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Raising Sand

Robert/Krauss;Alison Plant , Robert Plant Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Perhaps only the fantasy duo of King Kong and Bambi could be a more bizarre pairing than Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Yet on Raising Sand, their haunting and brilliant collaboration, the Led Zeppelin screamer and Nashville's most hypnotic song whisperer seem made for each other. This, however, is not the howling Plant of "Whole Lotta Love," but a far more precise and softer singer than even the one who emerged with Dreamland (2002). No matter that Plant seems so subdued as to be on downers, for that's one of the keys to this most improbable meeting of musical galaxies--almost all of it seems slowed down, out of time, otherworldly, and at times downright David Lynch-ian, the product of an altered consciousness. Yet probably the main reason it all works so well is the choice of producer T Bone Burnette, the third star of the album, who culled mostly lesser-known material from some of the great writers of blues, country, folk, gospel, and R&B, including Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, Milt Campbell, the Everly Brothers, Sam Phillips, and A.D. and Rosa Lee Watson. At times, Burnette's spare and deliberate soundscape--incisively crafted by guitarists Marc Ribot and Norman Blake, bassist Dennis Crouch, drummer Jay Bellerose, and multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger, among others--is nearly as dreamy and subterranean as Daniel Lanois's work with Emmylou Harris (Wrecking Ball). Occasionally, Burnette opts for a fairly straightforward production while still reworking the original song (Plant's own "Please Read the Letter," Mel Tillis's "Stick with Me, Baby"). But much of the new flesh on these old bones is oddly unsettling, if not nightmarish. On the opening track of "Rich Woman," the soft-as-clouds vocals strike an optimistic mood, while the instrumental backing--loose snare, ominous bass line, and insinuating electric guitar lines--create a spooky, sinister undertow. Plant and Krauss trade out the solo and harmony vocals, and while they both venture into new waters here (Krauss as a mainstream blues mama, Plant as a gospel singer and honkytonker), she steals the show in Sam Phillips' new "Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us," where a dramatic violin and tremulous banjo strike a foreboding gypsy tone. When Krauss begins this strange, seductive song in a voice so ethereal that angels will take note, you may stop breathing. That, among other reasons, makes Raising Sand an album to die for. --Alanna Nash

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The musical collaboration of the decade, Raising Sand is the sound of two iconic figures stepping out of their respective comfort zones and letting their instincts lead them across a brave new sonic landscape. Despite hailing from distinctly different backgrounds, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant share a maverick spirit and willingness to extend the boundaries of their respective genres. This spirit, expertly honed by producer T Bone Burnett, has resulted in an album pitched three steps beyond some cosmic collision of early urban blues, spacious West Texas country, and the untapped potential of the folk-rock revolution.

Supported by the unparalleled musicianship of Marc Ribot, Dennis Crouch, Mike Seeger, Jay Bellerose, Norman Blake, Greg Leisz, Patrick Warren, and Riley Baugus, Plant and Krauss -- as both solo and harmony vocalists -- tackle an intriguing selection of songs from such tunesmiths as Tom Waits, Gene Clark, Sam Phillips, Townes Van Zandt, The Everly Broth! ers, and Mel Tillis. Raising Sand finds Robert Plant and Alison Krauss exploring popular music's elemental roots while still sounding effortlessly, breath-takingly contemporary.

The song "Killing the Blues" is featured in the new JC Penney American Living Campaign.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Opposites Attract Oct. 24 2007
Format:Audio CD
To be fair, I never had much time for Led Zep and only a passing interest in Alison Krauss but I'd read about this record and I thought I would try it. Plant's part is more of a whisper than a scream but he meshes with Krauss seamlessly as they take great joy in one man's version (T-Bone Burnett)of the Great American songbook. Definitely more Sunday morning than Saturday night but the entire album is as familiar as best pair of jeans and as memorable as your first kiss.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it from start to finish! Nov. 4 2007
Format:Audio CD
When I heard Robert Plant was making an album with Alison Krauss I was overjoyed.

I love Led Zeppelin, and Krauss is my favorite female vocalist so an album with both of them was music to my ears! (literally!)

From start to finish, Krauss and Plant compliment each other beautifully.

My favorites have to be Gone Gone Gone, Please Read The Letter and Fortune Teller.

Buy this album! You will not be disappointed!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Duo! Feb. 11 2014
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You would think that with as powerful a voice as he has, Robert Plant would dwarf Alison Krauss in any duet. Not so! This is a fantastic recording that must be experienced!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Duet combo ! Aug. 9 2013
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their voices are so perfectly paired it makes your heart ache. This CD is perfect for Led Zeppelin and Blue grass fans alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow, upbeat Feb. 8 2013
By Tru-
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I chose this rating because every song is magical, wonderful and so devine! I liked every word, the music and the melding of those very harmonic voices. I would recommend to everyone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Raising Sand Aug. 8 2012
By smc
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An interesting blend of Robert Plant's and Alison Krauss' voices. They work well together, and somewhat surprisingly compliment each other. Enjoyable buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One for your collection July 19 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
One of my favourite albums I own. Got to see them perform live in Toronto when they were touring to support the album. What an experience!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another milestone in a musical journey Oct. 25 2007
Format:Audio CD
I raised my eyebrows when I first read about "Raising Sand".I've listened with great pleasure to Robert Plant for, well, a while now. All I knew of Allison Krauss was picked up from snippets on PBS and the soundtrack of "Oh Brother Where art Thou". Turns out to be a fine collaboration, sweet and sensual, immediately engaging...a place to linger in a musical journey I hope will continue for many years to come.
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Most recent customer reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the songs
Again, I thought the sound quality of the CD was not great.
Published 2 months ago by Brenda Boersen
5.0 out of 5 stars The other reviewer have it right.
Might not be what you were expecting, but unless you have tin ears, or are horribly narrow in your musical tastes, you'll be pleasantly surprise. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album
This is a masterpiece from two of the best artists ever. It is a very well put together collection that one just cannot stop listening to.
Published 6 months ago by Billy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Sometimes amazing songs, amazing voices, amazing musicians, and amazing production all come together beautifully on one recording. This is one of those times.
Published on Jan. 6 2012 by Barry Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I'm finally getting around to reviewing this album, perhaps because I've been playing it a lot again lately. I could listen to Robert Plant sing the phone book, I really could. Read more
Published on April 6 2011 by Jane Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Folk-Rock
Love Led Zeppelin. Love Page and Plant. This album redefines Robert Plant as a folk-rock-country singer. Together with Alison Krauss, he blends country with his old persona. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2010 by Brian Ashe
4.0 out of 5 stars Alison Kraus and Robert Plant
Alison Kraus and Robert Plant are an odd combination and when I bought the CD, I was afraid that the combination would be disasterous. Happily, my fears were unnecessary. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2009 by Simba
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Who'd-a-thunk Allison Krauss would ever pair up with Robert Plant? Well the result may have been Krauss' most adventurous recording and Plant's best effort since the end of Led... Read more
Published on July 21 2009 by Habrawk
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