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Chris Thile: 'Thanks for Listening'

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Monday December 11, 2017

From The Irish Times

Chris Thile: Thanks for Listening – Soaring Melodies and Whip-Smart Lyrics
By: Joe Breen

As befits a Renaissance man, the mandolinist supreme Chris Thile could never be described as risk averse. And so these spirited, thoughtful, sunny and imaginative tunes address the challenging theme of listening.

In everything he does, solo or in bands like the Punch Brothers, Thile practises a form of eclectic high pop, whether performing bluegrass, Bach or The Beach Boys, always stretching – even at risk of being too artful – and always engaging the audience. He also has a wonderfully quirky pop sensibility, sending his high-pitched voice into soaring cross-genre melodies, and a neat line in whip-smart lyrics.

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