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Lonely Runs Both Ways, Alison Krauss & Union Station
Lonely Runs Both Ways is the twelfth album by bluegrass and country music group Alison Krauss and Union Station.
The resurgence in bluegrass music in America is partly due to Krauss and the film soundtrack to O Brother Where Art Thou which she had a large hand in making a success. She began singing at an early age and recorded her first album at the age of 16 in 1987. Since then she has sung with Union Station as well as playing second fiddle (ho ho) to Robert Plant on their recent amazing album 'Raising Sand'.
Prior to Raising Sand, Krauss again worked with Union Station on Lonely Runs Both Ways. By her own admission she feels the album was a little rushed, but that Union Station still has a huge future in front of them, especially in terms of musical development.
If you want a decent bluegrass album to start off your collection, then anything by Alison Krauss is a safe bet. If you liked the sound of O Brother Where Art Thou's soundtrack , then this is more of the same.
With their wealth of mountain musical history in the bag, Union Station are a fantastic ensemble. It feels so authentic and organic. My only real problem with the album is the songs aren't that memorable or catchy - there's certainly enough for a hoedown of some sorts, but lyrically the album feels quite weak.
That is a real shame because the actual musical ability of the group is amazing. The songs that do stand out are their instrumental interludes and covers of classic country songs like Woody Guthrie's 'Pastures of Plenty'. It's good to see that the band hasn't gone down too far the AOR path and disposed of their actual craft of creating authentic bluegrass music. They could so easily have turned into something like The Corrs, but thank God they've kept it real.
Of course you also have the amazing vocal talent of Alison Krauss. Krauss has the vocal ability of all the great country singers from Dolly Parton to Emmylou Harris, but also has the ability to exude great emotion through her voice.
Amazingly enough the album went to the top of the American bluegrass charts and showed once again that Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski's blend of authentic bluegrass can sound fresh and contemporary.
Honest and classy, Lonely Runs Both Ways is the sound of true Americana.
1. "Gravity" - 3:36 (Robert Lee Castleman)
2. "Restless" - 2:51 (Robert Lee Castleman)
3. "Rain Please Go Away" - 2:29 (Del McCoury)
4. "Goodbye Is All We Have" - 3:53 (Sarah Siskind)
5. "Unionhouse Branch" - 2:56 (Jerry Douglas)
6. "Wouldn't Be So Bad" - 3:11 (David Rawlings, Gillian Welch)
7. "Pastures of Plenty" - 3:45 (Woody Guthrie)
8. "Crazy As Me" - 3:14 (Melanie Castleman, Robert Lee Castleman)
9. "Borderline" - 3:26 (Sidney Cox, Suzanne Cox)
10. "My Poor Old Heart" - 3:08 (Donna Hughes)
11. "This Sad Song" - 2:21 (Alison Brown, Alison Krauss)
12. "Doesn't Have to Be This Way" - 3:34 (Robert Lee Castleman}
13. "I Don't Have to Live This Way" - 2:04 (Ron Block)
14. "If I Didn't Know Any Better" - 3:48 (John Scott Sherrill, Mindy Smith)
15. "A Living Prayer" - 3:35 (Ron Block)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
3 Rain Please Go Away
4 Goodbye Is All We Have
5 Unionhouse Branch
6 Wouldn't Be So Bad
7 Pastures Of Plenty
8 Crazy As Me
10 My Poor Old Heart
11 This Sad Song
12 Doesn't Have To Be This Way
13 I Don't Have To Live This Way
14 If I Didn't Know Any Better
15 Living Praye