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Watershed


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 5 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B000XUO6T8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Dream of Spring
2. Je fais la planche
3. Coming Home
4. Once in a While
5. Thread
6. Close Your Eyes
7. Sunday
8. Flame of the Uninspired
9. Upstream
10. Shadow and the Frame
11. Jealous Dog

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In her first quarter-century in the music business, Canadian k.d. lang has gone from straight-up country artist to iconic pop songstress, with many side-steps into pop, jazz, and show tunes along the way. An eight-year break since her last record of originals (2000’s Invincible Summer) has re-channeled and recharged both the songwriter and that brightly toned voice that lies within. In assembling this intimate 11-song album, which features many of her enduring collaborators but is defined by her powerhouse vocals, lang drew inspiration from all her favorite musical styles. The bass- and string-driven “Coming Home” and “I Dream of Spring”--a Spanish-style pop dream accented with Greg Leisz’s signature steel guitar--are easy picks for “Constant Craving”-like success, yet Watershed’s magnetism is captured in the expansion of lang’s songwriting palette: the hushed jazz of “Flame of the Uninspired," the Brazilian jolts of “Upstream,” and the absolute rawness of “Jealous Dog,” which strips away any studio veneer, leaving that voice as pure and bewitching as ever. --Scott Holter

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By luc_doc7 on Jan. 23 2008
Format: Audio CD
Four time Grammy winner k.d. lang's new album "Watershed" is the first album of newly written material since 2000's "Invincible Summer".
For a while, Lang wasn't writing songs anywhere.
In the intervening years, she has recorded cover versions and duets, but nothing has emerged from her own pen.
Fans who were constantly craving another album like "Ingenue" wondered if she had lost the knack.
Writer's block was the problem, apparently. And the catalyst behind the unleashing of Watershed's sequence of love songs was that the Canadian singer/songwriter has found happiness with her new love.
"I wondered that myself," she says. "I think that when I start out on any new record".
But now "Watershed" is finished, ready and immaculately delivered.
So why the lengthy wait? "I got writer's block. There were a number of contributory factors. One was 9/11, which turned the atmosphere in America - politically, emotionally and artistically - on its ear. Afterwards I couldn't write love songs. They just seemed so frivolous".
It features eleven new songs written and recorded in 2007 for Nonesuch label, and is also the first self-produced collection of her 25-year career.
It doesn't disappoint. But, please, don't rush ! Don't expect to be hooked at the first listening.
Should you wish to spend some time letting these songs get under your skin, then they will slowly reveal their charms - and occasionally, as on the breathily magnificent "Shadow and the Frame", match lang's former glories.
Lyrically, she's not a very interesting songwriter, but then words aren't really her thing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Szkarlat on May 19 2008
Format: Audio CD
There's a very good reason why k.d. lang is one of my most influential and favourite artists of all time. This woman's voice alone is proof that God exists. I don't think there ever was, or ever will be, a voice with such stunning clarity, power, emotion, perfect tone and pitch as k.d.'s voice has. k.d. could sing me directions on how to cook a can of soup, and I'd cry. In fact, she could sing just about ANYTHING and bring audiences to their knees. She has been for years. Whether she was bouncing around the stage during her country days, belting her heart out, or crooning about a woman who would never return her love on 'Ingenue', this woman is IT. She's an absolutely amazing talent, and she is definitely, without a doubt, one of the most underrated artists ever. We haven't heard original music from her for quite some time. And we've been craving it, that's for sure.

But now here comes "Watershed". It's a deeply lush and beautiful collection of ballads, much like 'Ingenue' was, minus the unrequited love part. k.d. has looked inwards again, as deeply as she did on 'Ingenue' and she's coming clean about love, her relationship, and life, of course. She's learned a lot. She has matured. It still has that ol' country sound kicking around in songs like 'I Dream of Spring', 'Coming Home', and 'Jealous Dog'. 'Close your Eyes' comes across to me as a deeply spiritual song, but there's something so exquisitely sexy about k.d. crooning in my ears to close my eyes. This woman makes me swoon. 'Once in a While' talks about how we drive our lovers crazy 'once in a while', but we also strive to make them happy and smile, right? 'Thread' is a catchy tune with highly confessional lyrics about losing out on someone, perhaps? 'Je Fais la Planche', is a deliciously slow, crooner of an existential trip. k.d.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 26 2008
Format: Audio CD
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.
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