New Favorite - Alison Krauss & Union Station

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. Alison Krauss & Union Station are one of the best instrumental bands in acoustic music today.
  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. 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.
  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.

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