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Alison Krauss's second Rounder effort builds on the promise of her debut, further honing her blend of traditional and contemporary, an artistic tactic that would have a huge impact on bluegrass and bluegrass audiences throughout the 1990s. Still only 17 when she waxed this one, Krauss handles old-time rags, gospel favorites, and modern country with equal flair and almost-annoying perfection. This was 1989 and her widespread critical acclaim had not yet translated into commercial acceptance, but Two Highways catches her at a time just before the polish began to sand away the rougher edges of her sound. Rough, however, is a relative term because, then as now, it's impossible for this phenom to ever sound anything but smooth. --Marc Greilsamer
Top Customer Reviews
The last two tracks will be the most familiar. Teardrops will kiss the morning dew was originally recorded by the Osborne brothers, an excellent bluegrass outfit, and was also covered by Billie Jo Spears. Both those versions are somewhat obscure, but Alison's own version was selected for inclusion on Now that I've found you A collection, the hugely successful compilation of Alison's music. If you are thinking of buying this album, you surely own that compilation already - and if not, you should buy that first. The final track is a cover of Gregg Allman's classic Midnight rider, here adapted to bluegrass - brilliantly.
You are not likely to know many (if any) of the first ten tracks but they are definitely worth a listen. They are a varied mix of ballads and up-tempo but the overall feel of the album is upbeat. Possibly the best is Heaven's bright shore though it is difficult to pick out highlights on an album of such quality.
If you already have Now that I've found you A collection and you want to explore Alison's early music further, this is for you.
The album features both traditional material like "Wild Bill Jones" (sung by Jeff White - now performed exquisitely by Dan Tyminski in Alison's Band), and innovative arrangements of material from other genre's. The Allman Brother's "Midnight Flyer" gets turned from rhythmic yearning ballad into a banjo-driven barn burner, with vocals that soar and harmonies that are absolutely hair-raising.
Alyson's voice is noticeably smoother than in the debut album and I would guess it was about HERE that critics began saying that she had the voice of an angel.
I don't personally know what an angel sounds like, but it would be a HIGH compliment to say one sounded like Alison Krauss on "Two Highways".
Most recent customer reviews
This is the real thing folks - real singers and real musicians making real music. Blow off Shania and Faith and BUY THIS AND EVERY OTHER Alison Krauss + Union Station CD... Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2002 by Kenneth A Smith
This c.d. has more of the old-time bluegrass style than Alison's later releases. She sings her heart out in this, and I love it. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2002