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Thread started 08/02/18 9:21pm

Hamad

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KD Lang's Listeners - Where To Start?

I'm not really familiar with her music aside from "Hallelujah" remake and the "Sing It Loud" album which I love very much & think its one of the best produced albums in the past 10 years.. Ready to dig in deeper though, any idea where to start?

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Reply #1 posted 08/03/18 5:08am

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Personally I would recommend the 'Drag' album.
It was produced by Craig Street who also produced Meshell Ndegeocello's "Bitter' album which happens to be one of my favorite albums.







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Reply #2 posted 08/03/18 7:18am

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Torch and Twang

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Reply #3 posted 08/03/18 3:10pm

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Now that you’ve mentioned it, I vaguely remember hearing about “Drag” in a podcast long ago (wanna say “The Music Snobs” but not sure), decided to give it a go & goodness eek love

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Reply #4 posted 08/03/18 4:08pm

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I think I made a mistake thats gonna work for my favor razz totally different song than the one I listened to earlier lol I'm definitly more gravitated toward this type of production, although I made a mental note to check "Shadowland as well. And I'm gonna look into Torch & Twang as well (Thanks Purplethunder)

My type of music!!

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Reply #5 posted 08/03/18 4:54pm

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You've got to take the time to turn the lights down low and listen to "Ingenue" in its entirety. Maybe it's just me, but that's what turned me into a huge kd fan. Then, hit "All You Can Eat" and "Invincible Summer" -- all of these are with Ben Mink producing or otherwise involved, and are so rich in arrangements and melody... and of course her voice is divine.

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Reply #6 posted 08/03/18 5:14pm

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^^Absolutely! Thank you nod still gulping up "Drag" & its taking me to good places. Meanwhile I'm reading about her albums chronologically. Its such a good feeling to get excited about a certain artist for the first time.

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Reply #7 posted 08/03/18 7:46pm

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Hamad said:

^^Absolutely! Thank you nod still gulping up "Drag" & its taking me to good places. Meanwhile I'm reading about her albums chronologically. Its such a good feeling to get excited about a certain artist for the first time.

While you're at it, check out KD Lang's film debut in the 1991 indie movie Salmonberries. I really love her compelling performance in this movie; in fact, I think I'll watch it again this weekend, for the first time in years... Here's the trailer:

...film

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Reply #8 posted 08/03/18 9:38pm

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Invincible Summer is a great album too, Consequences of Falling is sublime. I dig some of her case/lang/veirs stuff, more when she is the featured singer. Drag is probably her "masterpiece" and deservedly so but her recent stuff has been really powerful and I agree about Sing It Back, it's an album one can hit play and escape with the artist without any filler. My favorite type. If u dig house music, my first exposure to k.d.'s vocals were Junior Vasquez's long remix of "Theme From The Valley of the Dolls" where there is a slow vocal remix in the middle of the dance track.
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Reply #9 posted 08/03/18 10:40pm

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I love the soundtrack to Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (1993), especially these songs music

Just Keep me Moving boogie

And the classic Hush Sweet Lover...its bliss cloud9

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Reply #10 posted 08/04/18 12:56am

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What a kick ass soundtrack title razz the clips are not available in my region, but I'll them up. Definitely gonna check "Salmonberries" too, didn't know acting was part of her repertoire as well. Should be interesting nod

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Reply #11 posted 08/07/18 4:05pm

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Hamad said:

I'm not really familiar with her music aside from "Hallelujah" remake and the "Sing It Loud" album which I love very much & think its one of the best produced albums in the past 10 years.. Ready to dig in deeper though, any idea where to start?


I only bought "All You Can Eat" and shamefully haven't listened to anything else from her, despite effing loving that album. So smooth.
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Reply #12 posted 08/07/18 4:36pm

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tump said:

Hamad said:

I'm not really familiar with her music aside from "Hallelujah" remake and the "Sing It Loud" album which I love very much & think its one of the best produced albums in the past 10 years.. Ready to dig in deeper though, any idea where to start?

I only bought "All You Can Eat" and shamefully haven't listened to anything else from her, despite effing loving that album. So smooth.

Thats exactly how I would sum up her music nod and its never too late to venture out. I've been having a ball with listening to the recommendations that were given here.

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Reply #13 posted 08/08/18 1:55pm

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Did you know KD Lang sang back up on some Wendy & Lisa tracks? kd admitted in the Drag era that she was in love with a woman who was "as good as married" when she wrote 1992's Ingenue. Turns out our purple girl, Wendy Melvoin, was her inspiration. Image searches from that era shows kd and Wendy attending the premiere of Madonna's Truth Or Dare movie (kd hugging up on Madonna).

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Reply #14 posted 08/08/18 4:44pm

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Cinny said:

Did you know KD Lang sang back up on some Wendy & Lisa tracks? kd admitted in the Drag era that she was in love with a woman who was "as good as married" when she wrote 1992's Ingenue. Turns out our purple girl, Wendy Melvoin, was her inspiration. Image searches from that era shows kd and Wendy attending the premiere of Madonna's Truth Or Dare movie (kd hugging up on Madonna).



Now that you’ve mentioned it, I could hear KD easily some some of the W&L materials ala “Girl Bros” album. In fact, it would be so cool if they produced/played behind her in a whole album. Oh that would be so divine #AgreeingWithSelf love
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Reply #15 posted 08/09/18 8:22am

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Ingenue is the real answer here.

And there was areissue last year that included the original album on one disc, and a second disc containing the songs from Ingenue that she performed on MTV Unplugged, airing in 1993 but never released as an album or VHS/DVD.

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Reply #16 posted 08/09/18 9:55am

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Ingenue is the real answer here.

And there was areissue last year that included the original album on one disc, and a second disc containing the songs from Ingenue that she performed on MTV Unplugged, airing in 1993 but never released as an album or VHS/DVD.

Completely agree! This is my fav cd. kd has one the best voices ever. Tony Bennett has comments numerous times over the years that her voice is "real".

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Reply #17 posted 08/09/18 9:47pm

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A good recent interview with KD from this year:

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PORTLAND, Ore. — There’s a touch of silver now in K. D. Lang’s punk pompadour, which she still clips herself with whatever is at hand: grape shears, cuticle scissors, a paring knife. And she still performs barefoot, a habit acquired because she was tired of the plastic Payless boots she used to favor in deference to her vegan beliefs. But Ms. Lang, 56, has put aside the stirring androgyne character she inhabited 25 years ago, when she transformed herself from the curiously campy Canadian cowgirl with the languid vibrato into the torch singer behind the postapocalyptic cabaret album, as she once described it, called “Ingénue.”

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The record, which went platinum, made Ms. Lang a superstar, and its closing song, the erotic pop lamentation “Constant Craving,” earned her a third Grammy. (She won a fourth in 2004 for “What a Wonderful World,” recorded with Tony Bennett for an album of American standards).

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It would also become Ms. Lang’s “Free Bird”: the song she would seemingly have to play at the close of every show for the rest of her life, extending her microphone toward her audience, as that ritual dictates, so they could render its refrain back to her, ecstatically off key. Not that she wasn’t happy to do so. “That’s what people want,” she said, though when she wrote the song, she was annoyed by it. “I knew it was a hit, and I was mad at it for that. I felt that it was a sellout at the time.”

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read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2...-tour.html

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Reply #18 posted 08/13/18 10:26am

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I'm not really familiar with her music aside from "Hallelujah" remake and the "Sing It Loud" album which I love very much & think its one of the best produced albums in the past 10 years.. Ready to dig in deeper though, any idea where to start?

A Truly Western Experince 1984 & Angel with a Lariat 1987 (with the reclines) is where her recording career began. She was very rockabilly (she used be called punk/country). But Shadowland, where she was produced by the legendary Owen Bradley (Pasty Cline), is a great place to start. Busy Being Blue is a stand out track. She tackles a few modern tracks like (Western Stars - Chirs Issack), and some standards Don't Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes, Lock, Stock & Teardrops, Down to my Last Cigarette. This album started her one her way, to getting some recognition across the border in the US (country market). They never would get over her sexuality (of course).

Not to be missed is follow up album with the Reclines - Absolute Torch and Twang. This album solidified her as a national superstar in her homeland Canada. Contain her first #1 hit at home (on the country chart) and also contains her first cross over to the pop charts Trail of Broken Hearts. https://youtu.be/vqWK8CEKrjQ She wrote all tracks but 2 (of 12), even poked a little fun at herself with Big Boned Gal.

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