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  • Summary: The country covers release for the multiple Grammy-winning singer was produced by Buddy Cannon.
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  1. 91
    Windy City does more than just remind listeners of her prowess, it enforces her legacy as one of American music’s standout talents.
  2. Feb 21, 2017
    80
    Windy City leaves no doubt that she has the talent and the intelligence to make it work, and this album is a richly satisfying experience.
  3. Mar 2, 2017
    80
    Windy City isn't a revolutionary album, or even the most adventurous release in Krauss's deep, rich catalogue, but it's a welcome reminder that Krauss remains a song interpreter with few--if any--peers in Nashville.
  4. Uncut
    Feb 21, 2017
    60
    It would have been much more satisfying had she and Cannon stuck with the style of the songs that bookend the album. [Apr 2017, p.32]
  5. Mar 2, 2017
    60
    This is clearly a personal project following a specific template, tailored to Alison’s own passions, and is all the better for it.
  6. 60
    Save for a couple of uptempo trotters like the jaunty kiss-off “It’s Goodbye And So Long To You”, it’s mostly melancholy fare.
  7. Feb 27, 2017
    59
    Windy City never quite reconciles her genre history with her populist ambitions, creating an album that toggles back and forth between the two poles and then ends abruptly.

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  1. Feb 22, 2017
    8
    After a very long wait, Alison Krauss has teamed up with Capitol Records and producer Buddy Cannon to release her first true solo projectAfter a very long wait, Alison Krauss has teamed up with Capitol Records and producer Buddy Cannon to release her first true solo project since Forget About It, which was released in 1999. Krauss has never been much of a songwriter, rather a song finder, and she's proven she has quite a knack for choosing exceptional songs over the years, and the material she has chosen for Windy City isn't any different. Here are 10, mostly obscure, pop and country tunes that Krauss breathes new life into. Windy City is a mostly traditional country album, with a crying, steel guitar accompanying most of the tunes. Sadly, for fans of her fiddling, she only plays on one song, and it's almost non-existent. As usual, Krauss does things her way, and although a few members from her longtime band Union Station sing and play on some of the tracks, this definitely isn't an Alison Krauss + Union Station album. Krauss is front and center, and her voice is as pristine and clear as it has ever been, despite her recent trouble with dysphonia. The song selection, which are all covers, range from tunes made famous by Brenda Lee to Bill Monroe, to Eddy Arnold. And Krauss makes each and every one of them her own. The mid-tempo, It's Goodbye and So Long to You is one of my favorite cuts on the album. It infuses county, polka, and a hint of Texas swing, and Krauss sings it with an incredible amount of dedication and vigor reminiscent of her vocal power she displays on her earlier bluegrass albums. There is a great mix of ballads and upbeat songs that round out the album. Jamey Johnson, members of the Cox family, Hank Williams Jr. and many others contribute their vocal talents, which gives each song a slightly rugged, or more polished sound. While Nashville continues to churn out and promote pop and rock artists and call them country, Alison Krauss has quietly released an authentic country music album that will no doubt quietly glide under the radar with little to no radio play. Don't be among the many who miss this incredible album. Windy City isn't an album I plan on moving on from any time soon. Expand