Raising Sand (2007) - Grammy Winner - Album of the Year
|Artist: Robert Plant|
|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 Brothers, and Mel Tillis. Raising Sand finds Robert Plant and Alison Krauss exploring popular music's elemental roots while still sounding effortlessly, breath-takingly contemporary.
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Those who find the pairing of '70s rock god Robert Plant with contemporary bluegrass queen Alison Krauss unlikely have probably not been paying attention to Plant's latter-day work, which is full of intimate, acoustic-flavored balladry. While the organic-sounding, low-key Plant/Krauss collaboration, RAISING SAND, is a far cry from Led Zeppelin's stadium rock, it offers up some hauntingly moody textures that should appeal to "Battle of Evermore" admirers.|
|Consisting mostly of sagely chosen cover tunes, the album finds Plant and Krauss bringing their warm-but-eerie harmonies to everything from Townes Van Zandt's nihilistic folk poetry ("Nothin'") to the crumbled beauty of latter-day Tom Waits ("Trampled Rose"). Determined not to rest on their laurels or cater to expectations, the 59-year-old icon and his junior partner craft a subtle and intriguing sound built on their shared love of folk forms and gift for interpretation, bringing to light esoteric gems by late Byrds visionary Gene Clark and the Everly Brothers along the way as well.|
Producer: T-Bone Burnett
Arthur Alexander | Bob Dylan | Donovan | Elvis Presley | Howlin' Wolf | Jimi Hendrix | Robert Johnson | Skip Spence | Spirit | The Beatles | The Incredible String Band | The Youngbloods (60's) | Tim Buckley | Tim Hardin | Tim Rose | Willie Dixon
Ann Wilson | Billy Squier | Bon Scott | Chris Cornell | Cozy Powell | David Bowie | David Coverdale | David Lee Roth | Eric Clapton | Gary Moore | Greg Lake | Ian Gillan | Ian Hunter | Jack Bruce | Jeff Beck | Jimmy Page | John Wetton | Jon Anderson (Vocals (Yes)) | Joni Mitchell | Mick Jagger | Neil Young | Ozzy Osbourne | Paul Rodgers | Pete Townshend | Peter Gabriel | Phil Collins | Richard Thompson | Rod Stewart | Roger Daltrey | Roy Harper | Steve Marriott | Steven Tyler (Singer/Songwriter) | Tori Amos | Whitesnake
Associated Artists and Works
|Step Inside This House ~ Lovett, Lyle|
|Raising Sand ~ Plant, Robert|
|Ya Baby String Quartet (The)|
|Ya Baby! String Quartet|
|Ya Baby!!! String Quartet|
|Release Date : 10/23/2007|
|Original Release Date : 2007|
|Catalog ID : 1166190752PA|
|Label : Rounder Select|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00011661907522|
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Skilled and inspired....[With] relaxed, smoky harmonies and reverbed midtempo rockabilly..."
- Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "They harmonize with natural worry and warmth against a midnight Mississippi chill..."
- "They ultimately meet in a roots-rock commonwealth....[E]xercises in sublime harmony..." -- Grade: A-
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "The partners' close harmonies are especially ravishing -- intimate as Gram & Emmylou on Gene Clark's 'Through The Morning, Through The Night'..."
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Doc Watson's 'Your Long Journey' finds Plant and Krauss attaining a state of grace, their shared spiritual strength interlocked with sorrow over a loved one's death."
- "[O]ne listen to these songs, and you'll quickly appreciate how they -- and Burnett and the other musicians -- effortlessly blended different genres into one gorgeous stew of pop music..."
- "Their harmonies couldn't be more fetching on 'Killing The Blues'....The emotional landscape of RAISING SAND stretches far and wide."
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The pair drift in an out of the tracks, supplementing each other with subtlety and charm on a stunning set..."