New Favorite CD (2001)

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by GLD on 7/24/2002

This is another great CD from Alison Krauss and Union Station. They consistently deliver a high quality product and "New Favorite" is no exception. I was pleasantly suprised to find a cover of an old Dan Fogleberg song, "Stars" included on the CD. Alison and the band handle it very well. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Over the past 15 years, Alison Krauss + Union Station have helped bluegrass grow from a regional art form to a nationwide sensation. New Favorite, their newest collection, is a gem: a set of artful, soulful songs that will appeal not only to long term fans, but also to those who recently discovered the band through the hit movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Continuing in the longstanding tradition of alternating Alison Krauss solo albums with Alison Krauss + Union Station collaborations, New Favorite, the follow-up to 1999's Forget About It, is a full-band effort, featuring, along with Krauss's own virtuoso fiddling and exquisite vocals, Dan Tyminski (the singing voice of George Clooney in the movie) on guitar, mandolin, and two lead vocals, Ron Block on banjo, guitar and vocals, Jerry Douglas on Dobro, and Barry Bales on bass and vocals. The result is a masterful blend of voices and instruments, of styles and of souls. With 13 tracks of hard-driving bluegrass, introspective ballads, and everything in-between, New Favorite stands as the definitive Alison Krauss + Union Station album.

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Label Uni/rounder
SKU 60494378
UPC 011661049529
UPC 14 00011661049529
Format CD
Release Date 8/14/2001
Author Alison Krauss & Union Station
Associated Artist/Work Bibb, Eric
Associated Artist/Work Lovett, Lyle
Associated Artist/Work Plant, Robert
Associated Artist/Work Sarah Jarosz
Associated Artist/Work Sarah Jarosz (Singer/Songwriter
Associated Artist/Work Ya Baby String Quartet (The)
Associated Artist/Work Ya Baby! String Quartet
Associated Artist/Work Ya Baby!!! String Quartet
Technical Info
Engineer Gary Paczosa
Producer Alison Krauss; Union Station
CatalogID 6104952
Lable Name Rounder Select
Released 08/14/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 45m : 2s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00011661049529
Musical Guests
Jerry Douglas
Ron Block
Dan Tyminski
Album Notes and Credits
Alison Kraus & Union Station: Alison Krauss (vocals, fiddle, viola); Ron Block (vocals, guitar, banjo); Dan Tyminski (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Barry Bales (vocals, bass); Jerry Douglas (dobro).
Additional personnel includes: Larry Atamanuik (drums, percussion).
Recorded at Seventeen Grand Recording, Nashville, Tennessee.
NEW FAVORITE won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. "The Lucky One" won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by A Duo Or Group With Vocal and for Best Country Song.
NEW FAVORITE finds Alison Krauss & Union Station continuing to solidify the bridge between the worlds of pop and bluegrass that they helped forge in the '90s. Krauss's crystalline vocals continue to induce goosebumps and bring to mind a young Dolly Parton on the delicate ballads "I'm Gone," "Crazy Faith," and "Momma Cried" along with more traditional-sounding fare like the high lonesome "Take Me For Longing." With its musical democracy still intact, Union Station also delights with new member Jerry Douglas' fleet-fingered instrumental workout "Choctaw Hayride" and a dark-hued interpretation of the traditional "The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn" delivered by Dan Tyminski's supple tenor. (Tyminski's vocals may strike a recognizable note as his voice replaced George Clooney's on "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow," a musical centerpiece on the O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? soundtrack).
Once again Krauss takes a non-traditional bluegrass approach towards picking material. Among the artists interpreted are legendary country-folk banjo player Dock Boggs ("Bright Sunny South"), '70s singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg ("Stars"), fellow New Traditionalists Gillian Welch and David Rawlings (the title track), and Rounder labelmate Robert Lee Castleman ("Let Me Touch You For Awhile," "The Lucky One").
Professional Reviews
Q (9/01, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Pretty much the usual, if still wonderful, music from Krauss and Union Square..."
CMJ (8/27/01, p.28) - "...traditional folk that grows full and spooky..."
No Depression (9-10/01, p.138) - "...NEW FAVORITE delivers, which is plenty..."
Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.93) - "...The bluegrass scene is now officially in touch with its feminine side..."
Disc 1
1 Let Me Touch You For Awhile
2 Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn, The
3 Lucky One, The
4 Choctaw Hayride
5 Crazy Faith
6 Momma Cried
7 I'm Gone
8 Daylight
9 Bright Sunny South
10 Stars
11 It All Comes Down To You
12 Take Me For Longing
13 New Favorite

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Another great CD by GLD on Jul 24, 2002