Sleep With One Eye Open [+Digital Booklet]

June 17, 2011 | Format: MP3

$10.49
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Digital Booklet: Sleep With One Eye Open

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  • Original Release Date: May 9, 2011
  • Release Date: May 9, 2011
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2011 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
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  • Total Length: 52:11
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  • ASIN: B004YF9SA0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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They are so amazing at playing their instruments it's crazy.
Mommy
The firepower provided by mandolinist Chris Thile and guitarist Michael Daves is amazing.
Steve Vrana
How two musicians can play this fast and this amazingly well is baffling to me.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Nobody important VINE VOICE on May 24, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Chris Thile is a restless musician, and with guitarist Michael Daves, he takes another dramatic and unexpected turn. He has recorded three duet albums in the past-- two with Mike Marshall, and one with Edgar Meyer. All three of those albums fell very clearly in the progressive bluegrass/new-acoustic tradition set by groups like Strength In Numbers (of which Meyer was a member), and all three were strongly influenced by classical music. However, his duet album with Edgar Meyer, like his Punch Brothers project, had a very modern feel, incorporating dissonance in a way that pre-20th Century classical music rarely did. Knowing that, one might expect another occasionally-dissonant, classical-influenced newgrass album. Instead, Thile goes in the exact opposite direction.

Michael Daves is a much more anachronistic player than Thile. Another reviewer appropriately compared Daves' voice to Del McCoury, but his guitar style is closer to my personal favorite, Larry Keel. So, his picking style is far more aggressive than conventional flatpickers. In fact, his aggressive attack has a feel closer to Dock Boggs' or Roscoe Holcomb's early banjo recordings than to Tony Rice, or even Doc Watson. In fact, the Del McCoury style of singing is also a throwback to Boggs' and Holcomb's early sound, so far more than Thile, Daves looks to the distant past for his musical inspiration, and this album is closer to Daves' style than to Thile's previous recordings. However, this album is far from anachronistic. When British kids started trying to play blues in the 1960's, the music was filtered through post-war British sensibilities, and the resulting music didn't really sound like American blues.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By sprint on May 15, 2011
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If you're like me and you respect & appreciate the traditional Bill Monroe quintet format -- but you wish more people would sacrifice some of the traditional approaches in favor of exploring alternative avenues, then you'll probably like this album. I've leaned a lot toward listening to duets and trios for quite some time and for the reason that everyone loves: there's no big rhythm section to hide behind-- it tests each player's ability to do something constructive/interesting/creative from one moment to the next and it's there for everyone to see. To my ears, the quintet gets kind of old b/c it's just too crowded. As you would expect, Chris really thrives in this setting (as he does in any other setting)- great hooks, fills, leads and vocals on all tracks. Michael's vocals kind of remind me of Del McCoury's --he's not quite as high & lonesome as Del-but he channels some of the same energy thru a slightly lower register and it all works! Similarly, his approach to guitar is his own- some influences of the bluegrass greats we're all accustomed to listening to are there-- but it's all channeled thru this unique filter that's all his own. Hey Chris-- for your next album, how about trying just you and the Gibson/Dudenbostel?
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Pager on May 10, 2011
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I am a huge fan of Chris Thile. Antifogmatic was my favorite album of 2010, and I'm still amazed by it, despite the fact that it's been around for almost a year. With that in mind, I was curious to see how this Thile/Daves collaboration would turn out.

I had figured it would be a traditional bluegrass band, and that they would probably hire session musicians to play the bass, banjo, and possibly fiddle. When I heard the free mp3 they sent out a few weeks ago, I learned that this is actually a real duet, with Thile on mandolin, Daves on guitar, and both singing harmony.

The material is traditional songs and old bluegrass tunes. One would think there is only so much someone can do with a guitar, a mandolin, and some old songs, and he would be right. But what they have done is nothing short of great. The harmonies are perfectly matched, and the arrangements are at once interesting and technically stunning. Despite the use of just two instruments, I did not get the sense that there was something missing--that there was some void that needed filling.

You don't listen to this album because you're looking for groundbreaking work, or because you need to be moved somehow. This is one you listen to because you want to hear excellent guitar and mandolin performances, and good old-fashioned harmonizing. As I've said elsewhere, I don't feel like my music collection is missing something without it, but I very much enjoy listening to it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 16, 2011
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The last time I was this excited about a bluegrass album was J.D. Crowe & The New South's debut for Rounder in 1975. But what makes SLEEP WITH ONE EYE OPEN so amazing that it's just two musicians. The firepower provided by mandolinist Chris Thile and guitarist Michael Daves is amazing.

I'm reminded of the 1980 recording SKAGGS & RICE, another mandolin-guitar duet album. In fact, these recordings share two tracks: the Bill Monroe-penned instrumental "Tennessee Blues" and the traditional "Bury Me Beneath the Willow."

While both of these albums feature two artists whose voices and instruments intertwine seamlessly with each other, I give the nod to SLEEP WITH ONE EYE OPEN for the sheer octane level on such songs as "Rabbit in the Log," "Sophronie" and the title track.

While some might argue that Thile and Daves bring nothing new to these bluegrass chestnuts, that's only true if you don't count the youthful exuberance they bring to the table. This album is on my short list of best albums of 2011. VERY HIGHLY RECOMENDED
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