Punch (album)

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Not to be confused with Punches (album).
Studio album by Punch Brothers
Released February 26, 2008
Recorded 2007
Genre Progressive bluegrass
Label Nonesuch Records
Producer Steven Epstein
Punch Brothers chronology
How to Grow a Woman from the Ground
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Burlington Free Press (feature)[2]
CanadaEast (positive)[3]
Chicago Tribune (feature)[4]
Daily Gazette (feature)[5]
Denver Westword (mixed)[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]
Time Out New York 4/5 stars[8]

Punch is the debut album by Punch Brothers. It was released by Nonesuch Records on February 26, 2008.

The centerpiece of the album is mandolinist Chris Thile's ambitious four movement suite, "The Blind Leaving the Blind." Thile says the piece was written in part to deal with his divorce of 2004. It was composed over the course of a year and a half using Finale composition software. About 30% of the composition involves some improvisation, "like a jazz lead sheet or a written out fiddle tune." Chris Thile has said that his goal was "to fuse the formal disciplines of jazz or classical composition with the vibrancy of bluegrass or folk music song writing."[9] The remainder of the album was co-written by the entire band.[10]

This album, like the group's previous effort How to Grow a Woman from the Ground, was recorded live, with only minimal use of multi-track.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Punch Bowl" (Punch Brothers) 3:34
2. "The Blind Leaving the Blind: First Movement" (Chris Thile) 12:13
3. "The Blind Leaving the Blind: Second Movement" (Thile) 9:21
4. "The Blind Leaving the Blind: Third Movement" (Thile) 11:58
5. "The Blind Leaving the Blind: Fourth Movement" (Thile) 8:38
6. "Sometimes" (Punch Brothers) 4:45
7. "Nothing, Then" (Punch Brothers) 3:02
8. "It’ll Happen" (Punch Brothers) 3:06



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