New Favorite

New Favorite

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by Alison Krauss & Union Station
     
 

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Not only does New Favorite exceed the high standard Alison Krauss set for herself with 1999's solo masterpiece, Forget About It, but it finds the members of Union Station upping their game, too. And don't think Krauss hasn't noticed; she wisely shares the spotlight. Dan Tyminski -- who

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Not only does New Favorite exceed the high standard Alison Krauss set for herself with 1999's solo masterpiece, Forget About It, but it finds the members of Union Station upping their game, too. And don't think Krauss hasn't noticed; she wisely shares the spotlight. Dan Tyminski -- who provided George Clooney's singing voice in O Brother, Where Are Thou? -- gives Krauss a good run for her money in the heart and soul department with a taut and dramatic reading of the traditional folk song, "The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn." The band roll out their collective and individual musical chops on dobro maestro Jerry Douglas's original instrumental, "Choctaw Hayride," a showcase for fancy pickin' and variations on a bright melody shadowed by melancholy. Guitarist Ron Block pitches in with a brutal bit of accusatory folk blues directed at a heartless woman, "It All Comes Down to You." Despite these stellar performances, in the end, it really all comes down to Alison Krauss. Her yearning, whispered sentiments on R. L. Castleman's "Let Me Touch You for Awhile" are as erotic for what's suggested as they are poignant for what's actually said; similarly, the sweetness in her gentle, straightforward delivery of another Castleman gem, "The Lucky One," belies the bitter aftertaste of a one-night stand. The album's closing title song comes by way of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. With Union Station offering discreet, somber support, Krauss nails it -- and the listener -- hard by distancing herself from the emotion, as if she's out of her own body watching her lover betray her for his "new favorite." Quiet and fragile, the deliberately detached singing hits with sledgehammer force, indicative of Krauss's absolute mastery of mood and nuance. New Favorite is a fully realized work of art on every level. God bless Alison Krauss & Union Station.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Following the success of the startlingly popular traditional old-timey soundtrack for the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, contemporary bluegrass pioneers Alison Krauss & Union Station moved in the opposite direction for their 2001 release, New Favorite. While Krauss and Union Station guitarist/vocalist Dan Tyminski got deeply in touch with their dust bowl Americana roots for their work on the film, their follow-up studio album is certainly the slickest, most progressive work they've recorded to date. New Favorite seems almost neatly divided into two albums: one following the same path as Krauss' 1999 contemporary country solo album, Forget About It, and the other helmed by Tyminski, bringing a progressive slant to Union Station's traditional bluegrass feel. The whole album is well crafted (with the exception of Tyminski's laborious, drawn-out "The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn") but will certainly not sit right with certain elements of the band's core audience, which has come to know them as the strongest traditionally based bluegrass act still recording. The whole album feels a little too slick and reverbed out; the brilliant dobro work of Jerry Douglas seems echoey, and at times Krauss' vocals seem to be coming out of some deep studio well. The musicianship, however, is beyond top-notch. The players (specifically banjo player Ron Block and guitarist Tyminski) are among the best in the genre, and the harmonies between the two vocalists are stunning and sine-tingling. Their call and response vocals on "Daylight" serve as the highlight of the album, traced delicately by Douglas' dobro and chilling to the end.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661049529
catalogNumber:
610495
Rank:
3972

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alison Krauss & Union Station   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Viola,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Larry Atamanuik   Percussion,Drums
Barry Bales   Bass,Vocals,Upright Bass
Ron Block   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Dan Tyminski   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Alison Krauss   Arranger,Producer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Dan Tyminski   Engineer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Alison Krauss & Union Station   Producer
Frank Olinsky   Art Direction
Union Station   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Tracy Martinson   Engineer

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New Favorite 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alison's voice is as clear as crystal and as soft as velvet. There are some great songs on this album with varied pace and moods. Instrumentation is wonderful. I was given the CD ''Forget About It'' as a gift (my first bluegrass album) and it will always be my personal favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a Alison Krauss fan, her new CD ''NEW FAVORITE'' is what you need to get. I think it is awesome. It is very relaxing music. most of it anyways. I love Alison Krauss and hope to get more of her CD's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alison Krauss and the members of Union Station are individually all masters of their instruments. They produce a sound that is traditional and modern at the same time. ''Acoustic Rock and Roll'', Alison Krauss called it. This album is full of excellent and memorable tracks - I love the hard driving sound of ''the Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn'' and ''Momma Cried'', but I also appreciate the eerily beautiful voice of Alison Krauss on ''Lucky One'' and ''Let Me Touch You for a While''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was invited to see Alison and the Union Station Band in New Haven, CT about two weeks ago. I had heard of hear, but wasn't familiar with her music. It was a great show! I immediately bought the CD. I'm not a big fan of contemporary ''Pop'' country as we here it today. Alison is able to bring sweet melodies together with great playing, without all of the ''extra'' production. It's straight forward, raw talent. It was beautifully recorded and has a nice variety of songs. Enjoy the CD, you won't regret the purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alison Krauss and Union Station never fail; they are stellar and this album proves it once again. The title song, ''New Favorite'' is hauntingly beautiful. Don't miss this one; and while you're at it, get the rest of this group's CDs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can now say I have heard an Album with balance. Because Alison and Union Station have got it all in this album. From the sweet songbird Alison is. To the raw bassey and guttsy voices of her male companions in the band. Strong bango,slide guitar, and fiddle playing. I remembered first longing and that I WAS THE LUCKY ONE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
GREAT MUSIC +++++++
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Recording is not your average bluegrass back to roots album-it is all of that yet it is poetic and finely istumented. there is nothing simple about this album. Alison's voice is beautiful and haunting with members of union station (dan timinski) preforming more tradtional songs reliving the artistry of ''oh Brother where art thou.'' This is the bluegrass album for bluegrass, adult contemporary, blues, country and gospel listeners.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I can appreciate the talents of Tyminski, who takes lead vocals on several tracks, it does bother me that each of the songs that Krauss sings have the vocals placed further back in the mix--the music is often at the point of drowning out her vocals. She isn't known for a loud, penetrating voice to begin with, but all of her vocals sound like she was 4 feet from the mike when she was singing. Far from thinking that it's never a good idea to branch out, I'm a little disappointed that Krauss' violin playing is pretty much absent and the album as a whole has a slicker, over-produced feel than their earlier work and certainly seems to lack the warmth and emotion of her solo effort 'Forget About It'. Perhaps the burgeoning popularity gained by the success of 'O Brother Where Art Thou' has caused a temporary deviation from the bluegrass roots that have fueled both Krauss and Union Station to the top of their game without making them seem desparate for commercial popularity---God I hope this is TEMPORARY.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been following Alison as long as I can remember. This album is simply INCREDIBLE! Her best to date. Jerry Douglas is also a nice touch. Simply INCREDIBLE!
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