The 14 tracks that make up Rounder's Essential Alison Krauss
were handpicked by the artist herself. A successful performer since the age of 14, Krauss
had quite the well to draw from, and Essential
does a nice job giving listeners a cupful from each stage in her career, from the spirited, traditional bluegrass that propelled her into the spotlight in the late '80s to her genre-bending work with ex-Led Zeppelin
vocalist Robert Plant
in the late 2000s. While by no means an exhaustive study of the artist, Essential Alison Krauss
offers a tidy, compact summation of the talented singer/fiddler's career to date.