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Forget About It

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An album by Alison Krauss

Personnel: Alison Krauss (vocals, fiddle, strings); Pat Bergeson (acoustic & electric guitars); Ron Block, Dan Tyminski (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Jerry Douglas (dobro, lap steel guitar); Sam Bush (mandolin, slide mandolin, background … see full wiki

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1 review about Forget About It

A Quiet Respite From the World - L&M W/O

  • Feb 10, 2007
Rating:
+3
Pros: Excellent songwriting, production; instrumentation.

Cons: Alison’s voice is sometimes too quiet.

The Bottom Line: The quiet beauty and dignity of Forget About It will make one forget all about the ugly without for the beauty within its eleven tracks.

Despite the fact that Alison Krauss hasn’t the vocal range and talent of most in Country & Western/Blue Grass, she has managed to become the voice of the latter. Her voice is lithe, but with a charm and genuine cadence that is hard to resist; hence her success, mostly with her band Union Station. But in 1999 Alison once again struck out on her own and released the self produced Forget About It, her fourth solo effort.

As is her style Krauss has stayed away from the lavishly produced, pseudo-C&W Pop that so marks other female artists in her adopted genre and instead remains fairly close to her Bluegrass roots despite the contribution of notable Pop icon Michael McDonald. He is more than balanced out by contributions by noted country songwriter Hugh Prestwood, who penned my favorite track on the CD Ghost In This House in which Alison gives her angelic alto voice full rein.

Forget About Itis a quiet and intimate affair that invites the listener to come sit by the fire and reflect with Alison on life and love. Despite the lack of a moniker on the album jacket, all of Alison’s Union Station band-mates appear on the CD. Other contributors include Matt Rollings (piano), Jim Keltner (drums), Sam Bush (mandolin) as well as the Cox Family singers, Lyle Lovett, Dolly Parton, and Suzanne Cox on harmonizing vocals.

The result is an album layered in rich harmonies and an inspired hushed sound that navigates a sonically pleasing course between traditional bluegrass and contemporary country-pop. Krauss is never far from her fiddle and Jerry Douglas's Dobro and together they create and sound Union Station fans will be all too familiar with.

If there is one weakness on Forget About It, its Krauss’s diminutive voice that often drops to little more than a whisper. One some of the early tracks on the album, this is very disconcerting as Alison’s voice all but disappears, eclipsed but the superb instrumentation. But there are exceptions, the most noteworthy being the aforementioned track No. 7 Ghost In This House, wherein Alison’s voice takes center stage in a stirring, emotive song about lost love.

Some of the tracks from this CD made it onto Alison Krauss & Union Station’s 2-album live CD released in 2002, most notably track No. 1 Stay, track No. 2 Forget About It, track No. 4 Maybe, and track No. 7. With the exception of the last track, Alison breathed more live into them live than she did on the studio release. This is rare and perhaps speaks to her unwashed/unpolished/un-tweaked vocal ability.

Taken as a whole Forget About It is far from forgettable and might be just what the (music) doctor ordered after a rushed day in a world increasingly filled with nothing but harshness and ugly. The quiet beauty and dignity of Forget About It will make one forget all about the ugly without for the beauty within its eleven tracks.




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Great Music to Play While: Reading or Studying

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Label: Rounder
Artist: Alison Krauss
Release Date: August 03, 1999

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