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February 11, 2009

Raising Sand, Redux

Well over a year ago, I wrote about the collaboration between Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, two artists that couldn’t be more different.

They’d just released a collaboration called Raising Sand. It had all the earmarks of a great project: two incredible vocalists and an incredible producer in T Bone Burnett.

But to me, the music wasn’t up to the abilities of the vocalists. It seemed like the music just laid there and didn’t do anything.

I guess someone somewhere liked it, at least enough folks in the Recording Academy at least. It won a total of five GRAMMYs the other night: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, Best Country Collaboration With Vocals, and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.

I’m sorry, but I just don’t get it. The songs are just awful. Burnett, Plant, and Krauss could have picked much better songs. With all the talent here in Nashville, there’s really no excuse to record such lousy songs. And then to win not one but five GRAMMYs?

I’m here to say that this emperor has no clothes.

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