originally appeared on nydailynews.com
BY Jim Farber
In the end, Grammy voters came to their senses.
While they zigged in a commercial direction, towards Lil’ Wayne, in their nominations, they zagged back to the creativity of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant for the final, top prizes.
True, the starry pair’s album, “Raising Sand,” might not have been a career-defining work - for either of them.
But it had daring and a fine mood on its side. Before they twinned their voices for these rare songs, few listeners would have imagined bluegrass chanteuse Krauss and post-Zeppelin yowler Plant in the same city, let alone in the same studio. Yet they found a bracing mean in their mutual love of spooky folk.
Going back to such Zep songs as 1971’s “Gallow’s Pole,” Plant showed a keen interest in acoustic roots music.
Obviously, Krauss has long worked her way around that territory.
Never, though, had she mined the particular, spectral sound the two forged together, with key help from longtime Americana producer T-Bone Burnette. If “Raising Sand,” and its shadowy songs, fully deserved to steal the headlines at last night’s show, the precise categories it snagged weren’t always on point.
The album cut “Please Read the Letter” won for Record of the Year (a prize awarded for the sound and production of the piece), while Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” took the trinket for Song of the Year (a prize keyed to the composition).