Release Date: Apr 12, 2011
Record label: Nonesuch
Genre(s): Country, Alt-Country, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country
K.D. LANG plays Metro Hall Square June 17. See listing. Rating: NNNN k.d. lang's wisely titled 13th studio album finds the Grammy-winning singer primarily exploring pop and torch songs, and limiting her country side to brief flourishes and instrumentation. Opening song I Confess is lang at her ….
k. d. lang turned her back on the country-influenced music that first earned her fame with 1992's Ingénue, and while she's been making consistently fine albums since then, lang's career has often seemed either eclectic or rudderless, depending on how you wish to look at it; she's made a series of albums that have jumped from one stylistic vantage point to another, never settling in one place for long, and while they all feature her genuinely remarkable skills as a vocalist and often impressive songwriting, one rarely gets a sense of stylistic growth from her work since Ingénue, if only because she seems to be starting from scratch each time out, without building on what she's done before.
lang’s fresh start finds her more energetic and playful than she’s been for years. Jaime Gill 2011 "I’ve lost my edge," k.d. lang laments on Habit of Mind, a sultry highlight of Sing It Loud; "I’ve spent most of my life running in circles… what a shame." It’s a daring lyric: after all, many would say these words sum up lang's post-Ingénue career, her subsequent music often drifting towards the bland and directionless.