Robert Plant/Alison Krauss

Robert Plant/Alison Krauss

Robert Plant/Alison Krauss

Raising Sand

Rounder

“Hey! Let’s put the singer from the greatest metal band in history into a studio with a refined bluegrass fiddler and see what happens,” said the musical gods.

The result, the album Raising Sand, is a gorgeous celebration of music that is perhaps the purest example of duets that I have ever listened to. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss seem to come from different planets yet their voices caress one another in a way that could never be planned. There’s a genuine respect, admiration, and comfort in the way their voices compliment one another that plays like long-lost lovers.

Produced by T Bone Burnett, this collection of songs is borrowed from blues, country, and R&B artists (Tom Waits, Gene Clark, Phil & Don Everly–to name a few) sounds old. That is to say that it sounds like an old classic that has just now been unearthed, buried in the back of a bar in the bayou. If Johnny Cash were still alive today, he’d likely be jamming to this record.

There are no flaws Raising Sand. “Killing the Blues” would give chills to a penguin and is perhaps one of the greatest vocal performances of the past decade. “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)” is rockabilly at its finest. “Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson”–a song that Krauss leads but sings from a male perspective–is as wonderful as The White Stripes’ cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”

Tossed in as an added bonus, perhaps to remind us that Plant’s ties to Zeppelin are stronger than ever, is a cover of the Page/Plant penned “Please Read the Letter” off of 1998’s Walking Into Clarksdale.

Robert Plant/Alison Krauss: www.robertplantalisonkrauss.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    So It Is (Legacy). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017
    From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017

    For the twelfth year, the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) in Los Angeles showcased an impressive lineup of new features and shorts. Lily and Generoso Fierro provide a festival wrap up and their picks for the films that you cannot miss.

  • Justin Townes Earle
    Justin Townes Earle

    Kids In The Street (New West Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Rebel Ruler (Ropeadope / Stretch Music). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Kivanç Sezer
    Kivanç Sezer

    Turkish director Kivanç Sezer’s powerful debut feature, My Father’s Wings, puts the spotlight on the workplace safety crisis that is currently taking place in his homeland. Lily and Generoso Fierro spoke with Sezer at SEEFest 2017 about his film and his need to draw attention to this issue.

  • Temples
    Temples

    Supporting their just-released sophomore record, UK synth-pop poster boys, Temples, attracted an SRO crowd to one of Orlando’s premier nightspots.

  • Rat Film
    Rat Film

    Baltimore. Rats. A match made in Maryland.

  • Bishop Briggs
    Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs brings a stacked bill of up and comers to Orlando for a sold-out party at The Social. Jen Cray joins in the fun.

  • Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
    Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

    There’s more than black music influencing the evolution of Rock and Roll. Native American rhymes and ideas are every bit as significant, once you know to look for them.

  • Keith Morris
    Keith Morris

    Ink 19 slings a few questions to the punk rock pioneer Keith Morris on Trump, Calexit and looking back.

From the Archives