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A Dotted Line

Nickel Creek

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A Nickel Creek reunion was perhaps inevitable. Neither Sara Watkins nor Sean Watkins ceased performing together during their seven-year hiatus and while Chris Thile saw some success with the Punch Brothers, the pull of a 25th anniversary reunion was too strong to resist. To accompany a 2014 tour, the trio recorded the new album A Dotted Line, a record that adhered to the group's traditions so much they wound up whittling away most of their progressive leanings. Nickel Creek still has an ear for interesting covers -- here, they pick Mother Mother's "Hayloft" and Sam Phillips' "Where Is Love Now" -- but the instrumentation on this brief ten-song collection focuses on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. It's a far cry from the eclectic, electric adventures on Sara Watkins' solo records but the music feels alive and nimble and the originals -- which are primarily group collaborations, although Thile wrote the instrumental "Elsie" and Sean wrote the plaintive "21st of May" -- are uniformly solid. If there isn't much spark, there is a surplus of warmth; the trio is comfortable and relaxed, and it's hard not to succumb to such friendly, familiar vibes.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Rest of My Life
00:03:39

Chris Thile, Composer, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Lead Vocals - Eric Valentine, Percussion - Edgar Meyer, Bass - Matt Chamberlain, Percussion - Sara Watkins, Composer, Lead Vocals, Fiddle - Mark Schatz, Bass - Sean Watkins, Composer, Guitar, Lead Vocals - Nickel Creek, MainArtist

© 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc.

2
Destination
00:03:50

Chris Thile, Composer, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Lead Vocals - Eric Valentine, Percussion - Matt Chamberlain, Percussion - Sara Watkins, Composer, Lead Vocals, Fiddle - Mark Schatz, Bass - Sean Watkins, Composer, Guitar, Lead Vocals - Nickel Creek, MainArtist

© 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc.

3
Elsie
00:02:32

Chris Thile, Composer, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Lead Vocals - Eric Valentine, Percussion - Edgar Meyer, Bass - Matt Chamberlain, Percussion - Sara Watkins, Lead Vocals, Fiddle - Mark Schatz, Bass - Sean Watkins, Guitar, Lead Vocals - Nickel Creek, MainArtist

© 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc.

4
Christmas Eve
00:04:22

Chris Thile, Composer, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Lead Vocals - Eric Valentine, Percussion - Edgar Meyer, Bass - Matt Chamberlain, Percussion - Sara Watkins, Composer, Lead Vocals, Fiddle - Mark Schatz, Bass - Sean Watkins, Composer, Guitar, Lead Vocals - Nickel Creek, MainArtist

© 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc.

5
Hayloft
00:03:17

Chris Thile, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Lead Vocals - Eric Valentine, Percussion - Matt Chamberlain, Percussion - Ryan Guldemond, Composer - Sara Watkins, Lead Vocals, Fiddle - Mark Schatz, Bass - Sean Watkins, Guitar, Lead Vocals - Nickel Creek, MainArtist

© 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc.

6
21st of May
00:02:46

Chris Thile, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Lead Vocals - Eric Valentine, Percussion - Matt Chamberlain, Percussion - Sara Watkins, Lead Vocals, Fiddle - Mark Schatz, Bass - Sean Watkins, Composer, Guitar, Lead Vocals - Nickel Creek, MainArtist

© 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc.

7
Love of Mine
00:04:41

Chris Thile, Composer, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Lead Vocals - Eric Valentine, Percussion - Matt Chamberlain, Percussion - Sara Watkins, Composer, Lead Vocals, Fiddle - Mark Schatz, Bass - Sean Watkins, Composer, Guitar, Lead Vocals - Nickel Creek, MainArtist

© 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc.

8
Elephant in the Corn
00:05:10

Chris Thile, Composer, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Lead Vocals - Eric Valentine, Percussion - Edgar Meyer, Bass - Matt Chamberlain, Percussion - Sara Watkins, Composer, Lead Vocals, Fiddle - Mark Schatz, Bass - Sean Watkins, Composer, Guitar, Lead Vocals - Nickel Creek, MainArtist

© 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc.

9
You Don't Know What's Going On
00:02:50

Chris Thile, Composer, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Lead Vocals - Eric Valentine, Percussion - Edgar Meyer, Bass - Matt Chamberlain, Percussion - Sara Watkins, Composer, Lead Vocals, Fiddle - Mark Schatz, Bass - Sean Watkins, Composer, Guitar, Lead Vocals - Nickel Creek, MainArtist

© 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc.

10
Where Is Love Now
00:04:42

Chris Thile, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Lead Vocals - Sam Phillips, Composer - Eric Valentine, Percussion - Edgar Meyer, Bass - Matt Chamberlain, Percussion - Sara Watkins, Lead Vocals, Fiddle - Mark Schatz, Bass - Sean Watkins, Guitar, Lead Vocals - Nickel Creek, MainArtist

© 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2014 Nonesuch Records Inc.

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A Nickel Creek reunion was perhaps inevitable. Neither Sara Watkins nor Sean Watkins ceased performing together during their seven-year hiatus and while Chris Thile saw some success with the Punch Brothers, the pull of a 25th anniversary reunion was too strong to resist. To accompany a 2014 tour, the trio recorded the new album A Dotted Line, a record that adhered to the group's traditions so much they wound up whittling away most of their progressive leanings. Nickel Creek still has an ear for interesting covers -- here, they pick Mother Mother's "Hayloft" and Sam Phillips' "Where Is Love Now" -- but the instrumentation on this brief ten-song collection focuses on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. It's a far cry from the eclectic, electric adventures on Sara Watkins' solo records but the music feels alive and nimble and the originals -- which are primarily group collaborations, although Thile wrote the instrumental "Elsie" and Sean wrote the plaintive "21st of May" -- are uniformly solid. If there isn't much spark, there is a surplus of warmth; the trio is comfortable and relaxed, and it's hard not to succumb to such friendly, familiar vibes.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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