Raising Sand - Robert Plant And Alison Krauss
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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. This collection is simply a joy to listen to, with great singers lovingly rendering great songs with a talented producer at the helm.
  4. Though Alison Krauss and Robert Plant make strange bedfellows indeed, the result is an engrossing, powerfully evocative collection.
  5. More revelatory are Krauss’ splendid R&B turn on Little Milton’s 'Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson' and Plant’s Dr. John impersonation on Allen Toussaint’s 'Fortune Teller'--just two of the many eye-openers on this surprising, and surprisingly effective, collaboration.
  6. Raising Sand is an album of deep, dark Americana, a scintillatingly stitched patchwork of country, R'n'B and singer-songwriters that represents what Plant describes as "the America I have always loved musically."
  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
    Beautiful...fresh...earthy...ethereal...the best "new" sound I've heard in years.
  2. BoB.
    Dec 1, 2007
    Simply Stunning!
  3. TimM.
    Oct 29, 2007
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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