Album Review: Raise The Roof by Robert Plant And Alison Krauss
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Even after big sales and serial awards-hogging, the concept of 2007's Raising Sand - the first collaboration between former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant , Alison Krauss and producer T Bone Burnett - still sounds destined for (at best) fawning coverage by heritage rock mags. Considering the surprise success of their first duo album, it's not surprising that Plant and Krauss don't mess much with the alchemic formula for this overdue follow-up. Even so, there is not a whiff of a cynical retread of old tricks during Raise the Roof, which manages the trick of coming across both sophisticatedly polished and winningly raw and in-the-moment.
The success of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Grammy-winning 2007 record Raising Sand set a lofty bar for their bewitching energy as a duo. Fourteen years later, Raise the Roof maintains their careful simplicity, rising to the challenge of releasing another record of mostly cover songs that are still impactful and original. When their talents are interlaced, Plant and Krauss are masters at dusting off generations-old tracks and making them saunter to a fresh, personal rhythm.
There's no doubting the impact Robert Plant and Alison Krauss made when they first recorded together. "The unlikely alchemy of a hard-rock legend and a bluegrass superstar", as TV channel CNN breathlessly described it, created an album that went on to win five Grammys. Yet 14 long years
were to elapse before Raising Sand was followed by this new release.
Plant has had an enduring affection for the boy-girl format since linking with Sandy Denny for Led Zeppelin IV's The Battle Of Evermore a whole half-century ago.