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A Dotted Line [+digital booklet]

April 1, 2014 | Format: MP3

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Digital Booklet: A Dotted Line

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 28, 2014
  • Release Date: March 28, 2014
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 37:52
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  • ASIN: B00IL642V8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,628 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I am big fan of NCs music and I am so happy to see a new album out.
Chad Wilson
And, now that they've come back together to do this tour/album, all I can see is that the separation was a really good thing.
Jon Heupel
To the band, a Great job on this album and THANKYOU for make such beautiful music together.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By David Linz on April 1, 2014
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The long awaited reunion of Bluegrass super-group Nickel Creek has finally arrived and it does not disappoint. I have managed to listen through the album a second time in the space of an hour and I can say with some confidence that I will be listening to this another week before I fully absorb its different sounds. As welcome as it is to have Chris, Sean, and Sara together again, "A Dotted Line" is a charming piece of music in its own right. It's hard not to come away smiling after the first listen.

Of course hard-core fans will hardly need to be sold, but more casual Nickel Creek listeners might be curious what to expect after a seven-year Hiatus. In a word, the album is like a sampler of the different styles that Nickel Creek (and its constituent members) have explored over their careers thus far. The genre changes radically from song to song just as do the emotions; one moment whimsical, one moment heart-felt, one moment haunting.

But while the album is stylistically scattered, the band members are in total lockstep complementing each other on every track. In fact, the confident skills of each of the musicians involved was the one constant in an album that kept me guessing from start to finish. I hesitate to say I detected an over-arching theme (like that in "Why Should the Fire Die") but this album is deeper than one might initially expect. It deserves many-a-pleasant repeat listen.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By OH Packerfan on April 4, 2014
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So wonderful to have one of the most extraordinary progressive acoustic musicians together again.
Chris continues to be the lead man, doing the majority of the lead vocals, and producing shimmering mandolin work. He just has "IT," that rock star swagger, while backing it up w the chops to play w the likes of Yo Yo Ma, and pretty much anyone, in any genre.
Sarah's vocals have matured. Even Sean sounds confident singing 21st of May.
Hayloft is a bit of an odd choice. I am not sure if it was done tongue in cheek, like when they used to do Brittany Spears' Toxic live. It is curious, but kind of fun, & funny.
The last 3 songs are the best, by far. Elephant is an instrumental tour de force. You Don't Know is a fun piece, in the spirit of Spit on a Stranger. Where is Love Now is a wonderful concluding note.
The one obvious gripe is the length of the disk. Clocking in at less than 38 minutes is really kind of chintzy. It has been, what, 7-8 years. Can't we have come up with just a few additional songs to round it out to at least 60, or even 50, minutes?
Perhaps its the "leave them wanting more" thing. I certainly want more. Please, don't let it be another 7-8 years.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 1, 2014
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This has to be one of the best all around bands that I have run across in a long time. The depth of the music and sound will blow your mind. I can't believe that this band is not a common household name. This album lives up to the album "This Side" which I am more familiar with. Songs like "21st of May" and "Destination" just continue the legacy of great music that the have made in the past and will not disappoint. I agree that the album is like a sampler of the different styles that Nickel Creek has had through the years and will not disappoint if you like any of the other albums and style of their music (Especially "This Side") . Buy it now and enjoy it!

To the band, a Great job on this album and THANKYOU for make such beautiful music together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 8, 2014
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Nickel Creek's "indefinite" hiatus was crushing news to me when I first heard it, and I couldn't be happier with their return. Their first album enthralled me with its ephemeral, youthful sound, and their second jarred me awake with the up-beat sound of a growing career. Their third album, "Why Should the Fire Die?" was a climactic crash of creative voice and experimentation, and the tragic harbinger of their "indefinite" hiatus. The news that the band was breaking up hit me hard and depressed me for weeks, but I couldn't be happier with their return. Nickel Creek has matured magnificently.

"A Dotted Line" synergizes the country tone of their second album with all of the most successful experiments from their third, resulting in a very controlled but dynamically unique voice that bears the echoes of their first albums unmitigated artistry. The soul of the musicians is on display, just as it always is. The album is a portrait of the artists as fully grown adults, still full of wonder and new surprises, but with all the control that comes with mature, experience, and mastery. Anyone whose ever loved any Nickel Creek song will hear what they loved on this album, refined and made new, alongside everything else that makes the group what it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 29, 2014
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My only complaint is that the album isn't long enough. I was really hoping they would provide more content. The 10 songs they did include, however, are all expertly and wonderfully performed. Beautiful work, here's to another 100 albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ceejay_42 on June 18, 2014
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I was a big Nickel Creek fan the first time around and so I was completely ecstatic to hear they were getting back together and making a new album. I probably would have still bought this CD if it was terrible, but thankfully it's amazing! I listen to it all the time and can't get enough. I love every single song on this album... there isn't even one that I skip over. It has a very similar feel to their older albums. Some of the songs are slower and beautiful (Love of Mine, Rest of my Life, Where is Love Now), others are fast and fun to sing along with (Destination, You Don't Know What's Going On)... others are just weird but I love them anyway (Hayloft).

Overall, highly recommend this album!
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