Invincible Summer

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
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...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
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.
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.

... k.d. lang re-orchestrates the relaxed loveliness of Sixties Southern California pop and, to a lesser extent, Brazilian music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2000
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624760528
  • Catalog Number: 47605

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Consequences of Falling (3:52)
  2. 2 Summerfling (4:15)
  3. 3 Suddenly (3:32)
  4. 4 It's Happening with You (2:48)
  5. 5 Extraordinary Thing (3:35)
  6. 6 Love's Great Ocean (5:40)
  7. 7 Simple (2:44)
  8. 8 What Better Said (3:47)
  9. 9 When We Collide (4:22)
  10. 10 Curiosity (3:41)
  11. 11 Only Love (3:52)
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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 Sr. 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 Jr. Drums, Vocals
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Mario de León Violin
Jon Lewis Trumpet
Technical Credits
Alex Gifford Vocal Arrangements
David Kahne Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Ben Mink String Arrangements
David Piltch Loop
Eric White Digital Editing, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Invincible kd

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love I.S.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A mishmash of music

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    KD Lang's best album yet!

    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

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