Alison Krauss & Union Station
Paper Airplane (Rounder, 2011)
Paper Airplane reunites Alison Krauss, one of the finest voices in the American roots music scene, with Union Station, the formidable band of acoustic music instrumentalists that has characterized her sound for many years. One of the pillars of Union Station is resophonic lap steel guitar virtuoso Jerry Douglas, who performs his unmistakable twangy guitar solos throughout the album.
The music on Paper Airplane is contemporary bluegrass at its best. Alison Krauss and Union Station craft beautiful songs that are easy to assimilate, while at the same they add superb musical elements rooted in American bluegrass tradition.
Paper Airplane comes in two versions. The regular retail version contains 11 pieces. American department store chain Target has released a special extended edition, with a total of 17 tracks. I recommend gettng the Target edition because of the extra tracks, including three exclusive studio songs – “These Days” and “A Place Outside,” both written by Angel Snow and Krauss’ brother, Viktor Krauss; and “Frozen Fields,” composed by Jeff Black and Jon Randall. Three bonus live tracks also available on the album: “We Hide & Seek,” “Faraway Land” and “Every Time You Say Goodbye.” The deluxe version is definitely worth the money.
Paper Airplane is contemporary bluegrass of the highest caliber performed by an array of top talent.
Buy the album or MP3 downloads:
In North America:
- Target deluxe edition: at Target stores or target.com
- regular CD or MP3s at Amazon.com: Paper Airplane.
In Europe: Paper Airplane.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.