Alison Krauss – Windy City

 

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Alison Krauss may be the most awarded female artist in the history of the Grammy Award, boasting a beyond impressive 28 awards, but for those who have been loyal fans of her solo output, the wait for her fifth solo studio album has been long and winding. While there is no doubt that the work she has done with both Union Station and Robert Plant has suppressed their hunger somewhat, they have still craved the subtle songbird’s solo brilliance. The 18 year wait is finally over with the arrival of Windy City, a collection of cover versions produced by Buddy Cannon. Having already topped the country charts in the States, will Windy City blow her British audience away?

There is no doubt that her loyal legions will rush out in their droves to consume her latest release, but while her vocal is in fine form, there appears to be a missing ingredient in her latest collection. Although impossible to deny that these reworkings are light and pleasant on the ear, they do not move the heart and soul in the way her previous recordings have. With the songs flawless in their delivery, they lack the flawed vulnerability that Krauss showcased on her early releases. In the search of technical brilliance, Krauss has forgotten the feeling that music needs to invoke in its listener to really make it memorable.

While the body whole misses the mark, partly due to the high expectations for anything Krauss releases, there are a few moments of sheer brilliance that make this record an essential listen. Her rendition of The Osborne Brothers and Mac Wiseman’s It’s Goodbye and So Long To You is so spirited that it will stay with you for a lifetime. The ironic delivery of Willie Nelson’s I Never Cared You comes close to being the album stand out, but that honour is given to the truly magical rendition of Roger Miller’s River In The Rain.

Windy City may not have fully justified the lengthy wait for solo material, but it is a release that will soothe and engage her loyal fans.

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