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Classic Album Review: Alison Krauss + Union Station | New Favorite

The newgrass leaders’ eighth set is their slickest, most commercial affair to date.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Alison Krauss and her long-serving band Union Station deserve as much credit for the recent bluegrass revival as anyone.

Between them, various members have appeared on everything from Dolly Parton’s recent homespun efforts to the massively popular O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack (guitarist Dan Tyminski provided George Clooney’s singing voice on Man of Constant Sorrow). How curious, then, that these newgrass leaders’ eighth album is perhaps their slickest, most commercial affair to date, with the band enhancing its traditional approach with glossy production and saccharine ballads. Although the band never really cut loose on a decent breakdown, the handful of banjo-and-dobro-driven tunes that Tyminski sings provide some lift, only to be dragged down repeatedly by Krauss’s sappy weepers. New favorite? Not quite.