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Raising Sand Image
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  • Summary: The Led Zeppelin singer pairs up with Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    The most remarkable collaboration since Norah Jones and the Foo Fighters is also one of the best albums of the year. [Nov 2007, p.92]
  2. These aren't "duets" but exercises in sublime harmony. [2 Nov 2007, p.65]
  3. A deeply special album, and one you hope enough people will allow to get under their skin.
  4. Though Alison Krauss and Robert Plant make strange bedfellows indeed, the result is an engrossing, powerfully evocative collection.
  5. Key to the magic is the delicious harmony vocals of the unlikely duo, best-displayed on the swaying 'Killing the Blues,' given trad-country depth by steel pedal ace Greg Leisz.
  6. Raising Sand is the stuff of which music lovers' dreams are made: an unexpected collision of two distinct but complementary worlds that transcend the sum of their parts to create something unique and mesmerizing.
  7. So even though Burnett has assembled a crack acoustic support unit to play the choice material he's selected from Gene Clark, Townes Van Zandt and the Everly Brothers, without that magical X factor you've got nothing but two good vocalists trying to stay out of each other's way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. JonM.
    Jan 24, 2008
    10
    Beautiful...fresh...earthy...ethereal...the best "new" sound I've heard in years.
  2. BoB.
    Dec 1, 2007
    10
    Simply Stunning!
  3. TimM.
    Oct 29, 2007
    10
    I don't normally appreciate the almost country sound on a number of these tracks, but I am blown away by the magic that this combination is!
  4. CeceliaC.
    Dec 30, 2007
    10
    Music with fantastic lyrics. Listened to it first time in car. I pulled over and grabbed the copy of lyrics out of album cover The lyrics are Music with fantastic lyrics. Listened to it first time in car. I pulled over and grabbed the copy of lyrics out of album cover The lyrics are poetry and Plant and Krauss treat/sing it in a respectful manner. Finally a new CD for the older adult. Expand
  5. GeorgeB.
    Nov 6, 2007
    9
    What a pleasant suprise! I think the one individual who should be mentioned in context of this recording is T-Bone Burnett, whose choice of What a pleasant suprise! I think the one individual who should be mentioned in context of this recording is T-Bone Burnett, whose choice of musicians and production techniques make his contribution as vital as the two singers. Expand
  6. MW.
    Jan 11, 2008
    9
    If you are looking for a kind of rockabilly style country duo this is quite an album! I have a few favorites but really a nice surprise at If you are looking for a kind of rockabilly style country duo this is quite an album! I have a few favorites but really a nice surprise at how effective these two compliment each other. If you like either one this a great CD to buy! Expand
  7. MicheleS
    Nov 21, 2007
    0
    Horrible album. I'm a big AK fan but I don't know what she was thinking when she decided to do this collaboration. Her gorgeous Horrible album. I'm a big AK fan but I don't know what she was thinking when she decided to do this collaboration. Her gorgeous voice is completely drowned out by Plant and the rest of the crew. What a dud! Expand

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