There's no denying that Kathryn Dawn Lang is one of this country's most unique artists. From her early days fronting a Patsy Cline tribute band, to making a big splash into the music biz pool in 1984 with her cowboy boots, old time granny specs, cowboy shirt and hoop skirt. Well-deserved critical acclaim and commercial success soon followed as she continued to set a higher standard with each album released. Her duet with Roy Orbison on "Crying" was magical and her 1982 hit "Constant Craving" was as near to musical perfection as a song could ever be. The cowgirl from Consort, Alberta eventually was awarded the Order Of Canada in 1996. She continued to tour, released a duets album with Tony Bennett, as well as an all covers album, a pseudo-greatest hits album and a live concert album, so she's been busy. However, it's been almost 8 years since she recorded a full CD's worth of new studio material. That's where "Watershed" enters the picture.
The first single released was "I Dream Of Spring". It's a mellow song with just a hint of sultry elegance, lush strings and, surprisingly, a steel guitar that fits in perfectly. This song is a good entrée for what's to come; the subsequent numbers go from sparse to lush-from simple to complex. This is not a flashy, up-tempo disc; for the most part the songs are reminiscent of soundtracks for a rainy day, a brief summer siesta or captured moments in a café. "Coming Home" may be the only exception, with its playful banjo driving the mid-tempo piece to completion. K.D. has proven that most of her songs are what they are because of her voice and this CD is no exception. Her jazzy, soft vocals are a perfect conduit for the material here and there are times where her pauses are as effective as the words sung. This is a K.D. Lang that we are familiar with and her fans will not be disappointed.