There are very few electric instruments and even fewer drums on this collaborative effort by Nickel Creek singer-guitarist Sean Watkins and Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman. What there’s lots of are acoustic guitars, mandolins and pensive songs about love (“When She’s Near”), life (“We Ride”) and lost love (almost everything else). Although acoustic, this doesn’t qualify as folk, but as acoustic rock, mixing the ballad style of Foreman’s band with the intimacy of Nickel Creek’s approach. Highlights: The jaunty closer “Look for Me, Baby” and the echoic, haunting “Throw It Away.” With Nickel Creek on (permanent?) hiatus, fans of that band should take heart hearing fiddler Sara Watkins (Sean’s sister) embellish a few tunes.
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