This week's RTÉ Radio 1 Album of the Week is Windy City, by Alison Krauss.

What we say: Windy City is 27-time (!) Grammy winner Alison Krauss’ first solo album in almost two decades - in which time she's fronted Union Station, collaborated with Robert Plant, and brought bluegrass music to the mainstream via her contributions to the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack. Here, working with veteran producer Buddy Cannon, she croons her way through ten choice covers of country and bluegrass standards originally recorded by the likes of Brenda Lee, Roger Miller, Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell. She's a class act, and it's a pretty classy record.

What she says: "It has to be real. I have to see the story and I have to feel like it's me telling the story. The only thing that we talked about was I said, 'I'd like to do songs that are older than me.' And then, of course, we realized how old I was."

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What the critics are saying:

'These are songs about broken hearts, lonely nights and aching, tear-filled eyes. The titles alone can tell you a lot, with ‘All Alone Am I’ and ‘Losing You’ perfect examples of the type of string-drenched pathos that Nashville and Hollywood have made billions from.' (Hot Press)

'It is a winning blend of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue (the songs all ache in one form or another).' (Irish Times)

'With 27 Grammys lining her shelves, Krauss is the most awarded female in the Recording Academy’s history. That may have been easy to forget over the years, as releases have come less frequently, but Windy City does more than just remind listeners of her prowess, it enforces her legacy as one of American music’s standout talents.' (Entertainment Weekly)

'Krauss is not some kind of angel – she's a real woman, a master of in-studio collaboration, and one of the finest players, on fiddle, in her field. Windy City, Krauss's first solo album since 1999's adult-contemporary oriented Forget About It, shows off her intelligence and good humor in versions of classic songs that are delightfully down to earth.' (NPR)

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Listen to Losing You in full below, via Spotify:

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