He has a "sound" in the same way Daniel Lanois does: it's edges are all rounded, everything is very warm, and it all sounds artificially dated.
Sam Phillips' "Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us" is a centerpiece on this set. This tune, with its forlorn, percussion-heavy tarantella backdrop, might have come from a Tom Waits record were it not so intricately melodic -- and Krauss' gypsy swing fiddle is a gorgeous touch.
What seems to be an unlikely pairing of former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss is actually one of the most effortless-sounding duos in modern popular music.
The bridge seems to be producer T-Bone Burnett and the band assembled for this outing: drummer Jay Bellerose (who seems to be the session drummer in demand these days), upright bassist Dennis Crouch, guitarists Marc Ribot and Burnett, with Greg Leisz playing steel here and there, and a number of other guest appearances.
It's all swamp, all past midnight, all gigolo boasting.
Krauss' harmony vocal underscores Plant's low-key crooned boast as a mirror, as the person being used and who can't help it.
Robert Anthony Plant was born on August 20, 1948 in Bromwich, Staffordshire, England.
Robert Plant became interested in singing at a young age and found inspiration in the likes of Elvis Presley.
Krauss' wordless vocal in the background creates a nice space for that incessant series of rhythms to play to.Ribot's dobro sounds like a rickety banjo, and it stutters just ahead of the bass drum and tom toms in Bellerose's kit.Naomi Neville's "Fortune Teller" shows Burnett at his best as a producer.This little gem is followed by a reading of Townes Van Zandt's "Nothin'" done in twilight Led Zeppelin style. The weirdest thing is that while it's the loudest tune on the set, it features Norman Blake on acoustic guitar with Burnett.This is what singer/songwriter heavy metal must sound like. The final part of the trilogy of the weird takes place on Little Milton Campbell's "Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson," a jangly country rocker in the vein of Neil Young without the weight and creak of age hindering it.