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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REVIEWS CDs - Joe Breen

NICKEL CREEK Rea­sons Why (The Very Best) Sugar Hill Blue­grass can some­times feel the most in­tro­spec­tive of mu­sic, a self-ref­er­en­tial se­ries of tunes, rhythms and emo­tions that re­fuses to look be­yond its own world for in­spi­ra­tion. Step for­ward Nickel Creek. This south­ern Cal­i­for­nia three-piece of sib­lings Sean and Sara Watkins and Chris Thile has hap­pily pushed the mu­sic’s bound­aries through their three Sugar Hill al­bums, with rock and jazz in­flu­ences flavour­ing the tra­di­tional, es­pe­cially on orig­i­nal songs such as When in Rome. And now, for any­body who has missed the jour­ney, this is a fas­ci­nat­ing com­pi­la­tion of risk-tak­ing mu­sic as the band opt for a time-out fol­low­ing their world tour next year. Both Thile and Sean Watkins have recorded solo al­bums, and Thile in par­tic­u­lar seems set fair for an in­ter­est­ing solo ca­reer. This com­pi­la­ton fea­tures 14 tracks with a sec­ond disc fea­tur­ing seven videos. www.nickelcreek.com

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