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  • Summary: One of many musicians to benefit from the unexpected success of the 'O Brother Where Art Thou?' soundtrack, 75-year-old bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley reunites with producer T Bone Burnett for this 12-track effort.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
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  1. 100
    Stanley's eloquent, understated and unpretentious folk music is more than up to the challenge of finding its place in a world devoted to teen pop and nü-metal.
  2. Stanley proves once again that everything old is new again. Including, of course, himself.
  3. 80
    His voice comes as sharp as a rusty switchblade. [#8, p.125]
  4. 80
    The man is as affecting as ever on this most traditional of collections. [Feb 2003, p.77]
  5. Ralph Stanley is an album for those that have already been initiated.
  6. Anyone who loved O Brother should find even headier musical pleasures on Ralph Stanley.
  7. Anyone expecting the sharp, high-lonesome sound of "How Mountain Girls Can Love" and "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" may be disappointed at the sound of the septuagenarian's old bones croaking together, but anyone who can appreciate the stark purity of honest American folk music will hold this album close to their hearts.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. har
    Dec 11, 2005
    10
    Dr. Ralph does it again. Amazing!!! He is easily amongst the very best singers in all of bluegrass histoery

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