Robert Plant / Alison Krauss - Raise The Roof (2xLP Vinyl)

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Reunited after some fourteen years, following the historic success of their first collaboration Raising Sand (2007), which reached #2 on the UK album chart, generated multi-platinum sales, and earned six Grammy Awards including Album and Record of the Year.

 Like its predecessor, Raise The Roof was produced by T Bone Burnett, who worked with Plant and Krauss to expand their collaboration in thrilling new directions, accompanied by drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarists Marc Ribot, David Hidalgo, Bill Frisell, and Buddy Miller, bassists Dennis Crouch and Viktor Krauss, along with pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl among others.

 The album features twelve new recordings of songs by legends and unsung heroes including Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch and more. Other highlights include a Plant-Burnett original, “High and Lonesome,” and the Lucinda Williams classic “Can’t Let Go,” on which Williams herself contributes backing vocals.

 



Two of the most powerful and unique voices in music merge again, 14 years after their last collaboration. I had only heard Raising Sand for the first time a few months ago and immediately fell in love with Plant and Krauss' gorgeously haunting take on Americana. I wasn't expecting any follow-up, but here we are. The duo has not lost a step, as Raise the Roof picks up right where they left off.

Elegantly melancholic, meditative, and sharp, this record works best when Plant and Krauss are harmonizing together. Plant's moody, sprawling voice and Krauss' higher-pitched heart-rending vocals intertwine together in a way that their close harmonies create almost a third voice. Mid-album tracks "Can't Let Go" and "It Don't Bother Me" exemplify this atmosphere, making sure the record doesn't drop off in the middle.

The duo has stockpiled some great folk, R&B, and country tracks—making sure to create their own perspective on the traditional—combing over everyone from Lucinda Williams to Calexico to Bert Jansch. And Krauss and Plant are aided by one of the most phenomenal back-up bands. T-Bone Burnett's production is understated; Marc Ribot's guitarwork is spectral; Jay Bellerose's percussion adds a deserving layer to the instrumentation. It's Plant's and Krauss' vocals who are the stars of the album, but they only get to that level with the brilliance of music behind them.

What's outstanding is that the band isn't just replicating the formula from Raising Sand. They're following that momentum, sure, but Raise the Roof is more of a continuation—an augmentation—of that first album's pensive hopefulness without being a retreading of it.


By: RCalorel



A1 Quattro (World Drifts In)
A2 The Price Of Love
A3 Go Your Way
B1 Trouble With My Lover
B2 Searching For My Love
B3 Can't Let Go
C1 It Don't Bother Me
C2 You Led Me To The Wrong
C3 Last Kind Words Blues
D1 High And Lonesome
D2 Going Where The Lonely Go
D3 Somebody Was Watching Over Me






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