New Favorite - Alison Krauss & Union Station
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  • Summary: Alison Krauss and her band have gained popularity in recent months, thanks to the success of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack (which featured the band's version of "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" among other contributions). This is their first album since 1999's 'Forget About It.'
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
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  1. 100
    The bluegrass scene is now offically in touch with its feminine side. [Sep 2001, p.96]
  2. Krauss' dominant balladry sails on a brand of depression that's altogether timeless.
  3. 80
    Whatever the source, each song is given a finely detailed treatment that gets to its emotional core, and the exquisite engineering allows each nuance to add to the total effect.
  4. Krauss is blessed with one of the most coolly beautiful voices on record, and she's often better than her material, which is once again the case here.
  5. 60
    On the whole, it's an inventively played, not-quite-straight bluegrass album... [Aug/Sep 2001, p.124]
  6. The whole album feels a little too slick and reverbed-out... While there are intriguing moments in the album, it lacks the spark that So Long So Wrong had in spades, and even their few moments on the O Brother soundtrack seemed to breathe more life into the band than New Favorite does.

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  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
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  1. WilliamL
    Jan 21, 2002
    10
    Great Album!!
  2. SarahM
    Dec 5, 2003
    10
    Alison's voice is like an angel.
  3. MistyW.
    Feb 28, 2002
    10
    No one has a more pure and real voice than Alison Krauss.
  4. Jonathanx
    Aug 15, 2003
    10
    everything about this album is a masterpiece!
  5. DanielleG
    Sep 9, 2003
    10
    She is the best, I love everything she sings!!!!
  6. raVen
    Jan 28, 2004
    9
    (9.5) There are certain voices that transcend genre or musical preference and can be held up apart from others by simply being beautiful. Alison Krauss has such a voice. It's almost painful how beautiful it is. ...For their part, the guys of Union Station are all masters of their particular craft, and the AK+US concert experience is something not to be missed if the chance arises. New Favorite, in turn, serves to spotlight the guys more and is not ruined by that. However, there is no mistaking what the main attraction is here. See and/or hear her just once and you'll be bewitched. ...She's one heckuva fiddler, too. Great CD, but see them live if you can--it's more than worth it. Expand
  7. KyeinA
    May 15, 2003
    8
    This album is quite simplistic, with Alison staying true to her roots. Sometimes, however, they seem to divulge too far from a neo-blue-grass state into a true bluegrass. Sometimes, it also gets slightly repetative. I loved "Crazy Faith" Expand

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