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Mellow music blending many styles,
This review is from: Nickel Creek (Audio CD)
Nickel Creek have their roots in bluegrass but their music draws on a variety of other influences including folk (especially Celtic), country and soft rock. With Alison Krauss as producer, this album mixes ballads that highlight their vocal skills with instrumentals. The regular members of the group are Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins and Chris Thile, though Scott Thile (father of Chris) plays on most of the tracks. Three songs feature Sara on lead (Out of the woods, Reasons why, The hand song) while four songs feature Chris (The lighthouse's tale, When you come back down, Sweet Afton, The fox). The other tracks are instrumentals.
The songs and instrumentals come from a variety of sources including traditional folk songs (The fox, Cuckoo's nest) and a Robert Burns poem (Sweet Afton) set to music by Chris. Among the original songs, there are two about death (The lighthouse's tale, The hand song) but some are more cheerful, especially the romantic Out of the wood. Another great song (When you come back down) is about a couple about to be separated temporarily, but looking forward to being together again.
If you are familiar with the music of Alison Krauss, you will have a reasonable idea of what to expect from this album although this album isn't exactly like any of Alison's own. If you are an Alison Krauss fan, you will surely love this album.