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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Release Date: January 3, 2006
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Sugar Hill
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  • Total Length: 49:57
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  • ASIN: B001F3O4F8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 214 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,007 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By J. Ross on August 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
From my reviewing friend, Matt Snook:

The album "Nickel Creek" currently has more air-time than any other around our house, surpassing the likes of Natalie MacMaster (superlative Celtic fiddler) and Blue Highway with Rob Ickes. Like many people I've heard at jam sessions and festivals, we're learning the Nickel Creek style breaks for "Cuckoo's Nest," and trying to tackle "Ode To A Butterfly" and "In the House of Tom Bombadil." Anna has even begun interrupting her fiddle practices (which involve learning Sara Watkins' fiddle licks) to start learning the mandolin. These guys (and gal) have definitely influenced our music and amazed us with their playing abilities and musical style. Needless to say, we were thrilled when Joe Ross allowed us to review the new album for the NWBluegrass Group. Using all of the fatherly wisdom I could muster, I warned the kids not to be disappointed in their first encounter with the new album. "These are all creative people, and will most likely not play anything like the music on their first album, but it will be good." I still think I was right. Still, because most of us know Nickel Creek only from that first album, most of this review will comprise a comparison of the two.

So how does "Nickel Creek: This Side" compare to their "debut" album? Nearly half of the first album was instrumental. This makes sense when all three band members are award winning musicians. But "This Side" has only one. Whereas the instrumentals on "Nickel Creek" had either a bluegrass or Celtic flavor with a newgrass/jazz/swing approach, the "Smoothie Song" (featuring bouzouki) is more of a bluesy-grass tune. I like it. I want more of it, but there's only one. Vocally the two albums are similar.
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I hate country music and bluegrass. Period. So when a friend of mine popped Nickel Creek into his car stereo, I was reluctant to listen...but had no choice. I was intrigued at what i heard. Excellent acoustic guitar and violin instrumentation, tight vocals, and haunting melodies were abundant in "This Side". Somehow, I had grown to like an album in a genre I very much dislike. I purchased this album a couple nights later, and I'm still enjoying what I'm hearing.
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To begin with, I'm not really a country or bluegrass devotee. I think Nickel Creek's debut album was the first bluegrass album I ever listened to, but I loved it, and I think the time that passed between NC's two albums only strengthened their skills, both individually and a group. I've read the more negative reviews of this album, and I seriously don't know what they're talking about. As an amateur musician and music lover, I think this is a fabulous album. It's all over the map, both stylistically and emotionally: "Smoothie Song" was nominated for the Best Country Instrumental Grammy (I believe), and fits the "newgrass" mold very well, while "Spit On a Stranger" is pretty much rock, and "Should Have Known Better" has the beat and bass licks of a coffeehouse jazz tune; the climax of "This Side" makes me want to jump for joy, while "The House Carpenter" makes me want to crawl under the covers and weep. The diversity of the album doesn't make it feel disjointed, though -- the vocals and instrumentation tie everything together quite nicely. I would recommend this to pretty much anyone -- bluegrass, rock, or Celtic music fans who are looking to expand their tastes; folk fans (it won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album); people who don't like having their music tastes boxed in... Simply put, I love this album, and you just might love it, too.
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I must admit I was a bit reluctant to by Nickel Creek's new CD because of the lukewarm reviews it received, but I bought it anyway and have not been disappointed. Their smooth harmonies and amazing playing skills make them mature beyond their years. It is a lot different from their first CD, but not bad by any stretch. Sara, Sean and Chris trade off vocal duties which is rare in a group situation where one person usually sings lead all the time. But Nickel Creek is anything but usual - and as Martha Stewart would say "that's a good thing".

My favorite songs are "This Side", "Spit on a Stranger" and "Hanging By a Thread". They are each unique and incredible in their own way. The rest of the songs are great as well, "Green and Gray" is haunting and "The Smoothie Song" is a great Nickel Creek instrumental.

It is hard to say Nickel Creek is 'this' or 'that' because they do have such a wide range of influences and abilities. Alison Krauss has masterfully woven them together into the tapestry that is This Side.
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Many of the reviews have complained about the "radical" departure this album represents from Nickel Creek's debut. While it is certainly very different, most notably the absence of instrumentals with the exception of one, anyone willing to listen through a few times will fall in love.
No it's not bluegrass, but it's not pop either (really only two songs have crossover potential "This Side" and "Speak" - and I highly doubt they'll get any airplay given the conservative nature of radio). Anyone who thinks these songs are "pop" has not listened to any in ages. It's a wonderful combination of musical genres that is uniquely Nickel Creek.
Other reviews have complained about the vocals. I love the voices of Nickel Creek, especially Chris Thile and Sara Watkins. Sara Watkin's vocal on "Sabra Girl" is heartbreakingly beautiful. No, she's not going to belt out songs at the top of her lungs like Celine Dion but who wants her to??? I can always hear "diva" vocals by turning on the radio, I love hearing something different.
My only disappointment in this album is only one instrumental, I adored the instrumentals on the debut CD. But given how wonderful the songs are, that's a minor complaint.
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