Watershedby k.d. lang
From the title on down to the all-new band, k. d. lang makes a fresh start on Watershed. Focusing her energies on recapturing the spark, the creative impulse in her art, lang looks away from the trappings of hits and fashion. The album is spare, which in lang's hands is a good thing, for few artists have the vocal chops to carry such unadorned beauty (she did famously stand toe-to-toe with Tony Bennett for an entire album). Documenting her stable relationship, immersion in Buddhism, and rejection of celebrity -- and a couple of years of writer's block -- Watershed is being hailed as a masterwork from one of contemporary pop's most gifted singers.
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Performance Creditsk.d. lang Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals
Jon Hassell Trumpet
Teddy Borowiecki Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vibes
Danny Frankel Percussion,Drums
Greg Leisz Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Ben Mink Acoustic Guitar
David Piltch Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Bass,Drums,Acoustic Bass
Bryan Sutton Guitar
Grecco Buratto Guitar
Noam Pikelny Banjo
Technical CreditsTeddy Borowiecki Composer,Programming,String Arrangements,drum programming,String Conductor
Steve Jensen Management
k.d. lang Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Greg Leisz Composer
David Leonard String Mixing
David Piltch Programming,Producer,drum programming
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Martin Kirkup Management
Lynne Earls Programming,Engineer,drum programming
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What beautiful music. The songs are all ballads. When you're ready to relax and slow down, it's awesome music to listen to. k.d. lang has a gorgeous voice.
As a true k.d. fan, Watershed was anxiously awaited. Sorry to say, it was a huge disappointment. "I Dream of Spring" is good, but the rest of the album seems to dissolve into one continuous song...nothing to distinquish one from another. The instrumentals are well done, and are different for each song's opening bars, but then the tunes become uninteresting and droning. k.d. has a fantastic voice, but in this album, she is too subdued, often dropping into a register that is too low for her especially on "jealous dog" and "once in a while". k.d. has seemed to take pride in constant reinvention of herself and her career, and maybe this is the next step for her. However, I miss the phase that produced "Nowhere to Stand", and others of that era. Those were lyrics that had meaning, rather than being an exercise in free association. Musically, those songs also were interesting, even captivating, bringing the lyrics home even more. Watershed makes me struggle to stay awake. On the first listen, I found myself starting into a track, only to skip to the next hoping it would be better. Perhaps I'm too pedestrian - this album is simply over my head. But I know what speaks to me, and this presentation says fails to connect. I'll hold on and wait for k.d.'s next reinvention! She's an awesome talent, and her voice is in fantastic shape. However, this collection misses the mark...the passion that ignites so much of her previous work seems lacking. She sounds tired, not sensuous or thoughtful...just ordinary. Usually there is nothing remotely "ordinary" about this lady's voice!!!
Wow. This is not the K.D. I remember. If she sang these songs on American Idol she would surely be kicked off. Way to boring and bland for such a great singer... or used to be great singer. The songs are about as dull as she looks.
k d has made a beautiful album that pulls you in and lets it go thru jealouis dogs her best song ever i love this cd !!!!!!
I thought I had slipped into a coma by the end of the album. It's a shame since I've been an avid kd lang fan long before she became a household name. At any rate, I'm glad she's found a sense of peace but she needs to get a little bit more energy flowing. I hope the next one is back in line with her previous work like the Constant Craving album.
check out k.d.'s latest. Subdued and minimalistic, this album is a breath of fesh air from over-produced music for the masses. k.d.'s voice is as beautiful and pure as ever, and is the star of this album.