ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
Alison Krauss By
Alison Krauss + Union Station Live
"O Brother, Where
Art Thou?" bless you for showing the world that honest music made with acoustic
instruments can still strike a chord in the hearts of us all. OK, forgive the
cheesy pun, but the beautiful simplicity that characterizes every song on this
double-album (do we still call them "albums," or am I just getting old?)
is incredibly refreshing in this day and age. Americana, Country-Folk, Bluegrass,
whatever you want to call it, this is a great album - a knockout group of virtuoso
instrumentalist/vocalists, stringed instruments that aren't electric, and not
a sampled beat in sight!!! Don't get me wrong, yours truly likes shaking his booty
to electrified beats, but waking up to "Alison Krauss + Union Station Live"
guarantees that I leave the house with a smile on my face, and peace in my heart.
Her voice is sweet and mellifluous enough to calm even the most troubled soul,
and the band is just smokin'. From achingly gorgeous ballads ("Maybe,"
"Ghost In This House") to good-ole-foot-stompin' romps ("Choctaw
Hayride," "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow,") this album is a joy.