• Record Label: Rounder
  • Release Date: Aug 14, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  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. 80
    Alison Krauss & Union Station has a voice like honey, raw and honest and sweet, and she wraps it lovingly around these achy ballads and American Gothic lamentations.
  5. Alison Krauss & Union Station are one of the best instrumental bands in acoustic music today.
  6. 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.
  7. 60
    On the whole, it's an inventively played, not-quite-straight bluegrass album... [Aug/Sep 2001, p.124]
  8. New Favorite is pretty much the usual, if still wonderful, music from Krauss and Union Station. [Sep 2001, p.110]
  9. One of the few creatively adventurous singers to maintain a presence on country radio, Krauss continues to subtly press the boundaries of her sound, but it's hard to imagine anything on New Favorite alienating the masses.
  10. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. raVen
    Jan 28, 2004
    (9.5) There are certain voices that transcend genre or musical preference and can be held up apart from others by simply being beautiful. (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. Full Review »
  2. SarahM
    Dec 5, 2003
    Alison's voice is like an angel.
  3. DanielleG
    Sep 9, 2003
    She is the best, I love everything she sings!!!!