Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:28 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Rock,Blues
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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss won 5 Grammy Awards for their album Raising Sand:
RECORD OF THE YEAR – “Please Read The Letter”
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Raising Sand
BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS –
BEST COUNTRY COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS –
“Killing The Blues”
BEST CONTEMPORARY FOLK/AMERICANA ALBUM – Raising Sand
Produced by 10-time Grammy Award winner T Bone Burnett.
Raising Sand is proof that even with such dynamite raw material sometimes things really do add up to far more than the sum of their parts. Superb, in every way… – BBC
The musical collaboration of the decade, Raising Sand is the sound of two iconic figures stepping out of their respective comfort zones and letting their instincts lead them across a brave new sonic landscape. Despite hailing from distinctly different backgrounds, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant share a maverick spirit and willingness to extend the boundaries of their respective genres. This spirit, expertly honed by producer T Bone Burnett, has resulted in an album pitched three steps beyond some cosmic collision of early urban blues, spacious West Texas country, and the untapped potential of the folk-rock revolution.
Supported by the unparalleled musicianship of Marc Ribot, Dennis Crouch, Mike Seeger, Jay Bellerose, Norman Blake, Greg Leisz, Patrick Warren, and Riley Baugus, Plant and Krauss — as both solo and harmony vocalists — tackle an intriguing selection of songs from such tunesmiths as Tom Waits, Gene Clark, Sam Phillips, Townes Van Zandt, The Everly Broth! ers, and Mel Tillis. Raising Sand finds Robert Plant and Alison Krauss exploring popular music’s elemental roots while still sounding effortlessly, breath-takingly contemporary.
What seems to be an unlikely pairing of former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss is actually one of the most effortless-sounding duos in modern popular music. The bridge seems to be producer T-Bone Burnett and the band assembled for this outing: drummer Jay Bellerose (who seems to be the session drummer in demand these days), upright bassist Dennis Crouch, guitarists Marc Ribot and Burnett, with Greg Leisz playing steel here and there, and a number of other guest appearances. Krauss, a monster fiddle player, only does so on two songs here. The proceedings are, predictably, very laid-back. Burnett has only known one speed these last ten years, and so the material chosen by the three is mostly very subdued. This doesn’t make it boring, despite Burnett’s production, which has become utterly predictable since he started working with Gillian Welch. He has a “sound” in the same way Daniel Lanois does: it’s edges are all rounded, everything is very warm, and it all sounds artificially dated. Sam Phillips’ “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us” is a centerpiece on this set. It has her fingerprints all over it. This tune, with its forlorn, percussion-heavy tarantella backdrop, might have come from a Tom Waits record were it not so intricately melodic — and Krauss’ gypsy swing fiddle is a gorgeous touch. There is an emptiness at the heart of longing particularly suited to Krauss’ woodsy voice, and Plant’s harmony vocal is perfect, understated yet ever-present. It’s the most organically atmospheric tune on the set — not in terms of production, but for lyric and compositional content. Stellar.
01 – Rich Woman
02 – Killing The Blues
03 – Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us
04 – Polly Come Home
05 – Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)
06 – Through The Morning, Through The Night
07 – Please Read The Letter
08 – Trampled Rose
09 – Fortune Teller
10 – Stick With Me Baby
11 – Nothin’
12 – Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson
13 – Your Long Journey
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