Sunday, October 21, 2007

Rock God and Country Elite?

"Raising Sand," a duet album by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, is a collection of mostly sad songs.

The album is really a three-way collaboration by an improbable alliance: Mr. Plant, forever known as the lead singer of Led Zeppelin; Ms. Krauss, whose clear voice and deft fiddle style hail from Appalachia; and the producer and guitarist T Bone Burnett, the Texan who is best known for concocting haunted, pensively anachronistic Americana. The album is due October 23rd.

I've heard about this collaboration for awhile, but I still find it hard to wrap my head around it. Such an odd combination, but it's done regularly in the music business and now I can't wait to hear it. Living in Appalachia most of my life I know that Alison Krauss is one flatout singing goddess and one of the most respected talents around. A real singer's singer and as I said in the title, she's country elite. What do you think?

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By: Jon Pareles | Photo: Christopher Berkey for The New York Times

4 comments:

Julie Wed Oct 24, 01:02:00 AM EDT  

Saw a YouTube interview with the two of them a little while ago, talking about this album. Poor Robert's not looking so sexgodish anymore.

Deb Fri Oct 26, 07:34:00 PM EDT  

I've been looking forward to this one since I first heard about it. We saw Alison Krauss and Union Station at the Sommet Center in Nashville in August. She's amazing. I think Mr. Plant is a very lucky man ;~)

michelle Sun Oct 28, 12:50:00 AM EDT  

I love them both. "Please read the letter," is the song that has me hooked!

Sujaco Sun Oct 28, 11:44:00 AM EDT  

Oh, Julie. Robert is still very much "sponge-worthy" as the saying goes. heh heh

Deb: Cool. You've seen her very recently then. Such a powerful voice. A real class act.

Michelle: "Please Read The Letter" is probably my favorite one, too.

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