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Watershed

K. D. LangAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Sing it Loud, scheduled for release by Nonesuch Records on April 12, is lang’s first record made entirely with a band of her own since the pair of albums with the Reclines that launched her career more than 20 years ago. In June, lang and the Siss Boom Bang—comprising Joe Pisapia (a multi-instrumentalist who co-produced the album with lang and serves as musical director), Daniel ... Read more in Amazon's K. D. Lang Store

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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000XUO6T8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Watershed, K.D. Lang’s second Nonesuch album, indeed represents a significant juncture in her 25-year career as a recording artist-a collection of eleven new original songs produced, for the first time, by Lang herself. As with any challenge she’s met in her unparalleled career, lang is a natural behind the boards in the studio. Watershed has an intimate feel and a sophisticated sound that highlights the warmth in Lang’s voice, the maturity of her songwriting and the simple beauty of her arrangements. The Grammy Award-winning artist draws on her wealth of experience with an impressively wide range of genres to fashion a revealing portrait of the artist as she is right now. As Lang explains, "Watershed is like a culmination of everything I’ve done — there’s a little bit of jazz, a little country, a little of the Ingénue sound, a little Brazilian touch. It really feels like the way I hear music, this mash-up of genres, and I think it reflects all the styles that have preceded this in my catalogue."

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Watershed is the first major project from celebrated Canadian chanteuse k.d. lang since 2004's Hymns of the 49th Parallel. Where Hymns explored the music of fellow Canadians such as Ron Sexsmith, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, Watershed represents the first set of original songs from lang in around eight years. Self-produced and arranged by musicians she has worked with a lot in the past, the most striking aspect of the album is its intimate, homely feel. Adding to the cozy ambience is the fact that Watershed brings most of lang's musical passions and influences--jazz, country, folk, bossa nova--under one roof, lending the project a dreamy, mellifluous coherence. But if the musical landscape is mellow and easy to traverse, Lang's lyrics can be less comfortable. Using her laid-back, often ethereal arrangements as sugar-candied coating for thornier topics, the singer serenades with stories of broken love, occasionally harsh self-analysis and the obligatory forays into existential angst. These contrastive elements only serve to make the album stronger, adding emotional weight to the airless arrangements of "Once in a While," and the delicate "Close Your Eyes," and conjuring up images of beauty on the string-laden "I Dream of Spring," and the wonderfully lazy "Sunday". Intelligent, mature and sophisticated, Watershed is the kind of perfect pop album it's difficult not to fall in love with immediately and forever. --Paul Sullivan

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kd lang SIMPLY AMAZING February 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Finally, a new kd lang album, and one she wrote and produced herself. "Watershed" is like back to the good old days when she was releasing her good music. This reminds me of "All You Can Eat" and "Absolute Torch and Twang", her finest. And it's great to see her writing again with Ben Mink after all these years. It's a beautiful album from an incredible voice. Every time I listen to this CD I like it more and more, it will grow on you. And that's a sign of great music, it's not instant, but takes its time to draw you in and then you're hooked. I love kd lang and this is as good as it gets. It's hard to decide what I'd like to hear next from her, an album of great covers or old standards or more of this same kind. Either way it doesn't matter, as long as we don't have to wait this long again.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming home February 12, 2008
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Kd has come back home.That is to write gorgeous songs such as I Dream of Spring and Close Your Eyes with pal Ben Mink.We fans have waited for such a complete album for long.So embark and dream along with the unique Kathryn.Throughout the journey,you will feel like you are in a coffee shop surrounded by country,pop and jazz musicians,all of them trying to accompany this unparallel voice that thrives on lows and ride triumphantly on highs.Bon voyage!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watershed is a very enjoyable listening experience February 5, 2008
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KD Lang sounds so good on her tenth studio album Watershed. This is her first self produced album. This disc is a turning point in her career, and that is the reason for the title Watershed. I love the musical and vocal arrangements of these tracks very much. My favorite track is "I Dream Of Spring". Her sensual vocals are beautiful on this love song. I love Greg Leisz who is featured on the steel guitar featured on this track. The other stand out track is "Sunday". This is a tribute to her favorite day of the week. The bass playing by David Piltch on this track is so smooth. "Je Fais La Planche" is a song about how brief life is. The acoustic guitar gives this track a very soothing quality. The banjo playing on "Jealous Dog" gives this track a simple easy going sound. Shadow And The Frame is a pretty song. The piano playing is beautiful on this track. "Once in A While" is a pretty romantic song. "Upstream" is a hopeful song that makes me feel good. "Flame Of The Uninspired" is another sensual sounding track with great background vocals. She sounds so peaceful and effortless singing the track "Coming Home". Watershed is very enjoyable listening experience because of the vocal and musical arrangements.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Peak Has Been Reached February 26, 2008
Format:Audio CD
k.d. lang's music has wound its way into my life since childhood. I've followed her ever-changing career with fierce anticipation: what would k.d. do next? You could always count on two lang albums NEVER sounding exactly alike. The only low-point in her genre-hopping is (IMO) A Wonderful World with Tony Bennett (I sat through one listen and can't go there again--just hate it!) Other than that, k.d. has never disappointed and with her newest album, "Watershed", we find k.d. in her most comfortable, most intimate and most interesting.

Everyone hails "Ingenue" as k.d.'s masterpiece, but I will disagree with that. I will say that "Watershed" is the other side of the "Ingenue" coin. While "Ingenue" was focused on the obessive love of another person (in a very naive way), "Watershed" finds lang expanding her horizons and going far deeper than unrequited love. It's this openness and broader perspective that makes "Watershed" so brilliant.

I'm interested to see where k.d. takes us next. If I have my druthers, we'd get a traditional bluegrass album! You can see hints of that on the track "Jealous Dog" and I'd love if that were explored in a full-length album. But that's me! :) Either way, "Watershed" is a must-have for old and new fans.

5 Stars!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pouring it all out July 1, 2008
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For her first album of originals since 2000's Invincible Summer, kd lang hearkens back to all the music she's made in the last 25 years. There are touches of her Absolute Torch and Twang country brilliance, the snazzy chanteuse who blossomed on Ingénue and the lush, smokey voice that has carried across all her work from the beginning. It also marks her transition to a mature singer/songwriter.

"Watershed" may be comprised mostly of love songs, but they are subtle takes on the gift. "Coming Home" (the best song here) is exquisitely written; can you name any songwriters of late who can work a word like 'minutiae' into their lyrics? Didn't think so. The heavy handed Moon/June type of love songs are 100% absent from "Watershed," replaced by such delights as "Flame of The Uninspired" or "I Dream Of Spring." The songs are often underscored with gorgeous string charts. It's Lang's first attempt at self-production, and she acquits herself nicely.

Unfortunately, what keeps this album from a more inspiring rating is the fact that it never perks up past low-to-mid tempo. The biggest kicks come from the clever "Upstream," and the country growler that closes the CD, "Jealous Dog." "Dog" is the only song that breaks from the immaculate middle of the road sound. By just setting itself around Lang and her piano/banjo playing, it breaks the mold enough to be a standout. It's an issue that also haunted her prior Nonesuch CD,
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5.0 out of 5 stars pitch perfect!
It is K.D. Lang ... pitch perfect!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love KD Lang
This artist is simply The Best! I love anything that KD Lang does and purchased this CD and definitely was not disappointed.
Published 8 months ago by HappyDonita
3.0 out of 5 stars Watershed
Not one of K.D. Lang's better CD's
She has produced mush better ones, but with time comes also maturity in the voice.
Published 20 months ago by Maria Kanas
5.0 out of 5 stars To thumbs up.
Classic kd. Once I start, I can't stop listening to it. It's addicting. The music, the lyrics her vocals are a complete package. Satisfaction gaurenteed.
Published 21 months ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadows
K.D. Lang never disappoints,her voice is amazing no matter what she sings, this one is mellow and shows her effortless soothing sound. I'm not country, she's everything for anyone. Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by Jill Agnew , you're great with service and quality, have not read yet, love KD always!
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy Lady
Is it possible to take an artist's near-perfection for granted? At her recent sold-out concert at the Palace of Fine Arts, singer-composer k.d. Read more
Published on December 6, 2011 by Jim Provenzano
2.0 out of 5 stars i don't get it
I confess I don't understand. I'm not much of a k.d. fan, but I did think "Ingenue" was a masterpiece, all those years ago. This, however, is incredibly boring. Read more
Published on October 3, 2011 by Bertrand Stclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Today I listened to this for the first time. Her voice is so pure, so beautiful and at times, sultry. Every song seems perfect for this album. I love it.
Published on September 17, 2011 by J. F Palmer
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