After mainstream success happened for Alison Krauss & Union Station, one would have rightly expected a commercial sweetening of their sound, resulting in diminishing (or even abandoning) the simple but very unique thing that brought them into the public eye -- and eventual public acclaim -- in the first place. But the group's first new recording in the wake of the surprise success of Now That I've Found You: A Collection finds Alison Krauss & Union Station happily keeping their eclectic focus firmly on the prize stretched before them with no silly attempts to court the hat-hunk-of-the-month or the boot-scoot-boogie crowd. Despite the media's singling out of Krauss as country's new bluegrass solo diva, Union Station (with Krauss as simply a featured member of it) remains very much a group, and that's the real refreshing news here. It is that collective spirit that remains the reoccurring theme and the resounding musical point being made here, and it is the solid anchor that roots this album into place from beginning to end. Krauss' expert evocative way with a ballad is on full display here, with "Deeper Than Crying" and "It Doesn't Matter" featuring her on violas, adding a new voice to Union Station's sound. But the lead vocals are passed around among Krauss, mandolinist Adam Steffey, guitarist Dan Tyminski, and banjoist Ron Block, while Krauss' fiddle work in a backup capacity is an integral part of the sound as well. All in all, this is a totally un-gimmicky album that flies in the face of what usually happens when mainstream success comes calling. And, as a result of that commitment to quality and musical focus, one that makes you want to play it again when it's all over.
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Performance CreditsAlison Krauss & Union Station Primary Artist
Alison Krauss Fiddle,Viola,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Barry Bales Bass,Tenor (Vocal),Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
Ron Block Banjo,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Adam Steffey Mandolin,Vocals,Mandola
Dan Tyminski Guitar,Bass (Vocal),Vocals
Technical CreditsAlison Krauss Arranger,Producer
Michael McDonald Composer
Patrick Brayer Composer
Harley Allen Composer
Barry Bales Arranger,Producer
Ron Block Arranger,Composer,Producer
Viktor Krauss Composer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Adam Steffey Arranger,Producer
Jeff White Composer
Ed Simonton Engineer
Union Station Producer
Walden Dahl Composer
Public Domain Composer
Bob Lucas Composer
Dan Tyminski Arranger,Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
So Long So Wrong based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I have this CD, and I love it! Normally, Alison does all the vocals on the album, but this one mixes it up a bit, with some of the guys from the band singing too. If you like bluegrass, you'll love this CD!
Alison Krauss and Union Station have a hit album here. Their title song "So long So Wrong" is a powerful torch song for anyone who's ever been abandoned by the one they love. The ablum's second song; "No Place to Hide" is also outstanding. I highly recommend this album for anyone who really loves Bluegrass music. The music speaks to the heart.