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Alison Krauss & Union Station
"New Favorite"

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Year of Release: 2001

track listing
  • Let Me Touch You
    For Awhile
  • The Boy Who Wouldn't
    Hoe Corn
  • The Lucky One
  • Shoctaw Hayride
  • Crazy Faith
  • Momma Cried
  • I'm Gone
  • Daylight
  • Bright Sunny South
  • Stars
  • It All Comes Down To You
  • Take Me For Longing
  • New Favorite

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    Alison Krauss & Union Station
    "New Favorite"

    It's amazing throughout all the years Alison Krauss has been in music, she, nor with her group Union Station, have yet to achieve a #1 song on the Country chart. Another upset was not seeing her duet with Brad Paisley, never reached #1 either. However, she and her group participated on the soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou, an album that not only defined great Bluegrass music, it would reach #1 on the Album chart for more than one week.

    Alison Krauss & Union Station marks their debut on this week, with their 2001 release, New Favorite. An album that truly stands out in great Bluegrass and Country music.

    Most of today's Country has the Pop feel, yet Alison Krauss defines good Country and Bluegrass, and keeps it up-to-date, as heard on the opening track, "Let Me Touch You For Awhile." Not only that, it's nice to hear another member of Krauss' group taking the lead vocal. Guitarist Dan Tyminski sings lead on three songs, another guitarist, Ron Block, sings on one.

    Tyminski keeps the Bluegrass feel alive with his songs, "The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn," "Momma Cried," (probably his best song of the three), and "Bright Sunny South." "Choctaw Hayride" is an upbeat Bluegrass instrumental. Ron Block gets the lead on "It All Comes Down To You." It's almost as if you couldn't tell the difference between the two male singers, although Ron Tyminski would probably be the better choice, having three songs compared to Block's one. All in all, both of their vocals could easily fit the "O Brother mold.

    Alison Krauss' voice and the great instrumention of Union Krauss fills out the rest of the album: "The Lucky One" is very well done; "Crazy Faith" blends well with the whole band's vocals, and instrumentation. "I'm Gone" has a moody, sad feel, as the title of the songs states. "Daylight"< returns the pleasant Alison Krauss/Union Station style; "Stars" is a very soft, pretty, easy song. "Take Me For Longing" has the typical upbeat Bluesgrass tempo. The title track is another soft, easy feeling tune.

    New Favorite is a great album to relax to. It's pleasant with the slower paced songs, and the upbeat Bluegrass songs define a true Bluegrass style and texture. Alison Krauss' music is great -- all Country and Bluegrass fans will enjoy her music, if they haven't been exposed to it yet. And please, let's see a #1 somewhere in her name, continuing her fantastic career.

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