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Four years after their first project together, Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins reconvene for Fiction Family Reunion. Newly recruited bassist Tyler Chester and drummer Aaron Redfield help flesh out the combo’s sound, letting Foreman (Switchfoot’s frontman) and Watkins (Nickel Creek’s renowned former guitarist) fully realize their musical ideas. There’s plenty of stylistic experimentation here, ranging from rootsy folk rock and progressive bluegrass to semi-psychedelic excursions. “Just Rob Me” (a galloping country tune about an inept female bandit) and “Reality Calls” (a jazz/pop daydream complete with whistling) reflect the band’s whimsical side, while “Avalon” and “Fools’ Gold” suggest The Beatles and The Band. Lyrically, the songs are smart, wry, and compassionate, whether extolling love over religious dogma (“God Badge,” “Guilt”) or confessing inner weakness and torment (“Damaged,” ”Monster”). “Give Me Back My Girl” tosses in a mainstream indie rock element for good measure. The musicianship is impeccable throughout, with Watkins dishing out tasty guitar solos over layered harmonies and quirky sonic textures.

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Duh. It's Fantastic

Happened to get this a week before it acctually comes out from the site, but of course it's great! Jon and Sean. Qouality pristine. This makes you want to grab a guitar and drive to some mountain and play all day long.


I wasn't a big fan of their first album, but this is awesome! Fiction Family did it better this time.

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If only my family reunions were this good...
Sean, Jon, Tyler and Aaron have compiled an array of catchy tunes that made it worth the wait. My only gripe is that I wish it were longer. The bonus songs extend the album a bit but it only furthers my need for more. Loved the small electrical influences in God Badge and the eclectic arrangements in Avalon and Give Me Back My Girl. Looking forward to the next reunion.


Formed: Cardiff, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Fiction Family is the acoustic-oriented collaboration of Switchfoot's Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins. The duo took informal shape in 2005 under the name the Real SeanJon, a humorous moniker intended to irk Sean Jean Combs. Utilizing what little time they had between tours, the musicians began creating homemade recordings of their collaborative songs. Progress was slow, however, as Watkins devoted significant time to Nickel Creek's "Farewell (For Now)" tour and Foreman busied himself...
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