Invincible Summer

Invincible Summer

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by k.d. lang
     
 

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With Invincible Summer, k.d. lang brushes off the melancholy longing that saturated Ingenue and All You Can Eat, her two previous albums of originals. Whiffs of bossa nova, Bacharach, and '60s pop waft through these breezy love songs, and if the sound is unshakably carefree, lang's singing remains as sexy as ever.

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With Invincible Summer, k.d. lang brushes off the melancholy longing that saturated Ingenue and All You Can Eat, her two previous albums of originals. Whiffs of bossa nova, Bacharach, and '60s pop waft through these breezy love songs, and if the sound is unshakably carefree, lang's singing remains as sexy as ever. Producer Damian leGassick -- a William Orbit protégé -- lays down lush textures of guitar, drums, deep bass, and electronica, creating a hip facade for music whose spirit is delectably retro. "Summerfling" sets the tone, with an irresistible hook and cascading violins. lang pays homage to Roy Orbison on "Love's Great Ocean," a warm wash of sultry vocal harmonies. The heart of the album is "Simple," a quiet and profound expression of love's uncomplicated essence. "Consequences of Falling," the opening cut, is a surprising admission of vulnerability -- as well as the only tune here lang didn't write -- but it's the perfect foil for its sunny companions. Like summer itself, this is an album you'll want to last forever.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
The k.d. lang who played tribute to Patsy Cline seems a millennium away from the smooth, pop-infused chanteuse on this album. Glowing with happiness and lovey bliss, this lush album is dripping with the kind of bright, slick production that hasn't seen much light since the Brill Building's heyday. Swelling strings, electronic bubbles and warbles, and the occasional mandolin combine to create a sound that manages to evoke a warm feeling of nostalgia without sounding retro. Topping it all off is lang's smooth-as-maple-syrup voice, which shows even greater range than before, occasionally issuing the bell-like tones more often heard from fellow Canadians Jane Siberry and Sarah McLachlan. If there is a fault to this album, it's that it's too smooth; while the listener is surfing these waves of happiness and cushiony pop, an occasional desire for edges and bones surfaces. While "The Consequences of Falling," "Love's Great Ocean," and "Simple" are all fine songs, this recording also lacks the kind of hooky, knockout singles that have been featured on her best albums.
Rolling Stone - James Hunter
... k.d. lang re-orchestrates the relaxed loveliness of Sixties Southern California pop and, to a lesser extent, Brazilian music.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2000
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624760528
catalogNumber:
47605

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

k.d. lang   Primary Artist
Jon Hassell   Trumpet
John Fumo   Trumpet
Rusty Anderson   Guitar
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Teddy Borowiecki   Accordion,Keyboards
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
John Friesen   Cello
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Peter Kent   Violin
Abraham Laboriel   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Wendy Melvoin   Guitar
Ben Mink   Violin,Keyboards,Viola
David Piltch   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Cornet,Keyboards,Human Whistle,Moog Bass,Guitar (Baritone)
David Stenske   Viola
John Wittenberg   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Smokey Hormel   Guitar
Daniel Smith   Cello
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Damian leGassick   Guitar,Keyboards
Bob Peterson   Violin
Jon Stewart   Guitar
Abe Laboriel   Drums,Vocals
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Mario de León   Violin
Jon Lewis   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Alex Gifford   Vocal Arrangements
David Kahne   Producer
Ben Mink   String Arrangements
David Piltch   Loop
Eric White   drum programming
Damian leGassick   Producer,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
John Heiden   Art Direction
Jason Mauza   Engineer
John Smith   Engineer

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Invincible Summer 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a advance copy of KD Lang's new CD 'Invincible Summer', I was more then pleased. With this album of summer songs KD has reinvented herself with a new lush groove that not only enhances her talent but at the same time increases it. KD in the past has tried many different styles of music and even though she seems at home with all of them, on 'Invincible Summer' she seems to fall into a place where she is not only at home but welcomed. KD breaks away from the mournful melancholy that seemed to be her signature style and surfaces with a whole new out look on love and relationships. Although some fans might worry about her cheerful disposition, don't. Her voice has never been better and she sings as lustful as ever. Enjoy! Raymond Fundora
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love kd lang's voice. But on this record, it sounds tired and raspy. The lead song, Consequences of Falling, is the best song on the album because it allows you to hear her voice from the lows to the highs and all in between. And this is the only song she did not write. Summerfling sounds like a 60's beach boys song, and I'm sorry folks, but most of the rest of the lyrics are boring or trite on this album, particularly in It's Happening with You. Save your money and buy some of her earlier CDs. All the hype is just that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love kd lang's voice but this is just awful. It is over-orchestrated and she may as well be singing the same song over and over throughout the whole cd. A waste of a good voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although differant from kd's previous recording, this is great. kd sounds great and so does the band and her back-up singers. I have listened to this cd over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One can only say that kd must have been in love with a very beautiful woman when she wrote this album as it reflexs in the words, the music and the whole feeling it gives you. If you are not a kd fan or don't happen to be in love - DON'T LISTEN TO IT!! It is relaxing, reflective and smooth. But some of the songs like "Summer Fling" are - for once - fun. This is an element that can be lacking in kd's work. Some of the songs (and the "Drag" album) are just tooooo serious and her work didn't start out like that. What happen to you kd...At the end of the day, if you like kd, you will want to buy this cd and only hope that she can go on singing to us for a long time to come. Good on you girl!!!