Monday, October 29, 2007

Alison Krauss and Robert Plant RAISING SAND

I'm one of the people who just never got Zeppelin. The music seemed too derivative, filled with power but lacking nuance. When it came to guitar heroes, I preferred the passion of Clapton to the cosmic pounding of Page. When it came to the bravado filled, drenched torso lead singer prototype, give me Roger Daltrey over Robert Plant, thank you, check please.

It was with gleeful trepidation that I approached the Alison Krauss/Plant collaboration, Raising Sand. The melding of AK's ethereal soprano and RP's bellowing would have to be memorable, even if only in a "so bad, it's good" way. What a pleasant surprise! Robert's voice is soothing, aching and complements Alison's in a seamless way that really fits the material of oldschool, Southern covers. The album really sounds great on first listen and continues to grow on you. Highly recommended for fans of any genre of soulful music.

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