sara Watkins Fiddle,Vocals,Group Member
Sean Watkins Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Group Member
Ethan Johns Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Chris Thile Mandolin,Vocals,Group Member
Richard Causon Piano,Accordion
Jennifer Condos Bass
Technical CreditsEthan Johns Producer,Engineer
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I just picked up this album because I have been a “Toad the Wet Sprocket Fan” for years. Having just been recently introduced to Nickel Creek, I knew that this album would be incredible. This album is an example of a perfect synergy between rock and country. Nickel Creeks Bluegrass sounds fuses perfectly with Glenn’s more rock tendencies. Glenn’s gritty vocals are incredibly haunting on top of the beautiful melodies that make up this album. I think the best display of this is the first track on the album “Comes A Time.” This is not one of those album’s that you buy for two or three of the tracks that you fall in love with. You will not be able to help but to fall in love with the album as a whole being that each track has it’s own unique magic and beauty. I recommend this album to any fan of acoustic rock or beautiful music in general.
This is a great album, if you really like Glen Phillips. There isn't really much NC on this recording, they mostly just harmonize. Philips tends to overpower the album so you may be disappointed if you're more of a NC fan.
this is one of the best CDs you havent heard. if your looking for pop/country its probably not what your looking for. a beautiful, robust album.
As a huge Nickel Creek fan, I was so excited when I bought this album. I grew up listening to Toad as well, so I assumed that the album would be nothing less than great. Well, it is unfortunate that I have to say that this album was not nearly as good as I was hoping and expecting it to be. The thing that I noticed first was the sound quality of the album. It isn't very good. There is a lot of hiss in the background. Second, there wasn't enough of Nickel Creek's influence. Yes, the songs are good, but anyone who has listened to both of Nickel Creek's albums would know that they are much better than just a "backup" band. Glen Phillip's vocals were too overpowering on the songs, which left them in despirate need of some harmony. There could have been more Chris Thile in the songs. All in all, it is worth picking up, but only if you are a big Nickel Creek or Toad fan. Don't expect it to knock you out, though.