Nickel Creek

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
The new face of progressive bluegrass, Nickel Creek -- a trio that includes 24-year-old Sean Watkins guitar, his 20-year-old sister Sara fiddle, and 20-year-old Chris Thile mandolin, with a big assist from Thile's father, Scott, an accomplished bassist -- goes way beyond the blue on its stunning debut, culling stylistic statements from folk, classical, pop, country, Celtic,and jazz at a very minimum and employing those elements adeptly over the course of a dozen mostly original songs that are by turns haunting and exhilarating. The band's producer is none other than Alison Krauss, and her touch is all over Nickel Creek, especially in the sustained dreamy ambience ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
The new face of progressive bluegrass, Nickel Creek -- a trio that includes 24-year-old Sean Watkins guitar, his 20-year-old sister Sara fiddle, and 20-year-old Chris Thile mandolin, with a big assist from Thile's father, Scott, an accomplished bassist -- goes way beyond the blue on its stunning debut, culling stylistic statements from folk, classical, pop, country, Celtic,and jazz at a very minimum and employing those elements adeptly over the course of a dozen mostly original songs that are by turns haunting and exhilarating. The band's producer is none other than Alison Krauss, and her touch is all over Nickel Creek, especially in the sustained dreamy ambience pervading each track -- this could well be a sequel to Krauss's own stark masterpiece, Forget About It. Fans of bracing, dexterous instrumental work will find a lot to chew on here, particularly in the album-opening "Ode to a Butterfly," which announces Nickel Creek's arrival in no uncertain terms, and in "In the House of Tom Bombadil," as Thile sets the pace with breathtaking mandolin variations on an Irish melody before giving way to equally bracing guitar and fiddle sorties from the Watkinses. Thile is a wonderful vocalist, too, his voice not a high lonesome bluegrass tenor but rather resembling the late British folksinger Nick Drake's fragile, searching instrument. Suffice it to say that Sara Watkins could be Krauss's vocal clone, and when she floats into her soft, crystalline upper register on a song such as the aching "Reasons Why," she touches the human heart in its deepest place. This happens with uncommon frequency on what sounds like an album for the ages.
All Music Guide - William Ashford
Few artists will offer the story of a lighthouse, sung in the first person, but Nickel Creek has a flair for the unusual. "The Lighthouse's Tale," is but one of a dozen good reasons to enjoy this self-titled release. Produced by Alison Krauss, it features an eclectic collection of material, original and borrowed. Highlights include the instrumentals "Ode to a Butterfly," "Robin and Marian," and "Pastures New." Perhaps most striking, though, are the evocative vocals, particularly on "Out of the Woods" and the band's cover of "When You Come Back Down" written by Tim O'Brien and Danny O'Keefe. Nickel Creek, the group and album, are altogether exhilarating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891390925
  • Catalog Number: 3909
  • Sales rank: 8,262

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ode to a Butterfly (4:08)
  2. 2 The Lighthouse's Tale (5:01)
  3. 3 Out of the Woods (5:19)
  4. 4 House of Tom Bombadil (3:46)
  5. 5 Reasons Why (4:08)
  6. 6 When You Come Back Down (3:49)
  7. 7 Sweet Afton (5:37)
  8. 8 Cuckoo's Nest (2:19)
  9. 9 The Hand Song (4:26)
  10. 10 Robin and Marian (4:34)
  11. 11 The Fox (2:30)
  12. 12 Pastures New (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nickel Creek Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Chris Thile Banjo, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Vocals, Bazouki, Vocal Harmony
Sara Watkins Fiddle, Strings, Violin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Sean Watkins Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Scott Thile Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Alison Krauss Producer
James Guthrie Mastering
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Sinéad Lohan Composer
Chris Thile Composer
A. McKenzie Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Chuck Turner Digital Editing
Nickel Creek Arranger
Traditional Composer
Tracy Martinson Digital Editing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome.

    I love this CD so much! It is an awesome, beautiful blend of music. This CD want's me to start taking up mandolin lessons! :) I have problems sleeping sometimes, and this CD has the only music that makes me fall asleep. Not that it's boring! No, this music just makes me feel safe and all-around comfortable. Awesome. Amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Young Group

    This is one the best new groups I've heard.Their talent is amazing. Not strictly bluegrass, nearly all their music is written by them. Wonderful sound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelievable Album!!

    This album is beyond amazing. It really strikes a chord deep inside of you. Nickel Creek,(Chris Thile in particular), is fantastic. If you think you don't like bluegrass, don't worry. Nickel Creek manages to give their songs a bluegrass/country/pop fusion that will turn you into a bluegrass lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enspiring and Exciting, Stole my Heart

    I never heard of the band Nickel Creek until my youth minister played it on our drive down to KY. The bluegrass swept me away to the most wonderful world! The harmonies, the music and the passion in the lyrics absolutely stole my heart. I especially love When You Come Back Down, it has become my all-time-forever-favorite song. Kudos to the band, and everyone that helped making the cd that has made me fall in love with bluegrass.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Awsome CD

    This CD is a wonderful one! It has everything from love songs, to up beat fast tempo ones. They have a unique sound. Even if 'bluegrass' isn't your 'thing' you really should try this CD anyway. The type of songs they do, the way they do them, and the stories behind them are all reasons to get it. For me they rank right up there with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and all the great story/song tellers! If you like songs that have a meaning or a story behide them this one's for you! Great job Nickel Creek, can't wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the most incredible album I've ever bought...

    This group is completely limitless in its beauty. There's a chemistry that comes from inside these guys that makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time. If you're not into really powerful music, profound lyrics, and vocals that sound like echoes from heavan, than go ahead and move on to the Winger section.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Your collection will never be without it....

    This is truly one of the few albums that I've purchased in the last decade that I can put into the CD player and play first moment to last.... and then when it's over, push the shuffle and listen to all of the songs again. You will be amazed and taken with the first listen, but even better.... your favorites will shift the more times you play it through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent album

    I was watching CMT one day and ''Lighthouse's Tale'' came on. My first instinct was to turn the channel b/c I don't really care for bluegrass music, but something told me to listen to the song. By the time the song was over, I was in tears. The song is so beautiful and so heartwrenching! Thanks to Nickel Creek, I'm a converted Bluegrass fan! Thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't Get Enough

    This CD has been in my car's changer for over a year. I just can't get enough of it. Definitely one of my favority CDs. You'll love every track

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    mezmorizing

    This CD is full of beautiful songs that can capture you and take you places. You can't catorgorize this type of music other than ''Nickel Creek Music''. This music is something that I think everyone should have and get to know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely beautiful

    This CD is lovely. It's country and it's not country. They have their own style that is traditional and not traditional. I guess they're too good for words. The Lighthouse song makes me cry. Don't be afraid to buy this one. You'll love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Time of Desperation

    I honestly feel that things are changing since the Sept. 11th attacks on America. The world is changing and this is having a positive effect on our music. Nickel Creek's sound brings a sense of peace to all who listen to them. They have definitely helped me relax and not worry about ''what's gonna happen next''!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If I could give it 6*, I would.

    Nickel Creek is the most talented trio that has ever made music, in my opinion. They are the total package. They write most of their music, including my favorite ''The Lighthouse's Tale.'' They are unbelievable musicians as evidenced by their opening track, ''Ode to a Butterfly.'' Sean is an accomplished and award-winning guitar player; Chris is a virtuoso on the mandolin - easily one of the top 10 players in the world; Sara won several contests on violin. Top all of this off with their unbelievable voices, and you have more talent than any 5 bands that you wish to choose. It doesn't seem fair that a group is so talented! This is one CD that you will listen to over and over again and never tire of. If you are reading this and you have not bought this CD yet, BUY IT! Your ears will thank you later. I selfishly hope that they come out with more of the same. I will buy whatever they make!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent CD

    I first heard Nickel Creek perform on Prairie Home Companion. Sara Watkins is a great fiddler. Being a Tolkien fan I enjoyed seeing the ¿House of Tom Bombadil¿ track (which was a good track also). I am looking forward to buying the next CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST CD EVER

    I THOUGHT THEY WERE VERY THOUGHTFUL IN WHAT THEY WROTE. VERY SINCERE. I LOVE IT AND WILL BUY THE NEXT CD THAT THEY HAVE COMMING. GOOD JOB GUYS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a work of art here!

    If I had to pick one CD to take with me on a deserted island...this would be it. I love this CD. I can listen to it over and over. You can tell Alison Krauss (producer fantastico!) had her hand in it but truly, these three young musicians have a gift. And I thank them for sharing it with us. God has blessed them there is no doubt about it. Every song on this CD is wonderful in it's own right. The harmonies, the way they ''play'' with each other is sheer joy. It makes you giggle with delight at how good they are together and that you are getting to listen in. Alison Krauss says ''You Ain't seen nothin' yet from this group'' and that the next album is going to be even better. I can't wait to hear it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blew Me Away

    I really don't listen to fiddle music alot but I got really hooked onto this CD. Perfect for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bluegrass just got better!

    This young group from California shines! From their original, sweet ballads to their bluegrass instrumentals they show talent and devotion. I am not a bluegrass groupie but since I heard them on Prairie Home Companion, I knew I wanted to buy their CD. Go for the gold kids! San Diego is proud of you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD

    This is a great CD to have even if your not a big bluegrass fan. Nickel Creek is very talented and keeps you interested even without lyrics on some songs. If you are looking for a CD to buy make it this one you won't be dissappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Perfect CD

    I saw ''Nickel Creek'' open for Lyle Lovett last summer. They were more than up to the task of getting the audience motivated. This album confirms what I learned that evening--sublime voices and flawless instrumentals, combined with songs of great depth make for a CD that can't be listened to just once...or twice. I can't get enough of it!!

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