Alison Krauss & Union Station - Paper Airplane
Paper Airplane sees Alison Krauss return to both bluegrass and her band Union Station after a seven year hiatus via a monumentally successful collaboration with Robert Plant - and it's business as usual for the sixth Union Station record. Recent single 'Paper Airplane' showcases Krauss' sweet, yearning vocals and they suit an understated cover of Richard Thompson’s 'Dimming Of The Day' well. It’s not all about Krauss, though - Dan Tyminsk briefly steals the show when he takes centre stage for the sparse yet driving lament of 'Dust Bowl Children'. The problem is that while always technically proficient – the instrumental performances are flawless throughout - the whole record feels somewhat sterile. Perhaps this is Krauss’ laid back, gentle delivery, or the production, but the songs never quite soar like they threaten to. Saying that, it's stylish and understated, and that’s likely deliberate; the album cover depicts the band in austere, depression-era clothing and the songs deliver a restraint to match. This is a subdued album that will please the faithful, but is likely to do little to convert newcomers, or keep the attention of those who found her through Raising Sand.