The last thing you expect to hear at the start of an Alan Jackson album is the first thing you hear at the start of Like Red on a Rose: a drum roll, a gut-string guitar, and an acoustic piano playing a slinky pop-jazz riff. Thus does Alison Krauss introduce herself as AJ's producer, by taking him to a place suggested on some of his country ballads (listen hard to "Anywhere on Earth You Are," and you might even hear a smidgen of melody from his beautiful Christmas song, "Let It Be Christmas"). But this is a full-blown dreamscape of lilting rhythm, silky background vocals, and shimmering choruses more appropriate for a saloon at dawn than a honky-tonk after midnight. Track 2, "Good Imitation of the Blues," gets alternately funky and rocky behind fuzzed-out guitar, popping bass, a quietly ascending string section, and bluesy piano, ultimately taking flight into surging rock ballad territory. This is a new kind of AJ album, referencing pop, rock, and jazz idioms more so than country, and full of dense, atmospheric arrangements in sharp contrast to Jackson's cool, collected vocals. The songs are centered on aspects of love, and Krauss smartly ropes in a writer she's long and properly championed, Robert Lee Castleman, including his elegant invocation of new love in the title song. Krauss joins the band, along with some of her Union Station mates, but the electrifying guitarist Kenny Vaughn steals the show with solos full of fire, fury, and economy of purpose. Meeting Krauss's challenge head-on, Jackson digs deep and emerges a big winner.
Performance CreditsAlan Jackson Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Alison Krauss Strings
Ron Block Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jim Cox fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Viktor Krauss Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Technical CreditsStephen Foster Composer
Jimmy Holiday Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Tim Krekel Composer
Bill LaBounty Composer
Patrick Brayer Composer
Sidney Cox Composer
Alan Jackson Composer
Danny O'Keefe Composer
Herb Pedersen Composer
John Pennell Composer
Eddie Reeves Composer
Roy Freeland Composer
Robert Lee Castleman Composer
Melanie Castleman Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Like Red on a Rose based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
I loved the different than usual musical styling. It is beautiful. It touches your soul.
Female Alan Jackson fans should love this CD--it's extremely romantic and sexy! I've played it over and over since buying it. He's never sounded better to me. Alison Krauss should be very proud.
I really love the music arrangements on this CD and Alan Jackson is sounding great.
I really enjoy Alan Jackson but this far from typical Alan Jackson.I am very disappointed in it and hope he will return to his old type of music.