Tuesday, November 27, 2007

CD Review: "Raising Sand" - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

What? Robert Plant and Alison Krauss doing an album together? Could there be a more disparate pair of people to put together on an album? Well, T-Bone Burnett (O Brother, Counting Crows, Spinal Tap, Bruce Cockburn, etc) has done it again. Plant's vocals have never been better. He provides his characteristic vocal stylings on some of the songs (Gone, Gone, Gone), but on others (Through the Morning, Through the Night) he provides a gentle harmony with the angelic voice of Krauss. I never thought I'd hear Plant singing with pedal steel guitar accompaniment, but somehow it works. All of the songs are covers, and I can't find a bad one on the disc. T-Bone himself plays guitar on ten of the thirteen tracks. It's a surprisingly good combination of an unmistakable 1970's classic rock voice with the silky smooth vocal stylings and fiddle virtuosity of a bonafide bluegrass superstar. Only T-Bone Burnett could manage to pull this off. If you buy this one, you won't be disappointed.

Note: I can't manage to type T-Bone without thinking of the Seinfeld episode where George tries to give himself the nickname "T-Bone."

1 comment:

Brakeman said...

I also recently purchased this CD, opting for the old school product in hand version rather than the immediate gratification of MP3 download. It is a great "album" and Plant's voice sounds perfect for this collaboration. He is EVERYWHERE right now: the latest Best of Led collection call Mothership just dropped in November; XM just launched XM LED, the all Zeppelin channel in November, which is always a great stop for a few choice tunes; The Song Remains The Same just got remastered and re-released on CD and Blu-ray disc; ledzeppelin.com just launched on 11-20-2007 as their "Official Website"; the Monday Night Football game instant classic between The Patriots and Ravens featured all Zeppelin tunes for the buffers in and fade outs to commercial; all this leading up to the inevitable...the current cover of Rolling Stone has Plant, Page, and Jones "announcing" and hyping their REUNION TOUR which kicks of December 10, 2007 in London. RS calls it the biggest tour in the history of the world. "It's good to be king"...."piss boy, wait for the shake."