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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B00484HYPS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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96 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Black on 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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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on 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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84 of 100 people found the following review helpful By A reader VINE VOICE on April 23, 2011
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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 By Ginagkg on July 13, 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 49762 on May 15, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T Bradford Wilemon on March 8, 2014
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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 Airplane. The recording is shockingly bad which is always a sign that things are crashing. The instruments are thin sounding and poorly mixed. The glorious tones on Ron Block's banjo are gone as is his wonderful voice on this recording for some strange reason, replaced by Jerry Douglas. Douglas sings? That alone should raise a flag. Alison's astonishing voice is smeared and dull sounding. It's the way things have gone with other groups such as Nickel Creek and the Dixie Chicks. The advent of earplugs and MP3 players has cast the recording process out of the realm of quality sound and in to the homogenized pool of on the move low fidelity.

With a million songs give or take to choose from out there - we have yet another version of "Dimming of the Day". Yes, a good song but it's been recorded by virtually everybody......yes, really, everyone! The rest of the songs are average at best. The arrangements are prosaic, uninspired and thrown together sounding. Where's the innovation? Where is the passion? Where's the beauty? The cover photo tells the story: they look bored and non-caring. Just as I felt listening to the CD.
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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
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