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Lonely Runs Both Ways

Lonely Runs Both Ways

4.6 9
by Alison Krauss
In the realm of exploring what the heart yearns for, Alison Krauss and Union Station have few peers, and Lonely Runs Both Ways, in both title and content, emphasizes that fact most profoundly. This time out Krauss turns to one of her favorite songwriters, Robert Lee Castleman, for four songs of typically penetrating insight


In the realm of exploring what the heart yearns for, Alison Krauss and Union Station have few peers, and Lonely Runs Both Ways, in both title and content, emphasizes that fact most profoundly. This time out Krauss turns to one of her favorite songwriters, Robert Lee Castleman, for four songs of typically penetrating insight into romantic and spiritual longing, including the somber, searching "Gravity" and the slow-boiling, dobro-rich "Restless." Castleman's "Doesn't Have to Be This Way," all moaning dobro and keening, heartbroken singing, is one of the most moving explications of utter loneliness and desperation Krauss has ever committed to disc. Dan Tyminski takes the lead on Del McCoury's soaring bluegrass toe-tapper "Rain Please Go Away," Tyminski's appealing mountain vocal (certainly familiar to fans of O Brother) supported by Krauss's vibrant fiddle solo. Tyminski shines again on a spare, evocative version of Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty," and Union Station's secret weapon, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Ron Block, jumps in for a stirring vocal on the terse, driving "I Don't Have to Live This Way"; Block also penned the album closer, "A Living Prayer," a quiet, gospel meditation for finger-picked acoustic guitar and Krauss's soulful whisper of a vocal. If it seems like Alison Krauss and Union Station can do no wrong, well, it's not an illusion. They're in a powerful groove right now, and the competition seems forever to be in catch-up mode. Instrumentally and vocally, for technical virtuosity and deeply felt emotional commitment, this band is simply incomparable.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Alison Krauss & Union Station continue their winning streak on the aptly titled Lonely Runs Both Ways. While they have in some part grown away from their earthy, rollicking bluegrass roots, they've been able to craft a really polished and honest-sounding brand of mid-American adult contemporary that never dips into the schlockiness of mainstream AC or the formula-driven sound of young country. Instead, Krauss, co-songwriter Dan Tyminski, and the Station dig deep into the classic themes of rural American music, polishing them with terrific production, the finest instrumentation, and two of the best voices around. Lonely Runs Both Ways shifts back and forth between Krauss' angelic love songs and Tyminski's earthier tales of rain, roads, and rivers, with one blazing Jerry Douglas-led instrumental entitled "Unionhouse Branch." Banjo player Ron Block takes a vocal turn on his own "I Don't Have to Live This Way," but allows Krauss to take vocal lead on another of his songs (and the album's highlight), "A Living Prayer." This gentle lullaby rocks the album to sleep with its light instrumentation and quietly soaring vocals, appropriately putting the ribbon on the whole tidy package. Although bluegrass purists may long for the days when Krauss rosined up her fiddle with the Cox Family, the pure beauty and craftsmanship of Alison Krauss & Union Station's more commercial sound is undeniable, and somehow they manage to avoid sounding slick and formulaic, still retaining the spark of honesty that seems to be missing from the recordings of so many of their contemporaries. While the group made plenty of longtime fans nervous with its sexed-up 2001 release, New Favorite, Lonely Runs Both Ways should reinstill their faith in the fact that this band is far and away the best contemporary bluegrass act recording today.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alison Krauss   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Viola,Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Barry Bales   Bass,Bass (Vocal),Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Ron Block   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Dan Tyminski   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Alison Brown   Composer
Jerry Douglas   Composer
Alison Krauss   Composer
Del McCoury   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Ron Block   Composer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Sidney Cox   Composer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
John Scott Sherrill   Composer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Gillian Welch   Composer
Alison Krauss & Union Station   Producer,Audio Production
David Rawlings   Composer
Robert Lee Castleman   Composer
Sarah Siskind   Composer
Donna Hughes   Composer
Mindy Smith   Composer
Melanie Castleman   Composer

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Lonely Runs Both Ways 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with the CD when I received it. This is because I had read in a review that it contained "Whiskey Lullaby". Unfortunately, THAT song was the reason why I had decided to purchase this selection for my daughter for Christmas instead of another item that she had shown some interest in. Well, guess what? Song isn't on there. My daughter loves Allison Kraus and country music, but not bluegrass. I let her have this Christmas present early so we could play this CD. She LOVES the songs where Allison sings lead. She tries to become "well-rounded" in her taste of music, I guess you could say, and is listening to some of the true bluegrass on the CD. However, she mainly skips through those songs when she isn't in the mood for her self-taught music appreciation class! Like I said, if you love country music, this is a good CD (especially if you love Allison Krauss)...and if you love bluegrass, this will be a great CD for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a huge Allison Krauss fan since I found Forget About It, their 1999 release (also highly recommended) and fell in love with Allison Krauss' voice and haunting lyrics. While that album focused largely on Allison herself, this time Union Station is given their moments to shine, and both deliver beautifully. The lyrics are deep and once again Allison knows just how to convey their emotion and meaning perfectly. Union Station livens things up a bit and gives the album a more rootsy feel. One of the most memorable albums I've heard in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is the best CD they've ever made. they've never lost their touch and really come across as a very refined and complete band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Alison Krauss and Union Station CD, and I love it. I discovered them from the special they had with Shania Twain because I’m a huge Shania fan, and I usually listen to new country or pop type music. But this CD is amazing, refreshing, and angelic all rapped up in one. If you enjoy traditional sounds, or just need a good CD to relax to, this CD is for you. Alison’s voice is angelic and the music is so soothing. I must admit I like the songs where she sings better, but even the ones with the male vocalist are okay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard Allison Krauss on the "O Brother Where Art Thou" cd (also a must have) and fell in love with her soothing voice, haunting meoldies, and timeless and soulful lyrics. I might just be a convert to bluegrass!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a new listener, I am hooked on this CD and just purchased a second one as a gift for my mom. Krauss has a soothing, angelic voice and the Bluegrass pieces are so darned catchy. I love it!
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