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Studio album by Chris Thile
Released 2004
Genre Bluegrass music
Label Sugar Hill Records
Producer Chris Thile
Chris Thile albums
Not All Who Wander Are Lost
How to Grow a Woman from the Ground

Deceiver is the fourth album by American musician Chris Thile, which was released in 2004. The album uses thirty-nine different instruments, which were all played by Thile alone. Some of the instruments played on the album include mandolin, piano, bass guitar, electric guitar, violin, and different types of percussion instruments. In 2005, the album was nominated a Grammy Award, for "Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical" to Deceiver's engineers, Thile and Gary Paczosa.

Musical style[change | change source]

In an interview from 2007, Chris Thile described what he had in plan for Deceiver:

"I had to get that record out of my system I think. I really love pop music. I really love well made pop music. I needed to try making a pop record before I could move on and do what I really think I actually should be doing. That [last record] was like exploring pop music, not as an influence of mine, but as the desired result. Sometimes it works, but that ultimately I’m just not a pop musician. I love [pop music]; I think it’s a very noble calling. But it’s not my calling. And that’s kinda how I feel about that record. I feel like I hit the nail on the head about maybe two or three out of ten. Which is not a high enough percentage. That being said, I’m proud of that record because I think it helped me get that out of my system. I also like the control thing. I realized I don’t want that much control. That’s just too much control for any one musician to have. And it’s not necessarily conducive to the best music making."[1]

Track listing[change | change source]

  1. "Wrong Idea" - 2:37
  2. "On Ice" - 3:52
  3. "Locking Doors" - 2:44
  4. "Waltz For Dewayne Pomeroy" - 3:03
  5. "Empire Falls" - 2:58
  6. "I'm Nowhere and You're Everything" - 5:54
  7. "Jessamyn's Reel" - 1:54
  8. "The Believer" - 2:35
  9. "This Is All Real" - 3:27
  10. "Ready For Anything" - 5:15

All songs on Deceiver were written by Chris Thile.

Personnel[change | change source]

  • Chris Thile - Music, Arranger, Producer, Art Direction, Design
  • Gary Paczosa - Producer, Engineer
  • Wendy Stamberger - Art Direction

References[change | change source]

  1. After Nickel Creek, Thile Continues to Grow. Cornell Daily Sun. Retrieved November 2, 2007