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  • Summary: This is the first studio recording in three years for the Grammy-winning bluegrass act.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
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  1. A defining moment for the band.
  2. While it can be unbearably sad, Lonely Runs Both Ways is ultimately a beautiful meditation on heartbreak. [26 Nov 2004, p.117]
  3. 80
    One of the finest Americana albums of 2004. [Jan 2005, p.128]
  4. On occasion the band feels as if it's slipping into cruise control, but the musical scenery is so gorgeous you really don't mind going along for the ride. [5 Dec 2004]
  5. Lonely Runs Both Ways is spit-polished to a high, Nashville sheen, airbrushed into perfection and loaded down with layer upon layer of gooey gloss. Ultimately, all that shine holds Krauss back.
  6. 60
    Tends to drift in one and out the other at times. [Jan 2005, p.102]
  7. 40
    The utterly flavorless repertoire she sings here... steers her toward Lite FM. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. BarryC
    Nov 25, 2004
    10
    Well worth the 3 year wait. Great mix of bluegrass and acoustic music by some of the finest folks around. Some critics may complain that this Well worth the 3 year wait. Great mix of bluegrass and acoustic music by some of the finest folks around. Some critics may complain that this album has a "Slick, polished" sound. Hmmm.... Maybe that's why it's called a studio album? Excellent job AKUS!!! Can't wait to see you on the tour when you get out west. Expand
  2. valeriep
    Nov 23, 2004
    10
    This is already my favorite cd!! Another absolute stunning musical production from the most talented musicians to walk the earth!!!!!!
  3. PeteC
    Jul 26, 2005
    10
    The best of all AKUS albums, with more of the melancholy and beautiful songs only glimpsed at in So Long So Wrong, and handled clumsily in The best of all AKUS albums, with more of the melancholy and beautiful songs only glimpsed at in So Long So Wrong, and handled clumsily in New Favourite, this time with startling and original lyrics, especially in the Gillian Welch penned Wouldn't be So Bad. However, Jerry Douglas' superb Unionhouse Hoedown and the lead single Restless show a refusal to back down from their Bluegrass roots that make them so popular. Beautiful, ironic, and almost perfect down to the last note. Expand
  4. LeticiaM
    Dec 6, 2004
    10
    Have heard it once. What a sound... Perfect. You can say, "love at first listen". It's excellent and beautifully made.
  5. JB
    Feb 7, 2005
    10
    This album is AWESOME! If you are remotely an AKUS or Bluegrass fan - you will love it. It has some really unique songs.
  6. GeorgeM
    Feb 17, 2005
    10
    A.K. is a wonderful artist.
  7. joels
    Dec 1, 2004
    8
    i'm still listening, but so far i beleive that they've done it again.

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