Punch Brothers – album review

Punch Brothers
Who’s Feeling Young Now?

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If you are seeking to be thoroughly impressed by a new album this year, please look no further than the Punch Brothers’ newest release, Who’s Feeling Young Now. Fronted by lead singer Chris Thile (of Nickel Creek fame), the band is an amalgamation of the best string talent around. From the first track, “Movement and Location,” which takes off with freight train rhythmic velocity, to the unbelievably acoustic cover of Radiohead’s “Kid A,” they delight in showcasing their incredible talents. Unpredictable from one track to the next, the Punch Brothers refuse to be pegged into a specific genre. And their fans love them for it. Of course, there are echoes of the band’s bluegrass roots, notably in the harmonies between Chris Thile and fiddler Gabe Witcher on “No Concern of Yours” and the cover of “Flippen” by the Swedish group, Väsen. The sexy title track offers a more accessible sound to newcomers, but the majority of this record thankfully proves that these guys are still committed to doing whatever the hell they like in the studio. — Christina Walker Davidson

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