Nickel Creek: Why Should the Fire Die?

Nickel_creek_1_1Nickel Creek is brilliant.  Seriously. 

Nickel_creek_cdI have their first two CD's, which are fantastic.  Three years later they finally put out number 3, and I think it's their best.  These guys no longer fit clearly in a musical style, as if they ever really did.  The closest is bluegrass, but it doesn't take long to realize they blast any "country" or "bluegrass" stereotypes out of the water.  In my iTunes I classify them as "alternative bluegrass," and that's the best I can do.

Paste Magazine has a good article on them.  CMT has the Nickel Creek Studio 330 Sessions, which means they have four video clip interviews with the band and four live songs performed.  Fantastic introduction to Nickel Creek.

"When in Rome" is their first single.  Very good song.

Where can a dead man go
The question with an answer only dead men know
But I'm gonna bet they never really feel at home
If they spent a lifetime learning
How to live in Rome

"Jealous of the Moon" is by far my favorite.

Why don't you call me, I could save you
Together we'll find a God we can pray to
That'll take you by the hand

I hate to see a friend of mine
Laughing out loud
When she's crying inside
But you've got your pride

Starin' down the stars
Jealous of the moon
You wish you could fly
But you're stayin' where you are
There's nothin' you can do
If you're too scared to try