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  • Audio CD (November 8, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: November 8, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B000UMQDHC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (821 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The musical collaboration of the decade, Raising Sand is the sound of two iconic figures stepping out of their respective comfort zones and letting their instincts lead them across a brave new sonic landscape. Despite hailing from distinctly different backgrounds, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant share a maverick spirit and willingness to extend the boundaries of their respective genres. This spirit, expertly honed by producer T Bone Burnett, has resulted in an album pitched three steps beyond some cosmic collision of early urban blues, spacious West Texas country, and the untapped potential of the folk-rock revolution.

Supported by the unparalleled musicianship of Marc Ribot, Dennis Crouch, Mike Seeger, Jay Bellerose, Norman Blake, Greg Leisz, Patrick Warren, and Riley Baugus, Plant and Krauss -- as both solo and harmony vocalists -- tackle an intriguing selection of songs from such tunesmiths as Tom Waits, Gene Clark, Sam Phillips, Townes Van Zandt, The Everly Broth! ers, and Mel Tillis. Raising Sand finds Robert Plant and Alison Krauss exploring popular music's elemental roots while still sounding effortlessly, breath-takingly contemporary.

The song "Killing the Blues" is featured in the new JC Penney American Living Campaign.

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Perhaps only the fantasy duo of King Kong and Bambi could be a more bizarre pairing than Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Yet on Raising Sand, their haunting and brilliant collaboration, the Led Zeppelin screamer and Nashville's most hypnotic song whisperer seem made for each other. This, however, is not the howling Plant of "Whole Lotta Love," but a far more precise and softer singer than even the one who emerged with Dreamland (2002). No matter that Plant seems so subdued as to be on downers, for that's one of the keys to this most improbable meeting of musical galaxies--almost all of it seems slowed down, out of time, otherworldly, and at times downright David Lynch-ian, the product of an altered consciousness. Yet probably the main reason it all works so well is the choice of producer T Bone Burnette, the third star of the album, who culled mostly lesser-known material from some of the great writers of blues, country, folk, gospel, and R&B, including Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, Milt Campbell, the Everly Brothers, Sam Phillips, and A.D. and Rosa Lee Watson. At times, Burnette's spare and deliberate soundscape--incisively crafted by guitarists Marc Ribot and Norman Blake, bassist Dennis Crouch, drummer Jay Bellerose, and multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger, among others--is nearly as dreamy and subterranean as Daniel Lanois's work with Emmylou Harris (Wrecking Ball). Occasionally, Burnette opts for a fairly straightforward production while still reworking the original song (Plant's own "Please Read the Letter," Mel Tillis's "Stick with Me, Baby"). But much of the new flesh on these old bones is oddly unsettling, if not nightmarish. On the opening track of "Rich Woman," the soft-as-clouds vocals strike an optimistic mood, while the instrumental backing--loose snare, ominous bass line, and insinuating electric guitar lines--create a spooky, sinister undertow. Plant and Krauss trade out the solo and harmony vocals, and while they both venture into new waters here (Krauss as a mainstream blues mama, Plant as a gospel singer and honkytonker), she steals the show in Sam Phillips' new "Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us," where a dramatic violin and tremulous banjo strike a foreboding gypsy tone. When Krauss begins this strange, seductive song in a voice so ethereal that angels will take note, you may stop breathing. That, among other reasons, makes Raising Sand an album to die for. --Alanna Nash

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The songs and the sounds are too much the same.
Patricia A. Jones
Perfect link if you loved Robert Plant and Enjoy the beautiful voice of Alison Krauss.
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I have really enjoyed listening to this CD - the more times, the better it gets.
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283 of 310 people found the following review helpful By Dave Goldberg on October 30, 2007
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This is wonderful listening. Even more, it's truly significant. That's in part because of the reaction _ I don't how many times in the last few months I've read about what seems to "critics'' and others to be a truly strange pairing. Something like: "You'd never expect two singers so far apart to team up, but it seems to work.''

That's nonsense (except the part about it working _ it doesn't "seem,'' it's real.) That's because the "critics'' and others put music in boxes and can't understand a pairing of "bluegrass,'' (the quotes are intentional) and heavy metal. This is Americana, but Americana as interpreted by Plant, Krauss and T-Bone Burnett that transcends category in a way that few albums do. Look on top. How many different categories does it rank No. 1. _ Rock, pop, folk, international. That's what music should be but too often isn't because the folks who run record companies and radio stations want to put music in the narrowest possible category.

It's also a breakthrough for all three artists, including Burnett, but especially Krauss, who in her last few albums has boxed herself in with very nice listenable material that's too often predictable. A couple of the albums won Grammys(she has 20)and they're incredibly well produced and performed, but after a while one Robert Lee Castleman song turns into another and the effect is underwhelming.

On this one, she uses all her talents, even, perhaps even as the excellent producer she is _ Burnett clearly took her advice and Plant's on some of the songs. Her country/bluegrass fiddle turns into gypsy violin on "Sister Rosetta,'' producing a haunting effect that's rarely heard in this kind of music.
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154 of 173 people found the following review helpful By A* VINE VOICE on October 22, 2007
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I have been waiting on this disc. I mean really waiting, like marking off the days on a calendar waiting. We don't have to go over the basics, how Plant and Krauss are gifts from the VOCAL GODS!! But what surprises me about this disc is how understated it all is. The music is the winner here -- well, the listener is.

The opening song "Rich Woman" with its elastic bass line and krauss almost purring into an oft-kilter bluesy tone is pure magic, but its also eerie as all get out. But so is most of this disc. It's almost as if Burnett turned up the gothic horror to a Tim Burton soundtrack and planted it down in the South.

Clark's "Through the Morning, Through the Night," gets more than an honest reading, the harmony between the two bleeds into one soft cushion that hugs the melody. And is honest and bitterly romantic. Wait's "Trampled Rose" gets another great reading, with Krauss howling just above a thumping beat. "Killing The Blues" gives Plants voice such softness and lilt that for some reason it reminds me of vintage Righteous Brothers.

The disc is excellent, and so far is my running for album of the year. They have taped an episode for CMT Crossroads and they have both stated that they are more than willing to work with each other again. And I will be marking off those days as well on my calendar. A gem of an album from two amazing singers with extremely rare gifts.
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94 of 110 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2007
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A self-named "Led Head" friend of mine told me about this CD. His thoughts were that the world as we knew it was coming to end when Robert Plant joined up with a 'country musician'. Having somewhat more eclectic tastes--I didn't think so.

What a treat to open the CD and hear "Rich Woman" on Halloween. A.D.D's headliner review gives the best description of the Southern Gothic 'feel'.

Another particularly eerie song is "Fortune Teller," where Plant sings the tale of a young man who goes to a fortune teller and discovers that he will fall in love with the first woman he sees--which turns out to be the Fortune Teller herself--now he's happy as can be and he gets his fortune told for free. (Yup, corny as KS--but the sound is very cool!)

For the most part, the music will probably suit Alison Krauss fans more than Plant's, but Plant's fans need to listen--just to hear how strong the man can be on soft music.

The best of any profession are the people who raise the bar for the rest. The test of a great collaborative work is -- is the whole better than the sum of its parts? Plant, Krauss, and Burnett started out at the top of their respective forms, but this CD is truly a masterwork among their individual collections, too. "Raising Sand" is going to open the door for a long more mind-bending work.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ian Chalmers on October 25, 2007
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When I heard about this CD, in a really twisted way it made all sorts of sense. I had to get it. I wasn't disappointed.

I grew up getting stoned to Black Dog, Kashmir, Misty Mountain Hop, Immigrant Song, the whole shebang. In the eighties, while I was buying Robert's solo records, I discovered this odd-ball Texan named T Bone Burnett with his own take on life and morality and art that really made me sit up and take notice. And lately I've been turned on by a mean fiddle player with an ethereal voice named Alison Krauss.

The Brits have always been taking American music of all genres far more seriously than we ourselves have (what's that about prophets in their own land?), and feeding it back to us in ways both familiar and alien. If not for Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Slim Harpo, John Lee Hooker, Elvis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Howlin Wolf, etc. etc. etc., would we have ever had Led Zeppelin, The Stones, The Beatles, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Fleetwood Mac, Joe Cocker, Robert Palmer, The Clash, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, etc. etc. etc. (you get the point). And, if you had paid attention to Plant's solo albums, including the foray into 50's pop and ballads as The Honeydrippers, you would know that he is more than capable of handling subtler vocal stylings (in other words, he really can sing).

Alison Krauss (aside from the fact that if angels were capable of so base an emotion as envy, her voice would rank high on their hit list) has been, from the start, deeply grounded in the rich veins of musical and artistic ore that the Brits have been so profitably mining for decades.

But for me, the real clincher on this deal was T Bone as producer.
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Good pairing, but ...
I heard that track, as well as the rest of the album and I can't seem to locate any of that over the top sort of singing from Robert Plant. He knows when and when not to use it. This album isn't the place for such things and if you want my opinion, I think this is a strong album for what it is... Read More
Sep 29, 2007 by Mark Trine |  See all 48 posts
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBERT PLANT!
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Oct 8, 2007 by A. Brownlow |  See all 9 posts
The Tour
The tour made a stop at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival a few weeks ago. I was reluctant to buy this CD, but live they are absolutely amazing, alternatively quiet, even a cappella, them loud, bombastic. They did at least 4 very different Led Zeppelin songs. In 7 days of the best... Read More
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