KD Lang


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Watershed (2008), 6/10
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In the late 1980s, Kathryn Dawn Lang, raised in rural Canada, became one of the most original voices in the history of country music. In 1982 she formed the Re-clines, which recorded Friday Dance Promenade (Bumstead, 1983) and A Truly Western Experience (Bumstead, 1984).

An androgynous look, an outspoken lesbian sexuality and a rock-tinged sound turned her into a household name, via Angel With A Lariat (Sire, 1987), with Watch Your Step Polka, Tune Into My Wave, Got The Bull By The Horns and Diet of Strange Places, that offered a brilliant blend of country, pop, rockabilly, blues, honky tonk, Shadowland (Sire, 1988), a tribute to Patsy Cline and Absolute Torch and Twang (1989), the album that marks a transition towards the old-fashioned ballad with Full Moon of Love, Pullin' Back the Reins, Trail Of Broken Hearts, Nowhere To Stand, Walkin' In And Out Of Your Arms.

Lang wisely abandoned the sterile world of country music with Ingenue (1992), that includes some of her most famous songs: Save Me, Constant Craving, Miss Chatelaine. The (mostly instrumental) soundtrack for Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) showed that she could write music that is evocative and not only narrative.

Lang perfected her mellow and sensual style on All You Can Eat (1995), that features If I Were You, Sexuality and World Of Love.

Drag (1997) is another collection of covers.

Invincible Summer (2000) absorbs bossanova and surf.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Elio Manco)

Nell'ultimo periodo degli anni '80, Kathryn Dawn Lang, cresciuta nel Canada rurale è divenuta una delle voci più originali nella storia della musica country. Nel 1982 lei formò i Re-clines che incisero Friday Dance Promenade (Bumstead, 1983) e A Truly Western Experience (Bumstead, 1984).

Un look androgino, una sessualità lesbica dichiarata ed una sonorità rock la trasformarono in un nome comune, Angel With A Lariat (Sire, 1987), con Watch Your Step Polka, Tune Into My Wave, Got The Bull By The Horns e Diet of Strange Places, che presentano una miscela brillante di country, pop, rockabilly, blues, honky tonk, Shadowland (Sire, 1988), un tributo a Patsy Cline e Absolute Torch and Twang (1989), l'album che marca una transizione verso ballate vecchio stile con Full Moon of Love, Pullin' Back the Reins, Trail Of Broken Hearts, Nowhere To Stand, Walkin' In And Out Of Your Arms.

Lang abbandonò saggiamente il mondo sterile della musica country con Ingenue (1992), che include alcune delle sue canzoni più famose: Save Me, Constant Craving, Miss Chatelaine. La (quasi sempre strumentale) colonna sonora per Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) dimostrò che fosse capace di scrivere musica che evocativa e non solo narrativa.

Lang perfezionò stile pacato e sensuale su All You Can Eat (1995), che caratterizza If I Were You, Sexuality e World Of Love.

Drag (1997) è un'altra raccolta di covers.

Invincible Summer (2000) assorbe bossanova e il surf.

A Wonderful World (Columbia, 2002), a collaboration with old easy-listening star Tony Bennett, is a tribute to the songs of jazz legend Louis Armstrong.

Hymns of the 49th Parallel (Nonesuch, 2005) is a cover of classics by fellow Canadian singer-songwriters Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Ron Sexsmith, Jane Siberry, Bruce Cockburn.

Hymns Of The 49th Parallel (2004) is a tribute to Canadian songwriters.

Watershed (Nonesuch, 2008) is not ambitious at all, contenting itself with reviewing Lang's various personas. If one is morbidly interested in who she is and what she does, then this is the perfect setting to find out. If not, then this is the perfect setting to get bored to death. However, Dream of Spring and Coming Home pleases both sides, and the smooth flow of musical nuances in Thread and Flame of the Uninspired commands respect.

Sing It Loud (2011), de facto a collaboration with guitarist, songwriter and producer Joe Pisapia, relied almost exclusively on her virtuoso vocals because the songs were flat and dumb.

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