||Western Stars||k.d. lang||3:15||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Lock, Stock and Teardrops||k.d. lang||3:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sugar Moon||k.d. lang||2:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Wish I Didn't Love You So||k.d. lang||3:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||(Waltz Me) Once Again Around the Dance Floor||k.d. lang||2:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Black Coffee||k.d. lang||3:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Shadowland||k.d. lang||2:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don't Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes||k.d. lang||2:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tears Don't Care Who Cries Them||k.d. lang||3:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'm Down to My Last Cigarette||k.d. lang||2:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Busy Being Blue||k.d. lang||3:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Honky Tonk Angels' Medley: In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down) / You Nearly Lose Your Mind / Blues Stay Away from Me||k.d. lang||2:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
On her first two albums, k.d. lang took a witty and playful approach to the sounds and traditions of classic country music, and while it was obvious she truly loved the music, she also seemed to be having a bit of fun at its expense at the same time. But in 1988, lang proved beyond a doubt that she was serious about country (as well as her own talent) with Shadowland, an homage to the polished countrypolitan sounds of the 1950s and '60s that was produced by Owen Bradley, the iconic Nashville producer who was behind the controls for many of Patsy Cline's most memorable recordings. lang herself sought out Bradley to work on the album, and luring him out of retirement proved to be a masterstroke; rather than try to re-create the lush textures and deep atmosphere of Bradley's sides for Cline or Brenda Lee herself, lang went to the source, and Bradley gave her studio settings that referenced his work during Nashville's golden era while adding an ever-so-slight contemporary sheen. Bradley also brought aboard an all-star crew of legendary Nashville studio hands and invited Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, and Kitty Wells to sing with lang on the closing "Honky Tonk Angels' Medley." In the hands of many artists, this sort of project might have been an exercise in misplaced, nostalgic fandom, but on Shadowland, lang taps into the sound and style of her most vital musical influences while at the same time putting her stamp on the music — this isn't k.d. lang trying to be Patsy Cline, but rather lang demonstrating what she learned from Cline and where those lessons took her. lang's lush, expressive voice has rarely sounded better or more emotionally powerful than it does on Shadowland, and it presents her meeting the cream of Nashville's greatest era not as a wide-eyed acolyte, but as a gifted artist collaborating on equal terms. It's a magnificent achievement.
This is Ms. Lang's best work, in my opinion: not-too-familar C&W standbys sung with a passion and virtuosity you don't experience very often. I literally wore out the CD when the album was first released back in 1988. K.D. won me over with this one, and I've loved her ever since.
If you enjoy Patsy Cline...
You'll love this album. A friend that didn't like it gave me this, and the Torch and Twang one (which I didn't care for). It led me to a whole new genre of music. The vocals are tight and emotional, with excellent range, the musicians hit every note, like the best studio musicians can. I'm not sure that the instruments carry the emotional undertones that drive great songs, because the vocals do that so well that, like me, you'll never notice! If you love passionate, soulful music, and aren't turned off by a heavy, delicious, steel "geetar", this album will send chills down your spine, bring tears to your eyes, and a smile to your face. It's simply a brilliant bit of artistry, from the last place I'd expect it. Production values are top-notch too. This is a gem your friends will thank you for turning them on to.
The album that got me to like country
Mall record store.
They hire a token metalhead to provide customer service to those into heavy metal and thrash.
Initially disdainful of all thing non-industrial and non-metal, he soon grows to love this album and eventually finds himself playing it in the car, singing along, and knowing every single lyric.
It's just that good.
Born: November 2, 1961 in Consort, Alberta, Canada
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s