The Bottom Line
- Watch 'at Breakdown
- Dead Leaves on a Dirty Ground
- Wayside (Back in Time)
- You're an Angel, and I'm Gonna Cry
- Heart In a Cage
- Thile shines on his incredible instrumentals
- Fourteen outstanding songs, one after another
- Definitely an album not to miss
Guide Review - Chris Thile - How to Grow a Woman From the Ground
Considering his bandmate Sean Watkins' recent acousti-pop release, it's an interesting thing to hear Thile so firmly planted in the traditions of bluegrass music. On How to Grow a Woman From the Ground, Thile picks up that tradition and drags it through the gritty adventure of contemporary folk music.
Which isn't to say that there aren't plenty of moments of navel-gazing pop ballads played on bluegrass instruments (after all, he is a mandolin player). Three songs into the record, Thile trails in the first poppy tribute to heartbreak with "Stay Away." Later comes the heartbreaking "You're an Angel, and I'm Gonna Cry."
But the pop far from overstays its welcome, and the road quickly turns back to that fun-lovin' twang with another fantastic rendition of Milladoiro's "O Santo De Polvora" and it's supremely well-done neighbor, "Wayside (Back in Time)."
Thile is at his best on this record during the instrumental songs, but that's not to discount his incredible command of lyric writing and singing. As Nickel Creek side projects go, this record just may be the best solo effort so far.