72: New Favorite (Alison Krauss & Union Station)

Album: New Favorite
Artist: Alison Krauss & Union Station
Year: 2001

1. Let Me Touch You For A While
2. The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn (US)
3. The Lucky One
4. Choctaw Hayride (US)
5. Crazy Faith
6. Momma Cried (US)
7. I’m Gone
8. Daylight
9. Bright Sunny South (US)
10. Stars
11. It All Comes Down To You (US)
12. Take Me For Longing
13. New Favorite

Alison Krauss has been a Grammy darling, but her album with Robert Plant notwithstanding, has gotten virtually no love on the charts. Perhaps it’s because bluegrass really doesn’t have a home on the radio, as it straddles both country and adult contemporary. What I do know is that her stuff is better than most of the crap currently on country radio.

New Favorite starts out with an incredible song in Let Me Touch You For A While, probably my favorite by her. We then start the yo-yo between Alison and Dan Tyminski, the lead singer for Union Station. He’s a decent singer, best known for Man of Constant Sorrow, but it’s awkward constantly switching leads on this album. Part of it is that their voices are different, but the general tone of each song swings as well. Alison’s songs, with the exception of Take Me for Longing, feel like pure solos and sound more like contemporary country than bluegrass. Union Station’s songs are pure bluegrass, backed by mandolins, banjos, dobros, and lap steels. It’s jarring, for sure. Especially since the album’s second song is…well, I just don’t care about this boy who wouldn’t hoe corn.

It rebounds quickly with The Lucky One, and the rest of the album remains solid, if unspectacular. Choctaw Hayride is pure instrumental, Union Station at their best. Crazy Faith and New Favorite are also highlights, helping this album round out into one of my favorites.

8 thoughts on “72: New Favorite (Alison Krauss & Union Station)”

  1. Any chance you could add genre to the list of info at the top? It doesn’t have to be very specific, I see that you’re adding it to the tags and often talking about it in the entry, but it would be helpful to see it right at the beginning. It would also make for a quick way to tally up your favorite genres when you complete the list.

    1. I thought about it, but genre is such a flimsy distinction that I don’t really care about it. I’ll go to Wikipedia, and an artist will be listed under four different genres. Which one do I pick? Glam metal? Heavy metal? Hard rock? Punk rock?

      But if there’s high demand I guess I can do it.

  2. Bluegrass is one of those genres where I think ”I should add some good bluegrass to my collection”, but if I did, I bet it wouldn’t get listened to very often.

    I do like Allison Krauss though I can’t say much about this album.

    1. I listen to a decent amount of it, though I occasionally have to remind myself that it exists. It never just jumps to the front of my mind.

  3. I fell in love with her after hearing “Let Me Touch You For A While.” You redded the two I absolutely adore here. I can easily while away a day listening to nothing but Alison Krauss.

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