Why Should The Fire Die?

Why Should The Fire Die?

by Nickel CreekNickel Creek


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Nickel Creek is a band that prides itself not on rising to the challenge but rather on redefining the challenge each time out. A theme burns through the trio's third album, Why Should the Fire Die? as nearly every tune addresses troubled relationships. Setting a fitting ambiance for some wrenching interior monologues that reflect on love gone awry, producers Eric Valentine and Tony Berg sculpt a dense soundscape rich with sonic buzzes, clicks, sighs, and bleeps that serve as an electronic Greek chorus signaling another romance shorting out. Chris Thile's writing continues to grow more cutting and more beautifully restrained -- check out the mating of craft and passion on the lilting, dirge-like "Jealous of the Moon" and the intricately layered "Can't Complain," with its twin finger-picked guitars and delicate harmonies giving way to a flurry of furious stringed dissonance that sets up Thile for a big finish in which his airy voice surges into a near-scream. Sean Watkins checks in memorably with "Somebody Like You," an angry, thumping kiss-off from someone who's been used and dumped, with vitriol to spare. His sister Sara offers her own take on love in "Anthony," which is winsome in a Kasey Chambers heartbreaker way and slightly bent in a Leonard Cohen kind of way. The vibrant instrumentals extend the theme, reflecting emotional turmoil ("Sugar & Chocolate"), elation (the countrified "Stumptown"), and resignation ("First and Last Waltz"). The payoff is in the album-closing title cut, a lovely folk-styled tune with gentle finger picking and breathy harmonies in which Thile sings wistfully of the elusiveness of lasting passion. Sounds like the setup for a sequel.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2005
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891399027
catalogNumber: 3990
Rank: 162256


  1. When in Rome
  2. Somebody More Like You
  3. Jealous of the Moon
  4. Scotch & Chocolate
  5. Can't Complain
  6. Tomorrow Is a Long Time
  7. Eveline
  8. Stumptown
  9. Anthony
  10. Best of Luck
  11. Doubting Thomas
  12. First and Last Waltz
  13. Helena
  14. Why Should the Fire Die?

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nickel Creek   Primary Artist
Mark Schatz   Bass,Foot Stomping,Group Member
Eric Valentine   Drums
Chris Thile   Banjo,Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Mandola,Foot Stomping,Guitar (Tenor),Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Sara Watkins   Fiddle,Vocals,Foot Stomping,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Sean Watkins   Bouzouki,Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Foot Stomping,Vocal Harmony,Guitar (Baritone),Group Member

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Tony Berg   Producer,Audio Production
Gary Louris   Composer
Eric Valentine   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Chris Thile   Composer
Sara Watkins   Composer
Sean Watkins   Composer

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