It is so easy to become spoiled by excellence. Few people are creating musical that measures up to the tastefully elegance of Alison Krauss and Union Station. Yet, somehow they have topped themselves with Lonely Runs Both Ways.
Several of the songs on the album were penned by R.L. Castleman, who has authored many of their most popular tunes the past few years. Ron Block's fingerstyle guitar work is punctuated by Jerry Douglas' Dobro, while Alison sings dreamily through another exquisitely written song. Sometimes a person just doesn't have enough ears.
Perhaps the most memorable track on this CD will be their treatment of Woody Guthrie's Pastures of Plenty, played sparsely with Ron Block offering a simple banjo roll to Dan (Man of Constant Sorrow) Tyminski's vocals. This is not another folksy rehash of the song. But it still tells the story of the song.
Lovers of the band's instrumental work will want to turn up the volume on Unionhouse Branch, a tune written by Jerry Douglas. While there is no voice quite like Alison's, it is as much a treat to hear her play fiddle as it is to hear her sing. Everyone in the band gets to cut loose on this tune.
Alison Krauss and Union Station have built an amazing catalog of outstanding music over the years. And this might be their best yet.
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