As acts as disparate as Guns N’ Roses, The Stooges and ABBA have proved, time really can be an abstract when it comes to following up a successful record. Yet while, for most artists, a new disc usually arrives less than a decade on from its predecessor, in Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ case, 14 long years elapsed between the 2007 release of their multiple Grammy-winning Raising Sand and 2021’s Raise The Roof.
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“We kept exchanging, contacting, sending a few musical ideas”
“I really enjoyed the explosion of Raising Sand,” Plant told People magazine in 2021, but he also admitted to the album’s success being “quite a shock” that he “wasn’t ready for”.
“And at the end of it all, the idea of gambling straight into something else was… It’s a natural knee-jerk to do that,” Plant added. “But we thought about it, romanced it, and then went back to our old-time used-to-bes.”
Neither Plant nor Krauss were exactly idle in the interim. In Plant’s case, he made new records with his groups Band Of Joy and Sensational Space Shifters, in addition to forming the low-key acoustic outfit Saving Grace. Meanwhile, Krauss scored a career-best US chart peak of No.3 with the 2011 album Paper Airplane, recorded with her group Union Station, while her 2017 collection of country and bluegrass covers, Windy City, received two Grammy nominations.