I've owned this album since the year it came out, but never left a comment :P Whoops.
I feel like this shouldn't be classified as a "country" album, because not all the songs are country-sounding. "Gone, Gone, Gone" for instance is very old-school rock n' roll, and "Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us" and "Trampled Rose" are very folk-esque. I'm not a huge country music fan, and I had never heard of Alison Krauss before this album came out, but I love it. They really seem in tune with each other.
Two of the greatest vocalists of our time power-teaming to create a collection of 13 amazing songs. The whole album is mellowed out and downtempo, so if you like that sort of thing you'll probably love this. I'm a fan of Portishead, and although this album is totally different, I find myself liking it for the same reasons.
Agree it's not everyone's cup o' tea, part of the problem being a the presence of perhaps two too many sombre, extremely slow-tempo tunes. Nevertheless, the musicianship and production values are top-notch and Alison Kraus has a wonderful voice -- she's the real deal. My favourites would be "Let Your Love Be Your Loss", an up-tempo rocker with great vocals by Krauss and a hard-driving, propulsive guitar break; and Killing the Blues, a simple tune that could have been made maudlin by a lesser singer, but rendered achingly beautiful and sad by Krauss (her voice is angelic on this tune) and Plant.
It may not be for everyone. Some people's definition of boring are the same as other's definition of mellow. I thought it was very haunting, in a good way. Especially Trampled Rose.
Worth a try, if you're curious.
This CD/Album is way over-rated... If you're in a sombre mood already - don't go here... This is guaranteed to put you in even deeper!
It does have the 2009 Song of the Year Grammy Award Winner: "Please Read the Letter".
But if you want to hear it sung - real Delta Blues-style... check out the original song written and performed by Robert Plant and his Led Zeppelin partner, Jimmy Page, for their collaborative album: "Walking into Clarksdale" (1998)!
Not-with-standing what Grammy thinks: I found the Plant/Alison Krauss version tedious - and the rest of this album - tame, lame, and boring!
Click on videos to see Alison Kraus & Robert Plant
Songs 11, 12, and 13 do not play on some CD-ROMs.
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