Alison Krauss has a habit of making fantastic albums. I once read a review somewhere that said 'she could sing the phone book and it would sound beautiful.' Despite this ability to sing anything well, Alison's choice of songs is always of the highest standard.
This album is a compilation of tracks, previously released for movie soundtracks and where she has featured on other artists albums. Fans will find it is similar to her mid nineties release 'Now That I Found You.'
Tracks include songs from movies such as 'O' Brother,' 'Cold Mountain,' and 'Prince of Egypt,' all of which I was aware she has recorded.
Then there is a whole heap of tracks that I was unaware she had recorded, including a superb duet with John Waite covering the song 'Missing You.' A pop standard that proves the phone book theory.
For me though the stand out tracks are Alison's interpretation of a Don Williams classic I'm Just A Country Boy, where Alison changes the perspective to You're just a... Like Lyle Lovett's interpretation of the Tammy Wynette classic 'Stand By Your Man,' it works really well. My other favourite has to be yet another Don Williams classic (both originally sung and wrote by the man) 'Lay Down Beside Me,' where she duets again with John Waite. Their voice working so well together.
This is a solid album full of strong tracks that even as a compilation outshines many new releases today.
An absolute essential for any Alison Krauss fan and a recommended for any one who wants to be.