Picks and Pans Review: Now That I've Found You

updated 02/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Alison Krauss

Who's the best female vocalist in Nashville? Granted, that's a ridiculous question, but qualify it with "under 30," and you're talking about Alison Krauss. Though the 23-year-old singer-fiddler insists she's a traditionalist, she and Union Station, her band of hotshot pickers, are ushering bluegrass into the '90s. This "retrospective-plus" (it's got three newly recorded songs) is a perfect place to make Krauss's acquaintance (though her best-known—and perhaps best—song, "I've Got That Old Feeling," is unaccountably missing). The new cuts show where Krauss is headed: abandoning the usual bluegrass policy of repolishing old chestnuts, she is applying the genre's homespun style to an increasingly wide range of material. How many bluegrassers have the nerve, or imagination, to tackle a Bad Company song ("Oh, Atlanta") or a hunk of Top 40 schlock (the Foundations' "Baby, Now That I've Found You," which she makes fresh and haunting)? Krauss is one of country music's best assets. (Rounder)

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