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Deceiver is the fourth solo album by mandolinist Chris Thile, released in . It features a total of 39 instruments, all played by Thile himself. The instruments played on the album include the mandolin, mandola, bass guitar, electric guitar, violin, and various percussion instruments. In , the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Musical Style

In a interview, Chris Thile discussed what he musically envisioned for Deceiver:

I had to get that record out of my system I think. I really love music. I really love well made pop music. I needed to try making a pop record before I could move on and do what I really think I actually should be doing. That was like exploring pop music, not as an influence of mine, but as the desired result. Sometimes it works, but that ultimately I’m just not a pop musician. I love ; I think it’s a very noble calling. But it’s not my calling. And that’s kinda how I feel about that record. I feel like I hit the nail on the head about maybe two or three out of ten. Which is not a high enough percentage. That being said, I’m proud of that record because I think it helped me get that out of my system. I also like the control thing. I realized I don’t want that much control. That’s just too much control for any one musician to have. And it’s not necessarily conducive to the best music making.

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