Alison Krauss

"​Essential Alison Krauss"

(Universal); Bluegrass

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Though beginning her career as a fiddler/violinist it was with the development of her pure, sweet voice that Alison Krauss’ successes really flowered.

Probably most known for her contribution to the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack, it’s quite surprising when one realises that this person, who could quite easily walk untroubled down the Hay Street mall in Perth, has won 26 Grammys - more than any other female artist ever.

And she is still effortlessly churning out music of the highest quality, something which she will, no doubt, be doing for a very long time to come.

If you haven’t already latched on to this stunning talent, this album is a fine introduction.

Handpicked by Krauss herself, the songs are drawn from throughout her catalogue, demonstrating not only her silky singing, but also impressing with the crisp, fresh and punchy musical performances by her musical allies, most of whom form the outfit Union Station, with which she officially alternates her releases.

Equally adept at uptempo boot tappers and tear duct pricking ballads, Krauss and company have recorded some absolute crackers here.

“Let Me Touch You For A While” with its dramatically shifting chorus chords, “Every Time You Say Goodbye” with its rootsy mandolin plucking and glove tight harmonies, the straight as an arrow soprano singing on her live rendition of “Wish I Still Had You”. The highpoints just keep coming.

Distinctive, memorable songs, delivered with sheer class by a singer with the voice of an angel.

Just magic.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.