Nickel Creek

Nickel Creek

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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,

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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.

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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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Release Date:
03/21/2000
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891390925
catalogNumber:
3909
Rank:
51395

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Nickel Creek 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There once was a time that this band was known as an up and coming band of young prodigees. Well, they have arrived. Chris Thile headlines a group of musical geniuses as they release their second album but first on the Sugar Hill label. This album is an absolute must have for acoustic music fans. Sean and Sara Wadkins and Scott Thile join the worlds greatest mandolin player for an absolutley beautiful album from beginning to end
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are an Alison Krauss fan, you'll love this cd. (Alison produced it). Her influences, along with folk and celtic influences, are evident. The harmonies are beautiful and the musicians are very talented. My only complaint is that Sara has a beautiful Alison-like voice, and I would have loved to have heard more of her. A good mix of accoustic tunes can be found here as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't been this excited about a CD for quite a few years. Totally solid playing and singing, great writing, and fabulous arrangements make this a can't miss album for anyone who likes acoustic music. Easily in the same league playing-wise as the early David Grisman recordings, but Nickel Creek's tight playing and broad musical range (did I mention great vocals?) is bound to gather in devotees of all stripes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nickel Creek's self-titled Sugar Hill debut (they have a few earlier indie albums) is frankly breath-taking. Brother and Sister Sean and Sara Watkins are virtuoso instrumentalists, guitar and violin respectively, and their playing is exceeded by the prodigious mandolin work of the young genius, Chris Thile. Chris' Dad, Scott, lays down the perfect bass tracks for the musical pyrotechnics going on above them. If you're familiar with Thile's mandolin instrumental albums it doesn't surprise you to hear more of the same miraculous lines layed out.... but then they sing! It hardly seems fair that musicians so gifted instrumentally should also be able to WAIL vocally, yet wail they do. This album is a marvel. There are MANY 'mainstream' bands that would consider themselves lucky to have a single musician of the caliber of any of the three youngest members of Nickel Creek. Now we wait for the NEXT album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Borders for having this on their listening station. A quick glance at the cover gave no clue as to what caliber of musicianship was to be found on this album. The opening instrumental track dazzles with the 'chops' that these young faces have. Shortly into the 2nd track 'The Lighthouses Tale' the vocals hooked me instantly. I couldn't wait to get this home. The rest of the album will astonish any listener, as the Thile's and Watkin's move effortlessly from intricate up tempo instrumentals, to some of the most beautiful vocals that I have heard in much too many years. The arrangements are without fault. The recording quality is excellent. But above all else, the RESTRAINED BEAUTY of these young players and their gifts will win you over. Like me you will only hope that they remain together for many years to come, so perfect is their merger. BUY IT, BUY IT, BUY IT !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just took my first listen at a listening booth in B&N..and bought it immediately! I am a huge Alison Krauss fan and knew this cd would be good and I am not dissapointed. These guys (and girl) are going to do good things and win a lot of awards for this one. I hope they never stop making music like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of new acoustic music, this CD is a must-have. If you aren't a fan, this CD will show you what you've been missing. The harmonies are amazing and the varied selections make for a wonderful album. The level of musicianship for such young musicians is wonderful. You will be extremely pleased with this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this cd after I heard 'Reasons Why' playing on CMT. I was astounded by how much they sounded like Alison Krauss and Union Station. Then, I saw that Alison had produced it! They are amazing musicians and they all have great voices..Hats off to Nickel Creek!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew it had to be a good CD when my boyfriend came racing across a Barnes & Noble store to drag me to the listening station. I was amazed at what came over the headphones. It's a GREAT CD...we even bought copies as presents for friends. The musicianship is fabulous, especially considering 3 of the 4 players are barely out of their teens. If you love Celtic, bluegrass, or just good music, this is one CD you'll really enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best bands I have ever listened to. Their music is clean and heartfelt. None like it. Truly talented people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really don't listen to fiddle music alot but I got really hooked onto this CD. Perfect for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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''!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!