Raising Sand (Bonus Track Version)
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While Robert Plant established his reputation as the hard rock singer of the 1970s with his banshee shriek, he has not tried to emulate that trademark in his solo career. His affection for roots music was evidenced back in the ‘80s with the Honeydrippers and it continues in 2007 on this collaboration with bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss. Together, with producer T Bone Burnett applying a restrained, tasteful patina, they explore a variety of roots styles, from the swamp blues of the opener, “Rich Woman,” the pedal-steel fueled sorrow of “Killing the Blues” and quiet county desperation of Gene Clark’s “Polly Come Home” to the lonesome despair of Townes Van Zandt’s “Nothin’.” The small band maintains an intimate room sound and a solid cohesion no matter which style they approach. (It’s an all-star cast with guitarist Marc Ribot, pedal steel extraordinaire Greg Leisz among the faithful.) Krauss steps out with several fiddle spotlights, but the vocals are a shared experience. Along with first-rate songs from Tom Waits and the Everly Brothers, the album is a welcome surprise.
An excellent album
This an excellent collaboration of two contrasting styles & backgrounds. Their voices blend perfectly & the understated production by T Bone Burnett is first class. The single Gone Gone Gone an old Everly Brothers song is I guess the most immediate & catchy song but my personal favorite is 'Please Read the Letter' last done by Plant with Jimmy Page on the Clarksdale album but this version has a totally different feel. May not be for all Led Zep fans but I think this will prove to be one of the albums of the year.I
A Blended Mix Of Heaven
The combination of Robert Plant, one of rocks greatest vocalists and the angelic country voice of Alison Krauss had to be a winning combination. And it is. This album is beautiful. The songs, which are well written and produced, will make your heart soar as the vocals of these two great singers entine and flatter each other. An album that will stand the test of time.
Plant's gruff rock n' roll vocals blend perfectly with krauss'. Listening to this really sends you into another world. Buy it, listen to it over and over - this is great music, and I don't use the term lightly.
Born: 23 July 1971 in Decatur, IL
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s