Thursday, February 21, 2008
Killing the Blues.
Why hasn't anyone in my jurisdiction been talking about Raising Sand, the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collabo? I'd been hearing tracks from it periodically on the radio and thinking "I gotta buy that," and I finally remembered to do so a few days ago. It is good stuff. It probably helps that I am a fan of both musicians, but not a particularly well-schooled one, so for me this record just is what it is, independent of legacy or genre: a slightly moody, haunting, mostly down-tempo collection of Americana featuring two splendid voices. I mean really, is there anyone who has a prettier voice than Alison Krauss? If so I would like to know who. And Plant, of course, can wail, though he barely wails on this. You should listen to "Nothin." And the rest of it.