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Raising Sand

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Slips up on you ... and kills the blues

I have been listening to this ever since it came out. My opinion hasn't so much as changed as it has been burnished -- I honestly feel that I, the listener, am a piece of old tarnished metal, and that these two voices just patiently polished and polished and pol...
I have been listening to this ever since it came out. My opinion hasn't so much as changed as it has been burnished -- I honestly feel that I, the listener, am a piece of old tarnished metal, and that these two voices just patiently polished and polished and polished away until they made everything shine. Granted, "Raising Sand" isn't the flashiest thing ever recorded. Both Krauss' "New Favorite" and Plant's "Dreamland" display more fire and energy. But that's not the point here. It's the blending, the stirring, the sanding away and repainting and varnishing and stripping it back ... OK, the metaphors may be getting away from me, but the point is that this album is all about process. It sounds slightly different every time I hear it, and I must be approaching a hundred listenings by now. I can hear their version of "Killing the Blues" six or seven times in a row and pick up nuanced and different inflections every time. One thing about a great vocal duo: There are times you can't quite figure out who's singing lead and who's singing harmony. It's so danged slippery here, so oddly mixed up, that it's just hypnotic. This is an amazing album. But not the kind that hits you on the temple the first time through. Live with it.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Stop The Music!

My wife wanted to know why I was standing on the ledge of a 20 story building.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stop The Music!

    My wife wanted to know why I was standing on the ledge of a 20 story building.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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