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A Technical Emotive Marvel : A Borderline Genius Musically,
This review is from: A Hundred Miles Or More... A Collection (Audio CD)
"Alison Krauss's voice is a technical, emotive marvel. She has won more Grammy Awards than any female singer in popular music history. She fronts what many people consider to be the single finest band in folk, bluegrass or country. Every album she has released in the past twelve years has been certified gold (500,000 copies) or platinum (1 million copies)." Stephen Erlewine Thomas.
This is a CD that draws you in and like my best friend uttered in reverence, "I get shivers listening to this CD". The CD is a compliation of collaborations with other singers, songs from soundtracks and award shows and five new songs. There are traditional sounding songs and songs that are difficult to classify, but they are all connected. "There's alot of dying, said Alison. "I think with really sad songs, sometimes they make people feel better. If the story is that bad, there was something really spectacular there before the bad thing happened. There was something good to lose."
There are sixteen songs on this CD, and they are all beautifully poignant, mastered, and sung.
'You're Just A Country Boy'- a new song, melodic, lovely tune, "All you can afford is a loving heart, the only one you own'.
'Simple Love'- simple,country, bluegrass tune- previously unrecorded.
"Always giving, never asking back, I wish I had a simple love like that".
'Jacob's Dream- "In the Spring of 1856, two children, lost, cold and forlorn in the mountains." A song passed down by one of the writer's grandmother's from generation to generation. But, there is inherent hope. Hope and comfort. The song that brings 'shivers' everytime it is heard. My absolute favorite song, sung by Alison Krauss.
'Away Down the River'-"Crossing over Jordan to the other shore- a way down the river a hundred miles or more" An unreleased song- a message of comfort from someone who has died.
'Sawing On The Strings"-a bluegrass favorite from an awards show which featured Tony Rice, a long admired virtuoso guitarist who sings and plays non tradtional tunes.
'Down To The River To Pray'-acapella rendition from the movie "Oh Brother Where Art Though". 'Good Lord show me the way, Oh sister let's go down "
'Baby Mine'-from Walt Disney's "Dumbo"- lovely nursery song, 'Baby Of Mine'.
Molly Ban-a collaboration with The Chieftains from one of their CD's.
'How's The World Treating You'-sung with James Taylor for a tribute album 'Livin', Lovin', Losin' The Louvin Brorhers. Beautifully arranged and sung.
'The Scarlett Tide'- from the movie "Cold Mountain'-softly sung with emotion.
'Whiskey Lullaby'-duet with Brad Paisley- "She broke his heart, he spent his whole life tryin' to forget" Sad song of memories and death.
'You Will Be My Ain True Love'- Oscar nominated song from Cold Mountain.
'I Give You To His Heart'-'The Prince Of Egypt' soundtrack. Death and love. "Wish life didn't always end this way".
'Get Me Through December'- Natalie McMaster's CD- "A Wild Winter's Day- My heart has grown cold"
'Missing You'- duet with John Waite and a favorite. "Everytime I think of you, I always catch my breath"
'Lay Down Beside Me'-unreleased duet with John Waite- " I spent my life lookin' for you- findin' my way wasn't easy to do".
"The path for Alison Krauss has led her in several directions. The path has led her to a place of great acceptance and popularity, and Krauss has remained a musician other musicians admire." The Tennessean
Alison Krauss blends country, bluegrass and folk. She is not afraid to veer from a path of traditional music, and she has found great beauty to share with us. Her voice is a gift that belies her own shy exterior. She is a treasure. I have listened to this CD many times, and as my best friend has said, "It won't leave my turntable'. It has found a place in my heart. Heartily Recommended. prisrob 4-8-07
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