The Decemberists are far better than We All Raise Our Voices to the Air would lead the average listener to believe, and hopefully their next studio release and tour will prove it.
The John Paul Jones-produced album, Watkins’ first as a solo artist, doesn’t lack in any area; instead, it soars with the star power that surrounds every note. Besides the aforementioned Jones, Watkins has help from Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas, to name just a few. After a couple listens, it will be evident that, although you might still wish for Nickel Creek to reform someday, you’ll also realize you have something sparkling and special in Sara Watkins all by herself.
Nickel Creek held true to their bluegrass roots throughout their two hour performance at the Pageant, covering and conquering the likes of Nirvana, Carrie Newcomer, Beck and Gillian Welch, while also cruising through traditional folk and country instrumentals within their growing catalog of original material.