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    Alison Krauss
    Forget About It
    1999, Rounder

This has been billed as a pop album. Don’t let that fool you. Forget About It may not be contemporary bluegrass, but it’s certainly not going make anyone think Krauss is doing Mariah Carey or Celine Dion banal ballads.

As usual, Alison Krauss sings like an angel, and is backed by her band Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas on trademark dobro). What’s different this time out is the choice of songs: Tunes by Todd Rundgren (“It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference”) and Michael McDonald (“Empty Hearts”) get the usual Krauss treatment—very acoustic, not overproduced and with a solid backup band behind her.

“Acoustic pop” might be a better term for this album, for want of a better marketing label. Forget About It will not disappoint fans, and may add a few to Krauss’ substantial fanbase.

—Michael Gaither

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