Why Should The Fire Die?by Nickel Creek
Nickel Creek is a band that prides itself not on rising to the challenge but rather on redefining the challenge each time out. A theme burns through the trio's third album, Why Should the Fire Die? as nearly every tune addresses troubled relationships. Setting a fitting ambiance for some wrenching interior monologues that reflect on love gone awry, producers Eric Valentine and Tony Berg sculpt a dense soundscape rich with sonic buzzes, clicks, sighs, and bleeps that serve as an electronic Greek chorus signaling another romance shorting out. Chris Thile's writing continues to grow more cutting and more beautifully restrained -- check out the mating of craft and passion on the lilting, dirge-like "Jealous of the Moon" and the intricately layered "Can't Complain," with its twin finger-picked guitars and delicate harmonies giving way to a flurry of furious stringed dissonance that sets up Thile for a big finish in which his airy voice surges into a near-scream. Sean Watkins checks in memorably with "Somebody Like You," an angry, thumping kiss-off from someone who's been used and dumped, with vitriol to spare. His sister Sara offers her own take on love in "Anthony," which is winsome in a Kasey Chambers heartbreaker way and slightly bent in a Leonard Cohen kind of way. The vibrant instrumentals extend the theme, reflecting emotional turmoil ("Sugar & Chocolate"), elation (the countrified "Stumptown"), and resignation ("First and Last Waltz"). The payoff is in the album-closing title cut, a lovely folk-styled tune with gentle finger picking and breathy harmonies in which Thile sings wistfully of the elusiveness of lasting passion. Sounds like the setup for a sequel.
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Performance CreditsNickel Creek Primary Artist
Mark Schatz Bass,Foot Stomping,Group Member
Eric Valentine Drums
Chris Thile Banjo,Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Mandola,Foot Stomping,Guitar (Tenor),Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Sara Watkins Fiddle,Vocals,Foot Stomping,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Sean Watkins Bouzouki,Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Foot Stomping,Vocal Harmony,Guitar (Baritone),Group Member
Technical CreditsBob Dylan Composer
Tony Berg Producer,Audio Production
Gary Louris Composer
Eric Valentine Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Chris Thile Composer
Sara Watkins Composer
Sean Watkins Composer
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Nothing at all like N.C. other albums. Simply the worst thing they've ever produced. Buy this album only if you're a glutton for punishment.
When I first bought this CD, I had only heard the single, "When in Rome," and I'd liked it. Listening to the whole album, I certainly hadn't expected what I heard, but after a couple of run throughs, I decided I really liked it. I think my favorite song is the contemplative "Doubting Thomas" - simple yet beautiful.
This is a very good album. I think they have created alternative bluegrass.
i loved all their other cds and this one just tops them off! it's a lyrical beauty...it's vocally daring and different, which is why i like it. and the instrumentals are as beautiful as ever.
Nickel Creek just keep getting better and better! I adore their past cd's and had no doubt I would love this one. Haven't been able to stop the replay button!
Nickel Creek is the best Bluegrass/Country group that ever was. Their albums never cease to amaze me. I just bought this CD today and listened to the whole thing on the way home. It is absolutely breathtaking.
I love this Cd. I keep playing it over and over. This has to be N.C.'s best. I like the other albums, but this one speaks to me more. It leans to the more dark side of relationships, and contemplates the deeper things in life. As a person who writes poetry, they have a flowiness to thier lyrics, but yet they are harsh in a way thats not too obvious. Some songs tend to be a bit sorrowful, and anyone who has been through a bad relationship can relate, that is if they will let themselves. As with wine it gets better with age, and so does N.C.