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|Alison Krauss and Union Station|
Lonely Runs Both Ways
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
GRAMMY WINNER FOR BEST COUNTRY ALBUM, BEST COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP, AND BEST COUNTRY INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE. Lonely Runs Both Ways is the highly anticipated new studio album from the world?s finest purveyo... more »
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GRAMMY WINNER FOR BEST COUNTRY ALBUM, BEST COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP, AND BEST COUNTRY INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE. Lonely Runs Both Ways is the highly anticipated new studio album from the world?s finest purveyors of Bluegrass, Alison Krauss and Union Station. Featuring instant classics such as "Wouldn?t Be So Bad," "Goodbye Is All We Have," and the lead single, "Restless," Lonely Runs Both Ways is another unforgettable collection of songs from this multiple Grammy-winning act.
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Pam M. from MANCHESTER, CT
Reviewed on 2/6/2011...
This is an outstanding album, enough said :).
Another great effort from Alison and the Station
James E. Bagley | Sanatoga, PA USA | 02/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At age 33, Alison Krauss has more Grammies - 17 - than any other woman performer (even Aretha Franklin), while her previous studio CD, 2001's New Favorite, is approaching platinum sales levels. These are especially impressive feats considering how true bluegrass lingers far from mainstream country and pop, and how steadfast Krauss's dedication to bluegrass has been.
With her ace band Union Station, Krauss's forte has been a surprising but effective combination of crackling neotrad country and quiet pop. On Lonely Runs Both Ways, she again turns repeatedly to Robert Lee Castleman's intelligent writing along with a Gillian Welch/David Rawlings composition they themselves haven't recorded ("Wouldn't Be So Bad").
Woody Guthrie's "Pastures Of Plenty" gets a brooding interpretation from Union Station's deep-voiced guitarist Dan Tyminski (who sang George Clooney's numbers in O Brother, Where Art Thou?). Tyminski and hard-driving banjoist Ron Block's occasional lead vocals give the CD balance and weight, bringing it back down to earth after Krauss's cerebral singing.
Krauss, who began her recording career as a teen-aged fiddle prodigy, here gives her bowing dark, primeval tones in contrast to her light-as-a-feather vocals. Jerry Douglas plays dobro as imaginatively as ever as Krauss and Union Station transport serious bluegrass into the present without removing it from its past.
Buy this for "A Living Prayer"
Rick Cornell | Reno, Nv USA | 02/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Greetings, bluegrass fans. I'm not among you. This is my 84th review for Ammy, and the first of a bluegrass, folk or country album. I review albums of singers, and generally, that's jazz singers. In fact, of the prior 83, 80 are of jazz singers, while three are of pop singers (Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones and Kate Bush).
My attention to this album was drawn by "Down Beat", the Bible of jazz. They gave a good rating to this, and one critic there gave it 5 stars. "Down Beat" rarely gives 5 stars to singers, so I knew I had to check it out.
I'm glad I did. Alison Krauss has a beautiful, pure voice. Her voice reminds me of Sinead O'Connor (pop) or Luciana Souza or Tierney Sutton (jazz)--one of those strong voices that doesn't strain, crack or pop no matter where she is in either of her second soprano ranges. The Union Station gives her solid backup support throughout.
Through the first 14 cuts, I was on the fence as to whether to give this 4 or 5 stars, which was tempered by the fact that my knowledge of bluegrass isn't anywhere near as complete as it is of jazz. Then I got to the last cut, "A Living Prayer", done by Ms. Krauss alone on guitar. Wow! This is one of the most spiritual songs done in recent years in any genre. It is a "pull your car over to the side of the road and listen to this now!" type of song. To say the least, it is worth the price of the album, and makes it one highly recommended. RC"