This Side

This Side is the Grammy-winning fourth album by the progressive bluegrass band Nickel Creek, released on Sugar Hill in the summer of 2002. It gained attention in indie rock circles due to the group’s recording of a Pavement song, “Spit on a Stranger“. Alison Krauss acted as a producer for the album.

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2002 studio album by Nickel Creek
This Side
Studio album by

Released August 13, 2002
Genre Progressive bluegrass
Length 49:58
Label Sugar Hill
Producer Alison Krauss
Nickel Creek chronology
Nickel Creek
This Side
Why Should the Fire Die?
Singles from This Side
  1. This Side
  2. “Speak”
  3. “Smoothie Song”
Alternative cover

Japanese cover

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Billboard (positive)[2]
The Phantom Tollbooth [3]
PopMatters (mixed)[4]

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No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Smoothie Song” Chris Thile 3:20
2. Spit on a Stranger Stephen Malkmus 2:34
3. “Speak” Sean Watkins 4:01
4. “Hanging by a Thread” Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick 4:06
5. “I Should’ve Known Better” Carrie Newcomer 4:27
6. This Side Sean Watkins 3:33
7. “Green and Gray” Chris Thile 3:36
8. “Seven Wonders” Sean Watkins, David Puckett 4:10
9. “House Carpenter” Traditional; version of “The Daemon Lover 5:30
10. “Beauty and the Mess” Chris Thile, Luke Bulla 2:52
11. “Sabra Girl” Andy Irvine 4:04
12. “Young” Chris Thile 3:29
13. “Brand New Sidewalk” Chris Thile 4:16
Total length: 49:58
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. “Smoothie Song” Chris Thile 3:20
Total length: 53:18

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