Although Alison Krauss found mainstream success with the
platinum selling compilation Now That I've Found You, for
nearly a decade Krauss was relatively unknown outside the bluegrass
circuit. However, after the release of the film O Brother,
Where Art Thou?, Krauss found astounding crossover approval.
Striking while the iron was hot she and Union Station released
New Favorite. Unlike their previous recordings, the disc
was a clever mix of traditional mountain music alongside contemporary
country which was more user friendly and accessible. After touring
nonstop for just under four years on the strength of the award
winning album, Alison Krauss and Union Station unveil their long
awaited follow-up, Lonely Runs Both Ways.
The act doesn't stray from their proven formula, as this record
possesses the same candy-coated-shell love songs adjacent to Bill
Monroe-esque bluegrass. In the same way past projects have
gently touched upon her relationship tribulations with Krauss's
angelic vocals escorted by a crisp acoustic accompaniment, tracks
such as "Restless", "Goodbye Is All We Have"
and "Wouldn't Be So Bad" are compassionate and genuine.
Guitarist/vocalist Dan Tyminski offers up a plateful of
his signature dust bowl bluegrass with "Rain Please Go Away",
"Pastures Of Plenty", and "This Sad Song".
Naturally, the collection includes a traditional instrumental
- with plentiful solos by everyone in the band - with "Unionhouse
Branch". Krauss wears her red state color like a badge of
honor with an ode to the Lord on "Living Prayer" to
close things out.
While it would be almost impossible to follow up such a successful
album as New Favorite, Alison Krauss and Union Station
deliver a worthy successor with Lonely Runs Both Ways.
3. Rain Please Go Away
4. Goodbye Is All We Have
5. Unionhouse Branch
6. Wouldn't Be So Bad
7. Pastures Of Plenty
8. Crazy As Me
10. Poor Old Heart
11. This Sad Song
12. Doesn't Have To Be This Way
13. I Don't Have To Live This Way
14. If I Didn't Know Any Better
15. A Living Prayer
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