Why Should the Fire Die? If O Brother, Where Art Thou? cracked open the door to bluegrass' past for a new generation, Nickel Creek are bent on giving it a… Why Should the Fire Die? If O Brother, Where Art Thou? cracked open the door to bluegrass' past for a new generation, Nickel Creek are bent on giving it a… 2005-08-09 Nickel Creek Country
Music Review

Why Should the Fire Die? (2005)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 09, 2005; Lead Performance: Nickel Creek; Genre: Country

If O Brother, Where Art Thou? cracked open the door to bluegrass' past for a new generation, Nickel Creek are bent on giving it a future with Why Should the Fire Die?. Boasting instrumental chops and three-part harmonies worthy of a mountain-soul string band, this coed trio is steeped in tradition. But their third album also flirts with pop immediacy. ''Helena'' fine-tunes their strengths, as acoustic delicacy gives way to a sublime fiddle solo, then builds to a furious punctuation point.

Originally posted Aug 12, 2005 Published in issue #834-835 Aug 19, 2005 Order article reprints
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