Rounder Records Group
One Camp Street
Cambridge, Ma 02140
A review written for Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Jim Zimmerschied
Call it bluegrass or call it acoustic pop, either way Alison Krauss and the group Union Station have created an entertaining montage of music. Alison's beautiful vocals that give it that "high, lonesome sound."
There are thirteen songs and one instrumental on the disc. Krauss is the lead vocalist on eight of the songs and Union Station members share the other lead vocals. The other artists in the group are Barry Bales (acoustic bass), Ron Block (banjo, guitar), Adam Steffey (mandolin), and Dan Tyminski (guitar). Of course Krauss started her career as a violinist (fiddler to the bluegrass world) and she doesn't leave that instrument out, either.
The tunes are mostly new material and alternate from bluegrass to acoustic pop. The bluegrass numbers include: So Long So Wrong, The Road is a Lover, I'll Remember You, Pain of a Troubled Life, and Blue Trail of Sorrow. Little Liza Jane shows off the group's instrumental talents. The accompaniment, by the way, is very tasteful and technically good on all the numbers.
The standouts on the album are Alison's numbers: It Doesn't Matter, Looking in the Eyes of Love, and the gospel There is a Reason. These are all quiet, reflective pieces with the high, almost angelic quality of Krauss' voice demonstrated to its fullest. The harmony on many of the other cuts is also very appealing. So Long So Wrong, the title track, in particular stands out for its use of harmony, and the harmony on many of the other cuts is also very appealing.. The male vocalists are good in their own right and each of the band members has the spotlight somewhere on the album. The quality of the recording is as expected from Rounder - top notch.
This is a very enjoyable album with appeal to those who enjoy beautiful singing and acoustic music. It is not a traditional bluegrass album, but it should also satisfy bluegrass fans.
Edited by Kerry Dexter