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NC  07/31/2007          
Nickel Creek
Artist Review
please get back together!!!!!
eucil  07/14/2005          
Why Should the Fire Die?
Unless an album is simply a masterpiece it will have highs and lows. This album really sets a very high standard to every song which makes the highs of the album hard to discern as excellent above the rest. It is such an easy album to get lost in, with a few songs which keep you clicking the rewind button over and over. Opening with "When in Rome," I was brought into the CD immediately by the uptempo swagger of the song and the sheer tightness of the tune. As always the harmonies are flawless, wild and well blended. Another of the distinguished highpoints of the album is "Helena," having an emotional and musical build which climaxes in a highly anticipated drum entrance. Following "When in Rome" is "Someone Like You" which seems to correlate with "Helena" lyrics-wise with a bitter post-separation dread. These songs truly are the highlights of the album for me. The slower songs are mostly "sweet" musically with the exception of "Eveline" with has a very distinctive heavy tone which undoubtably gives the entire song a very eerie overtone. In addition to "Eveline," "Can't Complain" carries a unique electronic element not found elsewhere in the album. It is very slight but still a noticeable portion of the album which spices up the otherwise organic sound. The brief story "Anthony" is also a unique portion of the album carrying a slightly 1920's tune with a repetitive riff to accent the repetitive 'Anthony's heard throughout. As if to appease my love for instrumentals, Scotch and Chocolate fills the void with a very fiery breakout and finish. The instruments are extremely tight and it truly reveals the unique quilt of musicianship that is Nickel Creek. The lowest point of the album has to be "Best of Luck" simply because it sounds like an attempt to write inside of a genre. The overprocessed, clicheed female vocals along with the chorus' predictable melody only serve to degrade from the album. It isn't a bad song, but truly could have been omitted from what is otherwise an excellent album. Those who value the hard right and left guitar/mandolin with center violin balance of Nickel Creek will be delighted at first listen. With the similar panning of the voices it literally feels like you are sitting at a campfire with the Sean Sara and Chris.
Citabria  04/21/2004          
Nickel Creek
Artist Review
Great Music!! I love it!!!!!!!!!!
Rudy Roesken  01/24/2004          
Nickel Creek
Artist Review
Awesome. Stunning. These musicians have opened up an entirely new realm of newgrass!
  11/19/2003          
Nickel Creek
Artist Review
Any chance you get to see this band live, go. They are amazing. A note on Chris: anyone who can rock on a mandolin is incredible. I had listened to them for a couple of years, and I finally got to see them this year at the Wiltern in L.A. and it was truly awe-inspiring.
Jarod Robertson  07/22/2003          
Nickel Creek
Artist Review
This group still continues to astound me.I started listening to them a few years back and I haven't stopped.....Literally.I love the melodies but I think I enjoy the vocals even more.I wish I had a chance to meet them and tell them what a difference they have made in my life.I would recommend their albums to anyone and everyone.
Bryn  06/06/2002          
Nickel Creek
Artist Review
They are so great! I absolutely love "When You Come Back Down"...its a beautiful and sweet/romantic song, the fiddle, mandolin, violin...everything is so awesome and each adds that special touch...i love the lead singer's voice..its soft and sweet and makes everything sound like a lullaby...AWESOME!!!!
The Fox  01/18/2002          
Nickel Creek
Artist Review
The Fox
Pat from S.A.  08/14/2001          
Nickel Creek
Album Review
Great Cd. I bought it a long time ago when I just happened to catch their song on CMT. I still listen to it all the time. The instrumental songs are great and the lyrics for the other songs are very moving. These guys are really talented. I suggest you pick this one up.
Roland Holder  08/06/2001          
Nickel Creek
Artist Review
It's bluegrass without the twang. The lyrical maturity and instrumental virtuosity of this young band leave experienced musicians twice their age wide-eyed in amazement. Chris Thile's lightning-quick mandolin alone is enough reason to buy this CD. Combined with Sara Watkins' angelic voice and violin, Sean Watkins' guitar, and haunting, ethereal melodies, Nickel Creek has found a way to make bluegrass music universally appealing, perhaps even "cool" again.


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