Sound — 10
Nickel Creek shows here that they can vary up their sound, but that they don't push it too far. They are able to experiment with some new things without going outside of the sound that makes them great in the first place. Chris Thile's voice is one of the best in music, and his mandolin expertise has always been recognized. The instrumental tracks "Scotch & Chocolate" and "Stumptown" are the best displays of Nickel Creek's great sound on the record, but their interpretation of Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" is also a proof that these guys can really compose.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are very strong on many of the tracks. "When In Rome" has very interesting lyrics, with one of the highlight lines being, "Where can a teacher go/places where she thinks people needs the thing she knows." A couple of the tracks don't have lyrics, and they didn't write the lyrics to "Tomorrow Is A Long Time," but the writing on songs like "Doubting Thomas" and "Can't Complain" is very strong.
Overall Impression — 10
Both the male and female vocals are tremendous, they truly are both great singers. The interpretation of Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" is one of the best Dylan covers out there, a truly unique take and a beautifully sung version. The mandolin, violin, and acoustic guitar mesh very well, and each musician handles their instruments very nicely. This album is one of the top ten albums of the year, and a must buy for any old fans of Nickel Creek or anybody who hasn't begun listening to them. Top tracks: Tomorrow Is A Long Time, Scotch & Chocolate, When In Rome.