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Nickel Creek (from the album Celebrants available on Repair Records/Thirty Tigers) (by Bryant Liggett)
It has been nine years since the last Nickel Creek band release. That’s nine years to woodshed and write more songs while perfecting your craft, which is what Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Sean Watkins have done. Their latest release, Celebrants, finds the trio busting out more genre-bending acoustic music, the three players confident in their abilities to deliver NewGrass-infused Folk and acoustic avant-Pop sounds that do a delicate dance around the style of Bluegrass.
Chris Thile recognizes those nine years as he opens the record singing ‘My God, it’s good to see you’ on the opening title track; the cut nodding to 1980s Brit Prog Rock. It is a great curveball to begin the song cycle.
Celebrants is a record loaded with great harmonies; There’s a warmth in the layers of “Strangers”, “Water Under the Bridge Part 1” is animated, and there’s a gentle hush in “Holding Pattern”. Sara Watkins then offers out the Punk-fast, Old-School Country rowdy “Where the Long Line Leads”. Nickel Creek drop a theatrical and dramatic score with “Hollywood Ending” while “Water Under the Bridge Part 2” continues the exploratory side of the band.
Bluegrass purists have scoffed at Nickel Creek, and that’s okay; they’ve never been a Bluegrass band, more of a Pop band on the Roots festival circuit. One thing unifying is noting that their talents push them ahead of the pack. This is not simple music. Its complex music, with hundreds of thousands of notes picked on string instruments, is presented in a pop package ready for the masses.
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