Here are 16 tracks highlighting Alison Krauss' career outside of her traditional releases with long time band Union Station. The album features Krauss' collaboration with John Waite on the single, "Missing You". Billboard Magazine writes of the song, "
vet Alison Krauss adds a newfound tenderness to the ironic lyric 'I ain't missing you at all/No matter what I say.' Her vulnerable vocals, as ever, add ache to the familiar track
" This album also features Krauss' contributions to film soundtracks including the Oscar® nominated songs, "The Scarlet Tide" and "You Will Be My Ain True Love", written for the motion picture Cold Mountain and "Down To The River To Pray" from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Known for her collaborations, Krauss also includes several duets in the collection such as the 2003 hit with Brad Paisley, "Whiskey Lullaby" and her duet with James Taylor for the tribute album to The Louvin Brothers, "How's the World Treating You". The collection also debuts five new songs, all of which feature Krauss as a producer. Tracks: You're Just A Country Boy (previously unreleased) / Simple Love (previously unreleased) / Jacob's Dream (previously unreleased) / Away Down The River (previously unreleased) / Sawing On The Strings (from the 2004 CMT Flame Worthy Awards show) / Down To The River To Pray (from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack) / Baby Mine (from The Best of Country Sing the Best of Disney) / Molly Ban (from The Chieftains Down The Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions) / How's The World Treating You (duet with James Taylor from Livin, Lovin, Losin: Songs Of The Louvin Brothers) / The Scarlet Tide (from the Cold Mountain soundtrack) / Whiskey Lullaby (duet with Brad Paisley from his Mud On The Tires album) / You Will Be My Ain True Love (featuring Sting -- from the Cold Mountain soundtrack) / I Give You To His Heart (from The Prince of Egypt soundtrack) / Get Me Through December (from Natalie Mac Masters album In My Hands) / Missing You (duet with John Waite from his Downtown
.Journey Of A Heart album ) / Lay Down Beside Me (duet with John Waite -- previously unreleased).
Astonishingly, although she is only in her mid-30s, singer, musician, and bluegrass prodigy Alison Krauss has now been recording for twenty years, both as part of the band Union Station and as a solo artist. This new compilation highlights her work away from Union Station, with a particular emphasis on her collaborative work. It also does the job of rounding up a number of rarities and guest spots that fans might otherwise have more trouble acquiring, although this is not to suggest that the collection is some kind of rag-bag; the quality is uniformly excellent throughout, and nowhere more so than on the four unreleased tracks that head up the compilation, 'You're Just A Country Boy,' 'Simple Love,' 'Jacob's Dream' and 'Away Down the River,' all of which display the multi-award-winning Krauss's production flair.
Newcomers might know Krauss best from the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? That film's 'Down to the River to Pray' is included here along with other soundtrack work including 'You Will Be My Ain True Love', collaboration with Sting from Cold Mountain. Other guest artists featured here include James Taylor, the Chieftains and John Waite. The selection of tracks ranges from bluegrass ('Sawing on the Strings'), country and folk to the rock-pop of Waite's 'Missing You' (the re-recording is another of the album's highlights), but is always held together by Krauss's high, strong voice and her rootsy integrity. Often aching and vulnerable, always beautiful, these songs form an excellent companion to her earlier compilation, Now That I've Found You and the album is definitely one you will want to put on repeat. --Tim Nelson
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