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Coming after the high-profile success of Raising Sand, Krauss’ collaboration with Robert Plant, Paper Airplane reunites Krauss with her old band Union Station for tunes that are often somber either in tone or in theme. Robert Lee Castleman’s country ballad, “Paper Airplane”, opens the album and sets the tone. Peter Rowan’s “Dust Bowl Children,” with Dan Tyminki on vocals, works on the uptick and “Lie Awake” keeps an easeful lope, but the tension is beginning to build as Krauss’ vocals indicate an emerging desperation. Richard and Linda Thompson’s “Dimming of the Day” retains its forlorn cadences. Jeremy Lister’s “Sinking Stone” and Jackson Browne’s “My Opening Farewell” offer the perfect pathos for Krauss to bring forth a worldview that has many unanswered questions. However, Union Station bring their expert musicianship and lift the tragedy of Sidney Cox’s “Bonita and Bill Butler” with passionate, precise banjo, the kind that has always brought great relief to bluegrass bands the world over.

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Lewis philips

Why do people say "don't buy that, buy this!". I myself love to recommend music to my friends but would never suggest that their music taste had any less worth than mine. True it can be said that some artists have more musical weight than others and have influenced many but to state only one or two of that genre is worthy of listening to is ridiculous. We can study music, tear it apart, take great pride in our knowledge of harmony and structure, discuss the choice of mode played over a chord sequence and marvel over the virtuoso executing it but is that really why we listen? Music is something to be cherished, it should stir an emotion within. It may not always have the same effect on everyone but that's not to say that it has no worth.

Done it again

Yet again Alison Krauss & Union Station deliver the goods. I nice mix of traditional style bluegrass and the more accessible ballads that this act always pulls of so excellently.


Worth the wait - this album is on heavy rotation. Excellent songwriting, singing and performances all round. Thank you Alison Krauss and Union Station.


Formed: 1984 in Decatur, IL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Alison Krauss, along with her band the Union Station, helped bring bluegrass to a new audience in the '90s. Blending bluegrass with folk, Krauss was instantly acclaimed from the start of her career, but it wasn't until her platinum-selling 1995 compilation Now That I've Found You that she became a mainstream star. Between her 1987 debut Too Late to Cry and Now That I've Found You, she matured from a child prodigy to a versatile, ambitious, and diverse musician and, in the process, made some of the...
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