Paper Airplane

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Anyone who's paid attention to Alison Krauss' musical career, with and without Union Station, had to wonder what would happen after the unprecedented success of 2007's Raising Sand, her collaboration with Robert Plant. For her, the next logical move was to reunite with US, who had been dormant since 2004's Lonely Runs Both Ways and whose members all had busy solo careers. Given the long layoff, Paper Airplane was produced by US and engineered and mixed by Mike Shipley. According to Krauss, it was harder to complete than any previous album.Thankfully, it doesn't sound like it. It is a melancholy record, its songs largely revolve around themes of trial and perseverance. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Anyone who's paid attention to Alison Krauss' musical career, with and without Union Station, had to wonder what would happen after the unprecedented success of 2007's Raising Sand, her collaboration with Robert Plant. For her, the next logical move was to reunite with US, who had been dormant since 2004's Lonely Runs Both Ways and whose members all had busy solo careers. Given the long layoff, Paper Airplane was produced by US and engineered and mixed by Mike Shipley. According to Krauss, it was harder to complete than any previous album.Thankfully, it doesn't sound like it. It is a melancholy record, its songs largely revolve around themes of trial and perseverance. The title track that opens the record is a lilting country ballad written by Robert Lee Castleman and informed by Krauss' own recent life experiences. Her vocal is wrenching; it's utterly vulnerable in expressing love's loss, yet it's steely in its resolve, recognizing an eventual emergence. Peter Rowan's minor-key bluegrass stomper "Dust Bowl Children" features Dan Tyminski's trademark vocal. It's angry, bewildered, and determined. The interplay between Ron Block's banjo, Barry Bales' driving bassline, and Jerry Douglas' dobro is earthy, lean, and mean. Brother Viktor Krauss and Angel Snow contributed "Lie Awake," a spooky, broken love song full of swooping dobro and Krauss' forlorn fiddle. Only US could empathically back her searching, desperate vocal. Paper Airplane is sequenced beautifully. The reading of Richard Thompson's "Dimming of the Day" is the hinge piece on the record (and rivals the title track for the best thing here). This is Krauss' finest vocal performance this time out; although it doesn't rival Linda Thompson's original, it doesn't need to: it's devastating in expressing raw need, loss, and emptiness from a protagonist in the middle of a time of trial. Sidney Cox's "Bonita and Bill Butler" is a banjo-driven seafaring tragedy sung exquisitely by Tyminski before Paper Airplane closes with a stellar cover of Jackson Browne's "My Opening Farewell," which brings the album full circle, leaving the listener to meditate upon life's many episodes. Krauss' version wrings more sheer acceptance from the lyrics than Browne's own does. Paper Airplane is very polished -- pristine, even -- but there isn't an extra thing on it. It feels organic and authentic, allowing plenty of room for the emotional power in these songs to come forth. Union Station proves once more that it is a contemporary bluegrass outfit that makes no concession to contemporary country music.
Entertainment Weekly - Mikael Wood
Exactingly performed and lushly produced, Paper Airplane exudes a bone-deep tranquillity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2011
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661066526
  • Catalog Number: 610665
  • Sales rank: 10,699

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Paper Airplane - Union Station (3:36)
  2. 2 Dust Bowl Children - Union Station (3:06)
  3. 3 Lie Awake - Union Station (3:55)
  4. 4 Lay My Burden Down - Union Station (3:52)
  5. 5 My Love Follows You Where You Go - Union Station (4:03)
  6. 6 Dimming of the Day - Union Station (5:20)
  7. 7 On the Outside Looking In - Union Station (3:35)
  8. 8 Miles to Go - Union Station (2:54)
  9. 9 Sinking Stone - Union Station (4:42)
  10. 10 Bonita and Bill Butler - Union Station (4:03)
  11. 11 My Opening Farewell - Union Station (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alison Krauss & Union Station Primary Artist
Alison Krauss Indexed Contributor, Fiddle, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Vocal Harmony
Barry Bales Acoustic Bass, Vocal Harmony
Ron Block Banjo, Guitar
Dan Tyminski Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Alison Krauss Producer
Peter Rowan Composer
Jackson Browne Composer
Richard Thompson Composer
Barry Bales Composer
Neal Cappellino Engineer
Sidney Cox Composer
Barry Dean Composer
Viktor Krauss Composer
Tim O'Brien Composer
Mike Shipley Engineer
Brad Blackwood Mastering
Union Station Producer
Lori McKenna Composer
Robert Lee Castleman Composer
Aoife O'Donovan Composer
Jeremy Lister Composer
Angel Snow Composer
Liz Rose Composer
Chris Stapleton Composer
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  • Posted June 8, 2011

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    Still one of the best!

    I have always loved Alison Krauss and her music. Bluegrass happens to be one of my favorite music genres. Dan Tyminski is also a favorite of mine, and I've loved his voice since I found out he sang "Man of Constant Sorrow" in O'Brother. When the first single was released "Paper Airplane", I fell in love with the song. I tend to like sad songs because I wind up being sad a lot, and I could connect with the lyrics in the song and I loved the melody. So I anticipated the release of the album. When it came out, I bought it at Target to get the bonus songs. Good thing I did, because I found another song I love. My faves on the album are: Paper Airplane, My Love Follows You Where You Go, Dimming of the Day, Dust Bowl Children, On the Outside Looking In, and Bonita and Bill Butler. If you have the CD from Target with the bonus songs, I like the songs "These Days" and "Every Time You Say Goodbye" as well. Great album! Hoping to see them on tour!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2011

    Their best studio album

    Solid from beginning to end. Should be showcased on their upcoming tour.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    A paper airplane that soars

    I have found that, Union Station never lets me down! I've only seen them live twice, and both times left the show in awe. AS for Alison, what can I say? One of the cleanest, and most honest voices I've ever heard. Her voice is as pure live as it is on record.
    The choice of songs on this CD, two of which I recall from Bonnie Raitts', "Road Tested", leaves me wanting more.
    Dan Tyminskis' vocals always add a nice contrast. The mixing, and production quality of this CD is outstanding.
    If you live under a rock some place, and have never heard Alison and Union Station. Get your head out of the dirt!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2011

    Mediocre

    Expected better after 7 years. A couple of high spots but not enough of them to make this cd worth the wait.

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