The Blind Leaving The Blind: First Movement - Punch Brothers (2008)
No other album released in the last 5 years ( Besides Decemberists' releases) has excited me more than Punch. Named after a fantastic Mark Twain short story, this is bluegrass in instrumentation only. It is jazz, it is pop, it is cathartic cocktail hour music for intelligent listeners. If you haven't heard this disc, I can't tell you a better place to start than this first section of the four piece Blind saga. Capturing the feelings of Thile's recent divorce with simply staggering dexterity from its players, the thirteen minutes it takes to hear it fly by in a noxious breeze of tonality and skill. Unless you've only been reading this blog as an act of kindness, I truly believe this will leave you wanting more. Thankfully, it seems the restless spirit that is Chris Thile seems happy with his new band of brothers, as last year's equally engaging Antifogmatic can attest to.
Don't forget to check out the group's first disc, back when they were known only as The How To Grow A Band!