MUSIC: PURE COUNTRY

ALISON KRAUSS'S NEW CD IS A GIFT SENT FROM HEAVEN

It seemed a long shot--a greatest-hits album from a bluegrass band that had never had a hit--but Now That I've Found You by Alison Krauss and Union Station was the from-nowhere find of 1995. A beguiling sample of R. and B., pop and blue-eyed gospel tethered to Krauss' soaring soprano, the CD sold well, won some Grammys and established its lead singer as proof there was still purity and clarity in country music.

So Long So Wrong ought to be Krauss's sellout album--the one where she signs with a big label, paddles in the pop mainstream, does a Streisand duet, maybe...

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