Alison Krauss

Home on the Highways: Band Picked Favorites

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Home-cooked food and bluegrass -- in this case Alison Krauss and Union Station and Cracker Barrel -- are served up simultaneously on Home on the Highways: Band Picked Favorites. The blue-collar freeway eatery has teemed with Rounder Records to provide this 12-track advertisement for "beef tips and country vegetables" that is -- according to the liner notes -- "as pleasing and as enjoyable as anything you'd find at any Cracker Barrel Old Country Store." This however is a matter of taste, as Krauss and company seem reluctant to revisit anything that doesn't appear on Lonely Runs Both Ways, New Favorite, or Forget About It. While good enough, Home on the Highways is the musical equivalent of a pot roast, wholly predictable and occasionally comforting.

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