Nickel Creek Pans Out Gold

Nickel Creek's debut CD overflows its banks with youthful exuberance, seasoned picking and wisdom at once naive and knowing. Aided by Alison Krauss' impeccable production, the quartet establishes its bluegrass mastery on the opening "Ode to a Butterfly" then shows its range of influences, both musical and literary, on the musical setting to Robert Burns' "Sweet Afton" and on the bouzouki-powered instrumental "Robin and Marian."