WATERSHED is the first album K.D. Lang has ever produced by herself, and as such, it sounds like a culmination of nearly every sound the Canadian singer-songwriter has ever explored in her career, save the manic rockabilly cowpunk of her debut album, 1987's ANGEL WITH A LARIAT. The lush, torchy feel of 1992's INGENUE and the jazzier direction of her later albums are the most obvious touchstones for the warmth and intimacy of WATERSHED, with the wistful opener "I Dream of Spring" and the cocktail lounge balladry of "Sunday" the most obvious standouts in that category.
Elsewhere, the country-tinged sway of the harmony-heavy "Flame of the Uninspired" and the semi-rustic banjo-led folk of "Jealous Dog" recall the sound of SHADOWLAND and ABSOLUTE TORCH AND TWANG, while the gentle Brazilian pulse of "Upstream" and the minimalist electronics of "Shadow and the Frame" point towards new areas of exploration. One of Lang's finest and most self-assured records, WATERSHED is an essential listen.
What the critics say...
Rolling Stone (p.82) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "WATERSHED is first-rate singer-songwriter music; Lang fuses the various styles she has tapped -- country, pop, Brazilian -- with an alluring integration."
Uncut (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a voice that only grows richer, and some vividly minimal arrangements -- a subtle soundworld of sparse acoustics, steel guitars, electric piano and brooding clouds of strings."
Q (Magazine) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n album lush and heady with romantic intoxication, even summoning up the ghost of Karen Carpenter on a sumptuous 'Once In A While'."
- I Dream Of Spring
- Je Fais La Planche
- Coming Home
- Once In A While
- Close Your Eyes
- Flame Of The Uninspired
- Shadow And The Frame
- Jealous Dog
- I Dream Of Spring - (live)
- Wash Me Clean - (live)
- Valley, The - (live)
- Hallelujah - (live)
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