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Mandolin virtuoso and composer Chris Thile, a multiple–Grammy Award winner and a MacArthur Fellow, has long been known as an audacious improviser and a tireless collaborator whose work has incorporated bluegrass, folk, rock, jazz, and classical elements. Besides his brilliant bandmates in Punch Brothers, his fellow travelers have also included pianist Brad Mehldau, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, ... Read more in Amazon's Chris Thile Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugar Hill
  • ASIN: B000GY73HS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Watch 'at Breakdown 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground 3:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Stay Away 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. O Santo De Polvora 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wayside - Back In Time 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. You're an Angel, and I'm Gonna Cry 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. How to Grow a Woman From the Ground 5:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Brakeman's Blues 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. If The Sea Was Whiskey 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen12. Heart in a Cage 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I'm Yours If You Want Me 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Eleventh Reel 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 

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How To Grow A Woman From The Ground is the sound of a brilliant musician stretching out to reach new things - but also returning to the source that originally inspired his amazing talents. In the process, Chris gathered together some of the hottest young players out there - Chris Eldridge, Greg Garrison, Noam Pikelny and Gabe Witcher - for a spirited run through tracks new and old. For this, Thile decided to record the project live to two-track tape in order capture the energy of bluegrass as it originally evolved. Little separation. No compression. The communal feel of bluegrass that embodies raw energy and subtle harmonies expressing emotion without artifice.

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You wait an eternity for a bluegrass child prodigy and then! along comes Chris Thile with his fifth solo record, to say nothing of his five albums with Nickel Creek (formed with fellow third-graders at age eight) and umpteen collaborative efforts (including covers of work by J.S. Bach and Charlie Parker). However, the superbly titled How to Grow a Woman serves as an excellent entry point to Thile's body of work.

Whereas previous solo albums such as 2001's Not All Who Wander Are Lost and 2004's The Deceiver were noted for their experimentalism and intricacy, this has something of the communal feel of Thile's work with the now defunct Nickel Creek, perhaps not surprising since his new band, the recently re-named Punch Brothers, debut here. The diversity of this album is astounding, encompassing the traditional ''If the Sea was Whiskey'', Jimmie Rodger's ''Brakeman's Blues', Gillian Welch's ''Wayside (Back in Time)'', as well as covers of the White Stripes (''Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground'') and the Strokes (''Heart in a Cage''), a variety of instrumentals (the opening 'Watch 'at Breakdown' is a virtuoso performance, and ''The Beekeeper'' shows Thile hasn't neglected his more jazzy approach) and original material.

Thile's originals here are considerably more downbeat, perhaps unsurprising bearing in mind the band was originally formed to 'commiserate about our failed relationships' but the songs remain cathartic when they're not uplifting. For a man still in his mid-twenties, Thile seems awfully world-weary at times, but then he has already packed three careers into one. His willingness to experiment appears to have caused something of a furore in the bluegrass scene, and the controversy is further stoked here by his - gasp! - swearing on the Strokes cover, but, frankly, you'd have to be cloth-eared not to enjoy this beautiful record. Apparently his next release will include a forty-minute suite based on his divorce entitled ''The Blind Leading The Blind'', but you might want to sample these fruits first before following him into that abyss. --Tim Nelson

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. B. Davies on 11 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Having almost every CD he's recorded I thought I'd heard it all but when I listened to this one he proved me wrong. Like "Deceiver" this one has a lot of singing but this time he covers everything from pure bluegrass to rock (White Stripes cover) to blues. He has a new band line up for this one but don't worry, this one is every bit as good as all the others he's used and this time it is a band album as opposed to a different line up for each song. He's used a purist two mic approach to the recording which has the minor downside of a slight lack of presence on the voice but the integrity which it brings to the whole album just goes to prove the quailities of the musicians.

The variety of this album threw me at first but after two or three listenings I think it might just be his best yet.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Ellett Iolite on 6 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is a joy. Chris Thile gets better and stronger with every new recording. On this album there's a good combination of new/modern songs that echo his influences from recent musical collaborations, plus impressive bluegrass style pieces featuring stunning, nifty mandolin picking - fun to (try and) play along with. This is a lovely expressive album - with good variety in emotional mood and vocal styles from song to song. How to Grow a Woman from the Ground is an absolute treat.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2007
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I came to this album through watching Chris on YouTube and was struck by his virtuoso mandolin playing. On this album he is joined by a typical bluegrass line-up of fiddle, banjo, guitar, and the result is startling. This is not bluegrass as I remember it.

The range of songs and tunes is very wide, including bluesy numbers and one or two celtic style tunes, and even one sung mostly a capella. The track the Eleventh Reel is astonishing Irish style, but takes it to a new level of technical achievement. The Beekeeper is an amazing instrumental in which Chris Thiles mandolin passages lefe me amazed at how such playing is possible. The sheer variety of styles and tempo makes this a great album for anyone who loves excellence in music, whatever the genre.

I particularly appreciate the dynamic range - the way the tunes have loud and quiet passages in them, so that one minute the band is rocking at a fearsome rate, then suddenly a quiet passage allows a delicate mandolin solo to be heard. In fact, all the instrumentalists are excellent, no just Chris, the plenty of opportunity is given to them all to showcase their skills. The sheer speed of some of the solos is breathtaking and its hard to work out how they can pick the strings so fast. However, it is not all furious picking and there are also some excellent songs on the album which show a more reflective touch. Having said all that, Chris Thile's mandolin playing was the point of this album for me, and I was not disappointed. I didn't know the guy until last week and now I am a convert.

My only gripe is the use of the "F" word once, in one song. You don't really expect this sort of thing in an album like this and it sort of jumps out at you. Maybe a warning on the cover wouldn't be amiss? Most grown-ups won't mind, but it may discourage you from playing it in the car on the school run.
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