Friday, August 22, 2008

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand

The penultimate album in our look through this year's Nationwide Mercury Prize nominees is a collaboration between a classic rocker and the unofficial queen of bluegrass. The unexpected union of former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant with country diva Alison Krauss has an amazingly timid chemistry. It seems as though both are trying not to offend; the quiet joining of two legends with sparse instrumentation exposes a deeply human record. The music's not my style at all, but I can see why this album merits an NMP nomination. I hope they leave the album count at one, because at this point I think they'd be too comfortable with each other to produce this magic again.


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