In the realm of exploring what the heart yearns for, Alison Krauss and Union Station have few peers, and Lonely Runs Both Ways, in both title and content, emphasizes that fact most profoundly. This time out Krauss turns to one of her favorite songwriters, Robert Lee Castleman, for four songs of typically penetrating insight into romantic and spiritual longing, including the somber, searching "Gravity" and the slow-boiling, dobro-rich "Restless." Castleman's "Doesn't Have to Be This Way," all moaning dobro and keening, heartbroken singing, is one of the most moving explications of utter loneliness and desperation Krauss has ever committed to disc. Dan Tyminski takes the lead on Del McCoury's soaring bluegrass toe-tapper "Rain Please Go Away," Tyminski's appealing mountain vocal (certainly familiar to fans of O Brother) supported by Krauss's vibrant fiddle solo. Tyminski shines again on a spare, evocative version of Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty," and Union Station's secret weapon, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Ron Block, jumps in for a stirring vocal on the terse, driving "I Don't Have to Live This Way"; Block also penned the album closer, "A Living Prayer," a quiet, gospel meditation for finger-picked acoustic guitar and Krauss's soulful whisper of a vocal. If it seems like Alison Krauss and Union Station can do no wrong, well, it's not an illusion. They're in a powerful groove right now, and the competition seems forever to be in catch-up mode. Instrumentally and vocally, for technical virtuosity and deeply felt emotional commitment, this band is simply incomparable.
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Performance CreditsAlison Krauss Primary Artist,Fiddle,Viola,Vocals
Jerry Douglas Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Barry Bales Bass,Bass (Vocal),Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Ron Block Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Dan Tyminski Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Technical CreditsAlison Brown Composer
Jerry Douglas Composer
Alison Krauss Composer
Del McCoury Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Ron Block Composer
Neal Cappellino Engineer
Sidney Cox Composer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
John Scott Sherrill Composer
Jason Lehning Engineer
Gillian Welch Composer
Alison Krauss & Union Station Producer,Audio Production
David Rawlings Composer
Robert Lee Castleman Composer
Sarah Siskind Composer
Donna Hughes Composer
Mindy Smith Composer
Melanie Castleman Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lonely Runs Both Ways based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
I've been a huge Allison Krauss fan since I found Forget About It, their 1999 release (also highly recommended) and fell in love with Allison Krauss' voice and haunting lyrics. While that album focused largely on Allison herself, this time Union Station is given their moments to shine, and both deliver beautifully. The lyrics are deep and once again Allison knows just how to convey their emotion and meaning perfectly. Union Station livens things up a bit and gives the album a more rootsy feel. One of the most memorable albums I've heard in a long time.
I think this is the best CD they've ever made. they've never lost their touch and really come across as a very refined and complete band.
I first heard Allison Krauss on the "O Brother Where Art Thou" cd (also a must have) and fell in love with her soothing voice, haunting meoldies, and timeless and soulful lyrics. I might just be a convert to bluegrass!
As a new listener, I am hooked on this CD and just purchased a second one as a gift for my mom. Krauss has a soothing, angelic voice and the Bluegrass pieces are so darned catchy. I love it!
I was disappointed with the CD when I received it. This is because I had read in a review that it contained "Whiskey Lullaby". Unfortunately, THAT song was the reason why I had decided to purchase this selection for my daughter for Christmas instead of another item that she had shown some interest in. Well, guess what? Song isn't on there. My daughter loves Allison Kraus and country music, but not bluegrass. I let her have this Christmas present early so we could play this CD. She LOVES the songs where Allison sings lead. She tries to become "well-rounded" in her taste of music, I guess you could say, and is listening to some of the true bluegrass on the CD. However, she mainly skips through those songs when she isn't in the mood for her self-taught music appreciation class! Like I said, if you love country music, this is a good CD (especially if you love Allison Krauss)...and if you love bluegrass, this will be a great CD for you.
This is my first Alison Krauss and Union Station CD, and I love it. I discovered them from the special they had with Shania Twain because I’m a huge Shania fan, and I usually listen to new country or pop type music. But this CD is amazing, refreshing, and angelic all rapped up in one. If you enjoy traditional sounds, or just need a good CD to relax to, this CD is for you. Alison’s voice is angelic and the music is so soothing. I must admit I like the songs where she sings better, but even the ones with the male vocalist are okay.