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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure crystal vocals. Excellent !,
This review is from: A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection (Audio CD)Not exactly a best of rather more a gathering of tracks that might be less familiar with the work she's done outside of bluegrass and her albums with Union Station.
It's an interestingly eclectic compilation that embraces both her film soundtrack contributions and collaborations.
Both in the case of the traditional folk tune "You Will Be My Ain True Love" which was an Oscar nominated duet with Sting from "Cold Mountain". Other film music is represented here with "The Scarlet Tide", again Oscar nominated from "Cold Mountain", "I Give You To His Heart" from the animation "The Prince of Egypt" and, perhaps best known, the unaccompanied own "To The River To Pray" from "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
Not strictly a soundtrack recording, the bluegrass fiddling "Sawing On The Strings" stems from the 2004 CMT Flame Worthy Awards show while "Baby Mine" is trawled from a Disney tribute album.
It's another tribute collection, this time to the Louvins, that provides "How's The World Treating You", a haunting old school country duet with James Taylor.
Elsewhere on the collaborations front there's mainstream country suicide ditty "Whisky Lullaby" from Brad Paisley's "Mud On The Tires" while "Get me Through December" and "Molly Ban" respectively hail from albums by Natalie MacMaster and The Chieftains.
Perhaps the most surprising pairing though is with rocker John Waite whom she shares duties with on his biggest hit, "Missing You".
A second duet with Waite, the moody yearning country ballad "Lay Down Beside Me", is one of five previously unreleased recordings (all produced by Krauss) that make this all the more essential for Krauss completists. The remaining four new cuts all come at the start of the album, running down from mountain air piano ballad "You're Just A Country Boy" through the rippling Appalachian tinkles of "Simple Love" and the bluesy folk "Jacob's Dream" to slow swaying, banjo flecked lullaby "Away Down The Rive"r that shows off Krauss's pure crystal stream vocals to excellent effect.
A new album should be along later this year or early next, but for now this will tide fans over quite nicely.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great, moving and graceful retrospective with a...wilfully commercial air.,
This review is from: A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection (Audio CD)At the age of 35, she has achieved more career milestones than most people do in their lifetime. Her first album was released when she was 16. She has released a total of eleven albums, all on Rounder Records, with her long time band of highly acclaimed musicians, Union Station.
To date, she has earned 20 Grammy Awards - more than any other female in the history of the awards - and multiple Country Music Association Awards, International Bluegrass Music Awards and countless others.
On this CD there seems to be one track, at least, from each of her previous dozen albums over the past decade which saw her move from virtually unknown on the country scene, to become one of its leading acts.
This is a collection of tracks, which in their way are a retrospective look as Alison Krauss' career.
And what a collection this 16-tracker is, with fans' favourite collaborations (she is known for her penchant for collaborations) and guest duets ( "Whiskey Lullaby" with Brad Paisley and "How's the World Treating You" with James Taylor ); songs that have appeared in film soundtracks ("Baby Mine", "Down to the River to Pray" ); side projects and five brand new tracks in the mix - "You're Just a Country Boy", "Jacob's Dream", "Simple Love", "Lay Down Beside Me", and "Away Down the River", which are also all produced by Krauss.
None of these songs has ever appeared elsewhere on another Alison Krauss album, though its collection of non-traditional tracks holds together extremely well, given its disparate appearance.
My favourite is the accapella "Down to the River to Pray" (you'll know it from the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"), showing off to full effect the raw power of Krauss's vocals. Beautiful.
Her voice is pure, matchless and seductive. It has an ethereal quality that just floats in the space.
Alison unleashes that marvelous instrument and touches your heart.
As USA Today wrote of her, "Krauss' influence extends far beyond bluegrass and far beyond her own albums".
From Billboard: "...Alison Krauss adds a newfound tenderness to the ironic lyric 'I ain't missing you at all/No matter what I say.' Her vulnerable vocals, as ever, add ache to the familiar track..."
The bluegrass singer's longtime and normally omnipresent backing band Union State is absent, but none the worse for it. "The Scarlet Tide" and "You Will Be My Ain True Love", from the film "Cold Mountain", are as moving and quietly beautiful now as ever.
Brimming with timeless slices of beauty, this collection serves as an excellent introduction for anyone looking to explore Alison's work for the first time, while the very thought of a few fresh cuts is sure to satisfy fans' thirst for new material until her next studio album arrives.
Enjoy this great collection on a a lazy Sunday with the one you love.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice listen,
This review is from: A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection (Audio CD)I liked this. Better than Raising Sand, actually.
Only track I didn't care for was "sawing on the strings" which was really twangy and far too "country" for me. The rest of this is a very nice showcase for her voice.
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