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PB put rythmn and grooves into an acoustic, themed album.,
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This review is from: Who's Feeling Young Now? (Audio CD)
I have been following the Thile mystery tour for 12 years now and it never ceases to be refreshing and fun. Who's Feeling Young Now's refresh involves playing together and creating recognizable grooves that invite repeat listens. That one could do this with acoustic instruments is really quite astonishing. Gabe's violin sounds like a wailing guitar, but different. The Chops of acoustic strings and bass create a strong foundational ooomph that make you tap your foot in ways that are more like a Tupac groove than a bluegrass stomp. The grooves are mostly slower, jaunty, catchy and actually simpler than a lot of what Thile has done before.
But of course there are radical departures from the rhythm and groove aspects I just described. Cut 6 is really a traditional Thile / NickleCreek / PB instrumental(Flippen). Some of the slower numbers sound like they came right off of "Why Should the Fire Die?"
This is also a themed album and much closer to the Thile exploration of faith, loss and love that was so prominent in Punch. The first 5 songs are really all prayers or meditations and honestly, pretty challenging to the almighty . There is a fair amount of Thile Angst, but also some lighthearted fun in the prayers. Cut 6 is the cleansing drink before the 5 songs which are mainly about women and love of things earthly. I even found the 2nd instrumental consistent with the confusion women create, but I, after all, am a guy .
While I loved Antifogmatic, it seemed less cohesive than this release. I find myself less challenged by this recording and find it more compelling.
(update after 50 listens). This is my favorite Thile release since "Not all who wander are lost. Fun, stimulating and thoughtful. The real surprise is that the very first cut, Movement and Location has become a favorite. I now have this slide show in my mind of Thile at 23, having spent his whole life on what he truly loves, the technical precision of playing the Mandolin, just starting his serious journey into the complexity of human relationships. It sums up so much about him. Of course I am just guessing, but for those who watch his video on playing the mandolin and try to hit your spots, remember the thrill of playing is the goal.