• Record Label:
  • Release Date:
Raising Sand Image
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 84 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: The Led Zeppelin singer pairs up with Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Mojo
    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. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    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.

See all 20 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
  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. 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
  4. madsl
    Oct 29, 2007
    9
    one of the albums of the year!! (and who would have thought that this odd couple could deliver that!?) Plant's vocals are nothing short one of the albums of the year!! (and who would have thought that this odd couple could deliver that!?) Plant's vocals are nothing short of utterly captivating. His rendition of Killing the blues and Polly come home are truly exceptional..and the production of t-bone burnett is equally outstanding. very organic and full of space - deserves to be mentioned next to daniel lanois' amazing reinvention of emmylou harris on Wrecking Ball a decade ago. Expand
  5. ChrisM.
    Jan 24, 2008
    9
    Interesting and more than a little challenging, great combination but I can see why its a little to laid back for some.
  6. VanceH.
    Nov 26, 2007
    9
    As much credit as these artists deserve, the real genius here is producer T-Bone Burnett. Virtually everything he touches turns to diamonds. As much credit as these artists deserve, the real genius here is producer T-Bone Burnett. Virtually everything he touches turns to diamonds. That signature sound that makes the project sparkle is part of the magic Burnett works. Audiophiles won't be disappointed with the recording quality, either. 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

See all 38 User Reviews