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  • Summary: Switchfoot's Jon Foreman and Nickle Creek's Sean Watkins release their debut together as Fiction Family.
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  1. As Fiction Family, the two San Diego musicians find plenty of sonic common ground and, most important, a dozen richly crafted and intriguingly rendered songs.
  2. Since both Switchfoot and Nickel Creek were touring during this record’s gestation, Foreman and Watkins wrote songs individually and passed them back and forth in parts. They make a pretty solid team as-is, and if their approach to songwriting were more unified, their sound probably would be too.
  3. Whether Fiction Family moves forward or remains just a one-off side project, most of the chances that Watkins and Foreman have taken for this record pay off, making for a project that is sure to appeal to their existing fanbases and which stands on its own merits.
  4. Fiction Family is slightly sprawling as a result, having been compiled over a number of years, but the track list takes strength in diversity as it alternates between sprightly duets and slow, Elliott Smith-styled melancholia.
  5. It’s like they’re writing about love solely because thoughtful, sensitive songwriters are supposed to write about it.
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  1. Feb 7, 2012
    A random interview on NPR's Fresh Air introduced me to the should-be-famous band Fiction Family. A super-team of independently successful musicians, Fiction Family consists of John Foreman of Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek. The guitar duo blends bluegrassy country with edgy acoustic rock, mixing avant-garde electronica into a neo-folk style. The end result is familiar sounding melodies with surprising detours along the way. After a couple listenings, I found the CD (yes, I own a hard copy of the album) was the perfect background music to any task. Check out the website here: Expand