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A solid, complete album

Every Time You Say Goodbye
Every Time You Say Goodbye
By Alison Krauss & Union Station

Rounder Records: 1992

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This review first appeared in the November 27, 1992 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

The follow-up to Alison Krauss & Union Station's 1990 Grammy-winning "I've Got That Old Feeling" is so solid, so complete an album that it, too, is likely to be nominated for a Grammy.

"Every Time You Say Goodbye" has more mainstream country (as opposed to bluegrass) songs than past albums, but it still features some of the best breakdown picking you'll hear from a young band.

The members of Krauss' backing band, Union Station, also get more room to stretch out here, with guitarist Tim Stafford, mandolinist Adam Steffey and banjoist Ron Block sharing lead vocal duties with Krauss. Excellent musicians all (including bassist Barry Bales), they chase Krauss and her fiddle all over every song.

It's a strong collection of songs, too, with Block's "Who Can Blame You" (with Krauss lending a shimmering lead vocal to it) most likely to get airplay on country stations.

This is an excellent album of contemporary country and bluegrass played with a level of professionalism and skill that captures the traditional spirit of country's past.