The Bottom Line
- "Hello ... Goodbye"
- "Summer's Coming"
- "Not That Bad/Blinders On"
- The secret hidden track after "Whipping Boy"
- If you're looking for Nickel Creek's bluegrassier side, you won't find it here
- Sean Watkins makes his third solo effort
- A great list of songs with not one out of place
- Honest, quiet, and introspective
Guide Review - Sean Watkins - Blinders On
But on his third solo effort, Blinders On, Watkins takes an even clearer departure from his background and the work he does with Nickel Creek.
Although his sister Sara (and her fiddle) does make a rather notable appearance on the record, it is Sean's songs that are the stars here, tackling mostly relationships with a cool pop sensibility. He is still clearly experimenting with instrumentation, but that manages to remain complimentary to his easy, lovely melodies on this record.
Highlights include the appropriately brief "Hello ... Goodbye," which is quite possibly the biggest heart-wrencher on the record. After the CD ends, there is a secret track featuring a cello being played like an appalachian fiddle. Like the rest of the record, quite impressive stuff.