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Raising Sand by Alison Krauss
Released: Oct 2007
Label: New Rounder
Plant had been turning blues into Celtic folk and vice versa since Zeppelin, so teaming with bluegrass queen Krauss was an inspired move -- especially with T-Bone Burnett applying a wee-hours spaciousness to the sound that mirrors the space in the mature tenterhook relationships the duo croons and wails about. Lyrics come from Gene Clark, Tom Waits, Mel Tillis, the Everly Brothers, Townes Van Zandt; energy -- rockabilly, gospel, metal, mid-Asian drone, gypsy tarantella -- arises naturally from the pastoral atmosphere. And just when you suspect you're being lulled, the two partners trade places.
Chuck Eddy

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