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Paper Airplane

Alison Krauss and Union Station, Alison KraussAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B00484HYPS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Paper Airplane
2. Dustbowl Children
3. Lie Awake
4. Lay My Burden Down
5. My Love Follows You Where You Go
6. Dimming Of The Day
7. On The Outside Looking In
8. Miles To Go
9. Sinking Stone
10. Bonita and Bill Butler
11. Opening Farewell

Editorial Reviews

2011 album from the Grammy-winning Bluegrass artist and her acclaimed musical cohorts Union Station, their first album together since 2004's Lonely Runs Both Ways. The players are five distinct personalities who come together to form something truly unique as a band. Each bandmate has his own bustling career, but when these singular musicians come together. they're an airtight unit devoted to the process of making music together. Indeed, their connection is so dose and deep that they've come to think of each other as family Produced by Krauss and Union Station. with studio legend Mike Shipley engineering and mixing, Paper Airplane contains 11 songs of poignancy and austere beauty. chosen with the impeccable taste and unerring intuition that have characterized her entire body of work, delivered by this world-class unit with an immediacy that goes beyond mere virtuosity.

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93 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE the 17 Track Version! April 13, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I guess I'm fortunate I still buy CD's and do not download. I went to the Target Store today and purchased the new Alison Krauss and Union Station CD. I bought the last one they had in stock with the 6 Bonus Tracks. I especially love "These Days". It is actually better than some of the other 11 tracks originally released. There are 3 additional new tracks in all, and 3 live performances from their live concert CD from 2003. Tracks I really enjoy from the main 11 songs are, Paper Airplane, My Love Follows You Where You Go (Very Upbeat), Dimming of the Day, Sinking Stone, and My Opening Farewell. Of course, Alison displays that Angelic voice in "Dimming of the Day". This will surely be a major hit. Buy the Target CD, it is very much worth it. All three of the new bonus tracks has Alison on lead.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch a Ride on This Airplane April 12, 2011
Format:Audio CD
(Note: A 17-track version of the album - including three songs that did not make the cut of the standard CD - is available at Target stores as of this writing.)

In the simplest terms, Alison Krauss and Union Station have once again made an immaculate, blissfully crafted record with "Paper Airplane," their first studio release in over six years.

This may be the most notice a Krauss album gets - solo or with Union Station - thanks to the unprecedented success of "Raising Sand," her Grammy-guzzling 2007 collaborative effort with Robert Plant. Happily, this has not given rise to a more commercial sound. There is no noticeable alteration to the gorgeously textured bluegrass palettes or evergreen melodies that are by now synonymous with Krauss and Union Station.

The profoundly beautiful title track is buoyed gently by Krauss's honeysuckle voice, as is the calming lullaby of "Dimming of the Day." The overall sound of the album is more aggressive in tone and feel, however, exemplified by the haunting, pungent "My Love Follows You Where You Go" and "Sinking Stone," which just avoids country music cliches with its end-of-relationship goodbyes thanks to smart, thoughtful lyrics, buttery harmonies and, as always, intense, well-oiled instrumentation.

"Lie Awake," an examination of being stuck at a major crossroads, accentuates the album with a great deal of tension yet, as with quieter selections such as "Lay My Burden Down," the end result is intoxicating - a pleasure for the ears even without considering the lyrics.

Three selections are sung by Union Station member Dan Tyminski with control and a sincere, unstudied quality that is most pleasing. They keep the pulse of the listening experience invigorated and free-flowing.
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77 of 93 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Barely Takes Off April 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
How can Alison Krauss and Union Station go wrong? Impeccable talents all, their fantastic ensemble skills are very much in evidence here. And of course there's Alison's gorgeous voice. Why then only 3 "It's OK" stars? Well, Alison has set the bar so high over her long career that I just expect much more from her. Her spectacular fiddle skills have largely gone by the wayside since her early hard-core bluegrass days -- a shame, in my opinion -- but I guess somebody decided it's not ladylike for a country diva to wail on the fiddle like her male counterparts might get to do (if there ARE any male counterparts who both sing AND play fiddle as well as she does.) So what we've got here is a beautifully performed but middle-of-the-road album with occasional high moments but, on the whole, a monochromatic effort. Dan Tyminski contributes a few good lead vocals, and Jerry Douglas on dobro is always welcomed. But Alison phones it in. I miss the soulful wailing of "Oh, Atlanta." Overall, the song choice is not inspiring, certainly not as interesting as it has been on albums like SO LONG SO WRONG, for example. And on a great song like Richard Thompson's "Dimming of the Day," the result is pretty, but lackluster. Listen to Bonnie Raitt or Linda Thompson sing this haunting tune and understand its true meaning. It's all there in the poetry, but Alison sounds like her mind was on something else. On a positive note, I kind of like "Sinking Stone," and the last cut, Jackson Browne's "My Opening Farewell," has a message I can relate to.

I've been following Alison's career since she was a teenager and have seen her in person more times than I can count. She's one of my all-time favorite artists.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Alison Krauss ever! July 13, 2011
By Ginagkg
Format:Audio CD
Beautiful. Serene. The imagery created in this album is as imaculate as the music found on it. Alison's ethereal, dream-like voice has never been better placed. Unique rhythms along with traditional bluegrass and country contributes to one of my favorite albums ever. What a gift. Buy this album. You will not regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 15, 2011
By 49762
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Alison is my favorite, but this album is not up to her usual standards. The only number on the CD that I bothered to rip for my MP3 player was "Dimming of the Day", which is really good. I should have downloaded that song and passed on the rest....
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Live 'Bonus' Tracks Were Previously Released May 4, 2011
Format:Audio CD
3 of the 6 'Bonus' tracks in this 'Deluxe' version were part of Alison's 2002 "Live" CD. You will be paying a HUGE premium for just 3 new tracks, not 6. (If you must have this edition, by it at It is much cheaper there.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This is truly a Great CD. There is nothing that I do not like about it.
Alison Krauss is a great singer and it shows in this CD.
Published 17 days ago by Lj005
4.0 out of 5 stars Music
Cause my brother in law like her music. He has enjoyed the CD with great pleasure. Sorry you ask for such a long review.
Published 27 days ago by Karoline Gullickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Angelic voice
Alison Krauss has the voice of an angel. I always enjoy listening to her, and I especially like singing along to the Paper Airplane song.
Published 29 days ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music!
I love this CD! The musicians are out of this world excellent ! Listening to it has become a regular part of my life.
Published 1 month ago by Marcia Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
If you like Alison Krauss, Blue grass, Folk, Country or are a music lover...GET THIS! You will love it too. It's thought provoking, soulful... Read more
Published 1 month ago by terry duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars Alison Krauss always pleases.
The lyrics, vocals and musicality of Paper Airplane are hauntingly beautiful -- but I really loved this entire Krauss and Union Station album.
Published 1 month ago by Katie Sutton
2.0 out of 5 stars The Fall
The demise of one of the great groups of all time has come at last. Much great music in their catalog but we have now the sad end to this enterprise with the release of Paper... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T Bradford Wilemon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Purchased 2 of these CD's one for myself and one for my father. As usual Allison Krauss and Union Station deliver and incredicle CD. If you are a fan this is a must have.
Published 1 month ago by Angela Brumbaugh
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Allison Krause, the set is pretty average.
Too many songs sound the same and fewer instrumental rips than expected. Not many songs with the great bluegrass sound that what I expect from them. Still, easy to listen to.
Published 2 months ago by Randy Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Paper Airplane- modern Bluegrass
Great modern blue grass music with Alison Krauss and Union Station, I listen to it while driving. All the cuts are good, but my favorites are cuts 1, 5, 7, and 11. Buy it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Dwight. Brown
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Target version has 3 more songs & 3 live cuts
The Target version has 17 tracks, not 18. Three are new cuts from the PA sessions, and 3 are reruns from the 2003 Live album. It was probably Rounder's decision to release a Deluxe Edition, with AKUS' consent. But really, it should have been a 14-track album from the start. Eleven tracks adding... Read more
May 21, 2011 by Rufus T. |  See all 5 posts
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