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  • Audio CD (11 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00484HYPS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14th studio album by the bluegrass singer and her first with Union Station since 2004's 'Lonely Runs Both Ways'. The album features the single 'Paper Airplane' and cover versions of 'Opening Farewell' (Jackson Browne) and 'Dimming of the Day' (Richard Thompson).

BBC Review

The genius of Alison Krauss is that she knows what she does best and she only does that. She is a world-class bluegrass fiddle player, has the voice of an angel and an (almost) unerring ear for a song. Her band is impeccable, her production faultless and understated; she’s even stuck with her small but credible label, Rounder, which she joined in 1985. Small wonder she’s won more Grammys than any woman in history.

Her journey has taken her from a relatively small-time, specialist bluegrass act to the music’s most important ambassador. In her hands it has all the vital staples: the instrumental line-up (though Bill Monroe never reconciled himself to the Dobro, and they underuse the mandolin rather) and the high, lonesome vocals. But she has brought in contemporary values; light and shade, sensitivity and, of course, a new repertoire.

Krauss might have remained on the top of the bluegrass heap had her collaboration with Robert Plant not tipped her out onto the main stage, 2007’s Raising Sand winning five Grammys – victorious in all the categories it was nominated in. So one could be forgiven for fearing that the experience might bend her resolve to be true to herself, and turn from her band, Union Station. Electric instruments, drums and bigger production could be anticipated – but there’s been none of that. Instead, guitarist Dan Tyminski shares the lead vocals, Ron Block’s banjo is as lyrical as ever and Barry Bales’ bass as solid, and Jerry Douglas’ Dobro is prodigious (if a bit lower-key than usual).

The songs are reliably mournful. Krauss has, quite rightly, ignored the fact that it’s already been covered by singers as illustrious as Mary Black, Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt, and recorded her own version of Richard Thompson’s Dimming of the Day. She knows (though she’d never put it this way) that when Alison Krauss does a song it’s like nobody else ever performed it. The selection otherwise is maybe not as immediate as other Union Station LPs have been, and Paper Airplane will take a couple of listens to really connect. But it’s certainly worth the effort.

--Nick Barraclough

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By PavlovsDog on 12 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Paper Airplane marks Alison's fourteenth album and is a storming return to form for the angelic voiced 27 Grammy Award winner and her band Union Station. The title track pretty much has the classic AKUS sound and feel to it and is currently receiving plenty of radio airplay although there are plenty of other gems to be found here. Dust Bowl Children has Dan Tyminski's drawling southern vocals on an upbeat tune if somewhat slightly depressed lyric although it makes for great foot tapping stuff. Lie Awake is a slower and darker song with velvety vocals and subtle fiddle from Alison while Lay My Burden Down comes in as a more upbeat tune with a bleak lyric hidden amongst finger picking guitar. My Love Follows You Where You Go is the real gem on this album with a complex vocal and great hook to the chorus, upbeat and tuneful with angst painted all over it. Classic AKUS. Dimming Of The Day is beautiful cover of the Richard Thompson song reminiscent of "Ghost in this house". On The Outside Looking In is Tyminski's second solo vocal here, bluegrass style aplenty. Miles To Go is an up tempo song with nice Dobro and fiddle work. Sinking Stone is another gem with a more complex vocal and composition than some of the other tunes here. Not strictly a bluegrass sound, more a country/pop tune with a late seventies sound to the vocal and melody. Bonita has Dan Tyminski sing a typical country tune with a western style theme while the final track, My Opening farewell, showcases Alison's vocal ability with smooth storytelling and a medium paced melody. Musicianship throughout the recording is as usual top notch, Jerry Douglas' Dobro sounds even better than ever. This album should see Alison Krauss add a few more Grammy's to her collection. Highly recommended!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Alison Krauss is effortlessly a class act and one of the great voices of American music. Here on her 14th album and first with Union Station since 2004 she yet again shows that as a vocalist operating in the field of country and bluegrass music that she largely untouchable. You could possibly argue that following the great "Raising Sand" recorded with Robert Plant that an opportunity is missed here for some deeper experimentation which follows some of more raw explorations on that album such as the Tom Waits covers, but really who cares when the songs are this good and that voice quite as beautiful as it is? Krauss and Union Station are have been described as the gold standard for bluegrass music and on "Paper Airplane" you do sense much more of a band effort with three lead vocals undertaken by guitarist Dan Tyminski, and the cover of Peter Rowan's "Dust bowl children" in particular a fine epic of finger picking banjo/guitar and authenticity not heard since the "Oh Brother where art thou" soundtrack was safely tucked into a record sleeve. Tyminski's rustic voice again figures on the bluesy "On the outside looking in" to great effect.

However let us delay no further and get into Krauss territory. When it comes to Richard Thompson's "Dimming of the day" there is already the great original sung by folk queen Linda Thompson with her ex husbands gloriously rugged support, a stellar version by Bonnie Raitt and slightly less fabulous versions by Dave Gilmour and The Corrs. The song could have been written for an aching longing voice like Krauss's and by god does she do it justice with lovely understated country backing from Union Station. It is stunning stuff and an absolute standout.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DJW13 on 14 April 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Yet another highly professional performance from AKUS. Fans will know what to expect, newcomers will be amazed by the quality which exudes from the various tracks. I would of course have liked to have found more than 11 tracks (especially as there is apparently a deluxe version available in the USA with 6 bonus tracks). Also, I was disappointed that the booklet does not show the lyrics - and these are not yet available on-line from the usual sources.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on 16 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
The group's posing for this album cover is the most stylised feature of an otherwise simple and unaffected offering.

Paper Airplane is predictable in delivering classic soft and soothing country from Krauss' tender vocals and the immaculate instrumental support of Union Station. The album is to a degree a two-parter with songs proferred by Krauss' sweet singing, and those from Dan Tyminski's more bluegrass vocalese and barn-dance leanings. Nothing new here, and in a sense that's why we like what is performed, time and time again.

A good example of what I am characterising is the unadorned rendition of Richard Thompson's 'Dimming of the Day'. I was waiting for the AK&US hallmark harmony vocals to reference those so vital in this song's original emotive impact, but apart from the gesture of one subdued shared line, the song is a Krauss solo played straight and true and simply. Again, nothing new and nothing wrong here. It's just something I noticed and thought about.

Indeed, the only question one would ask of this perfect latest release is why isn't Alison sharing the shared stare of the others on the album's cover? That's a real poser.
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