Sing It Loud (Deluxe Version)
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For Sing It Loud, k.d. lang is working with a self-contained group that gives her a new consistency of sound. Recorded in Nashville, the album leans towards country music but with an artsy-touch that’s in line with her earlier records in spirit and alt-country and adult-contemporary in sound. She’s what we might expect Patsy Cline, one of her heroes, to sound like in the 21st century. “The Water’s Edge” is fully mature. Her voice takes off for the heavens and the tremolo guitar gives the song a vaguely sinister, retro vibe. “Perfect World” sounds like it was written for Chris Isaak and then reeled back in for lang, who, with a pedal steel guitar haunting her from behind, turns the song into one of her finest in years. The cover of Talking Heads’ ‘Heaven” is virtually unrecognizable, transformed into a song of desert isolation. “Sugar Buzz” aches with lang’s trademark sensuality. The Deluxe Version includes three bonus cuts, the quick-stepping “I Am the Winner,” the loping C&W “Hollywood Kids” and the truly remarkable “Hungry Bird” that’s as dark and mysterious as a David Lynch film.
BEST ALBUM EVER
What this album, recorded with a real band for the first time since her early days with the Reclines (ANGEL WITH A LARIAT), manages to do is, combine an almost live, rock 'n roll vibe and edge with the polish, songwriting craftsmanship, and expert vocals of arguably her biggest success, 1992's INGENUE. For me,
SING IT LOUD, recorded with the Sis Boom Bang band, is, to my ears, the highlight of her stellar recording career. I defy anyone to find a bad track on this, and several ("I Confess," "Sugar Buzz," "Habit Of Mind," "Sorrow Nevermore," and even two of the bonus tracks here, "Hollywood Kids" and "Hungry Bird") are as good as anything she's ever done.
The raw, echoey rock band backing on "I Confess" and, in particular, "Sugar Buzz" (which sounds like some long lost unreleased Rolling Stones gem) give this album a grit that is decidedly lacking on almost all lang's work since "Ingenue." What's brilliant about the arrangements, however, is the band, although it's presence is felt on many of the tracks, never competes with or drowns out lang's incredible instrument, which is allowed to take it's rightful place on center stage. As great a singer as lang is, there is an added feeling of soul and emotion on many of the tracks which, in the past, was wiped out by slick production and arrangements. Here, her vocals, in many cases, are allowed to breathe, showing a vulnerablility and nakedness that, as good as her past work has been, has been missing a good portion of the time.
Of course, it also helps that the material is top notch. lang has co-written all the tracks (save the Talking Heads' cover, "Heaven") with Nashville songwriter Joe Pisapia. None of the songs fall flat. All are good. Many soar.
lang, after 25 years on the music scene, is not only still making great records. She just have made her best one yet.
Saw k.d. and the Siss Boom Bang perform this live at The Troubadour in West Hollywood last night. Too sweet for words.
K.D has the most lush voice imaginable. One of the purest vocalists of our time, and I've loved her music since 1992. This album is no exception, every song on it speaks to you.
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||I Confess||Sing It Loud (Deluxe Version)||4:24||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Sugar Buzz||Sing It Loud (Deluxe Version)||5:12||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Water's Edge||Sing It Loud (Deluxe Version)||3:46||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Sing It Loud||Sing It Loud (Deluxe Version)||5:23||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||A Sleep With No Dreaming||Sing It Loud (Deluxe Version)||3:26||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I Am the Winner (Bonus Track)||Sing It Loud (Deluxe Version)||2:24||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I Confess||Sing It Loud||4:24||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Heaven||Sing It Loud (Deluxe Version)||4:08||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Sing It Loud||Sing It Loud||5:23||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Perfect Word||Sing It Loud (Deluxe Version)||4:40||$1.29||View In iTunes|
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