Though they're all three outstanding players (Sean made it to the finals at the National Flatpicking Championship when he was 16, and Thile recorded his first solo album, Leading Off, when he was 12), they never show it. Or, at least, they never show off, letting their considerable chops do the heavy lifting instead of adding another weight on top, burying the songs under look-at-me solos. As a result, songs such as the title track and "Young" and their take on Carrie Newcomer's "I Should've Known Better" sorta stick to the group's picking-and-grinning roots, but wouldn't sound out of place on CMT--not unlike the Dixie Chicks' new Home, on which Thile adds his mandolin. This Side isn't without a down side--minus "Young," the second half of the disc proves that sometimes a Nickel is just worth 5 cents--but for the most part, their old style and new sensibility come together comfortably. Much more so than, say, the way poor Ralph Stanley looked wearing a leather jacket on the cover of his latest album. That used to be the way to add modern touches to bluegrass discs. It's not anymore.