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Chris Thile - Thanks For Listening


posted by Dave on 13.12.17 21:23 in Music Reviews Print  

SCORE: 1.5 HUZZAH!*
On "Thanks For Listening", more than on any other project he has engaged in, we have Thile wearing his influences on his sleeve, and the result is his most consistent solo effort, and one that – for the most part, but not necessarily enough - side-steps his propensity of excessive technical showmanship. We can forgive that to an extent – he is an exceptionally talented musician – but such forgiveness only extends so far; sooner or later, the goods have to be produced. Does he do it? Well, sometimes …


Chris Thile's solo output has been an eclectic affair, his group work (with Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers) and side projects (with the likes of Mike Marshall, Bela Fleck, YoYo Ma and Brad Mehldau) equally so.

 

 

On "Thanks For Listening", more than on any other project he has engaged in, we have Thile wearing his influences on his sleeve, and the result is his most consistent solo effort, and one that – for the most part, but not necessarily enough - side-steps his propensity of excessive technical showmanship. We can forgive that to an extent – he is an exceptionally talented musician – but such forgiveness only extends so far; sooner or later, the goods have to be produced. Does he do it? Well, sometimes …

 

 

As a mandolinist, Thile is utterly astonishing. His technical prowess is almost entirely unmatched. You have to remember, a mandolin ...


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On rare occasions there may be a 0 Huzzah! review. The reasons will be explained in the article. On equally rare occasions you may even see a 4 Huzzah ... well explain that another time :)

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