The record company's advertisements brag that while everyone expected this collection to be just a movie soundtrack, "the project transformed into something no one expected: the new k.d. lang album." Well, maybe--if you were expecting the next k.d. lang album to consist mostly of short instrumental pieces.
Of 16 tracks, only seven are full-fledged vocal numbers. These tend toward the thin yet charming: Several are in the languid, balladic vein of "Ingenue," albeit with a lighter lyrical touch. And with more of Greg Leisz's steel guitar back in the mix, you can hear lang's hybridizing instincts further coalescing into a style that's all hers--Connie Francis on the Plains, or cabaret-and-Western.