"My Love Follows You Where You Go"
Released: January 2012
Paper Airplane is an album by Alison Krauss and Union Station. It was released on April 12, 2011 and marks Krauss' fourteenth album. It is Krauss' first release with Union Station since Lonely Runs Both Ways in 2004. The album includes covers version of "My Opening Farewell" and "Dimming of the Day", which were originally recorded by Jackson Browne and Richard Thompson, respectively.
The album's lead single, the title track, was released to country music radio and Triple A radio on March 28, 2011; however, the single failed to enter a Billboard music chart.
Thom Jurek of Allmusic gave the album a four star rating, citing it a melancholy record with songs largely revolving around themes of trial and perseverance. He also praised the cover version of "Dimming of the Day" and "My Opening Farewell". Jurek also went to say that it is a very polished, pristine record, however, it feels organic and authentic, allowing plenty of room for the emotional power in these songs to come forth.Andrew Greer of Christianity Today also honored the album with four stars, calling it "an exquisite eleven-song canon," and further commenting, "though their haunts are heavy-hearted, a tangible hope pervades Airplane, attesting to the band's spiritual sensitivity even without the band's usual faith song standout." The album was awarded Grammys in the Best Bluegrass Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical categories at the 54th Grammy Awards.
Paper Airplane sold approximately 83,000 copies during its first week of release, propelling it to become Krauss' first number one album on the BillboardTop Country Albums. It is also the highest entry for Krauss on the Billboard 200, where the album debuted at number three. Raising Sand, Krauss' collaboration with Robert Plant, reached number two on the Billboard 200 upon its release in 2007. In addition to these charts, it also debuted at number one on the BillboardTop Bluegrass Albums and number one on BillboardFolk Albums. As of the chart dated July 23, 2011, the album has sold 249,120 copies in the US.