June 11, 2000 |
Like most quality artists, lang is most compelling when she's edging toward emotional extremes--either challenging pop sensibilities as she did with her early cowgirl-punk approach or by revisiting familiar pop terrain (such as Roy Orbison's "Crying" or Cole Porter's "So in Love") with an intensity that is flat-out haunting. On "Invincible Summer" (which will arrive in stores on June 20), lang stays closer to the mainstream with music that lulls and caresses rather than shakes or rattles.
August 10, 1992 |
Singer k.d. lang, she of the uniquely lowercase name and brilliantly uppercase voice, is a consummate entertainer solidly grounded in the great show-biz traditions, and certainly no shock therapist. For all the controversy that's occasionally cropped up over her recently revealed homosexuality, her vegetarianism, her musical shifts, etc., she ultimately quests merely to win you and woo you with song, like many a less provocative balladeer over the decades.
September 26, 1997 |
K.d. lang executed two gender reversals in her lyrics during her Wiltern Theatre concert on Wednesday. In Steve Miller's "The Joker," she got rid of the cowboy and made it, "Some people call me the space cowgirl." And during her own "Miss Chatelaine," she glanced down at her '50s-style suit and two-tone oxfords and crooned, "I can't explain why I've become Mister Chatelaine."
July 20, 1997 |
Sunday "Crimes in Time" / 6 and 10 p.m. History Channel Producers of this two-hour special have selected four crimes that ostensibly "tell the story of an era." Well, you can be the judge of that while watching an account of the man who in 1911 stole the Mona Lisa--not for money, but for revenge.
November 7, 1993 |
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.
March 8, 1996 |
Pop singer k.d. lang will play the Orange County Performing Arts Center on April 12, a rare engagement for a concert hall that has been slow to embrace pop as part of its regular repertoire. The critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning Canadian singer ranges stylistically from country to rock to R&B and languid pop balladry. She joins Art Garfunkel, who played in 1993, and Ray Charles, who appeared in 1994, as the only pop acts that the center's own management has booked into the 3,000-seat hall.
December 22, 1991 |
The "candid moments at home" promised on the back cover turn out to be nothing more than lang's conventional narration, but the "rare live performances and videos" add up to a lively chronicle of the evolution of one of pop's most electric and independent artists. As the country-accented singer moves through some early Canadian TV appearances to her own stylish videos, she experiments with everything from musical genres to hairstyles.
May 28, 1989 |
On her third album, Lang takes a few jaunts accompanied by some venerable ghosts of pop music past, the most spectacular result being a superlative version of the Faron Young-Willie Nelson song "Three Days." Imagine Patsy Cline seeing Judy Garland through the eyes of Billie Holiday (no joke) on this tune about the utter self-abasement that can hit when love vanishes. But Lang is only guided by those musical spirits, not possessed by them. While she can summon up their emotional vulnerability, the difference for Lang is that loss, no matter how painfully expressed in some of the songs here, never gives way to despair.
June 20, 2001 |
Melissa Etheridge has written a memoir dishing aplenty about her 12-year relationship with Julie Cypher, who left husband Lou Diamond Phillips to set up housekeeping with the rocker and later pulled an Anne Heche, announcing "I'm just not gay." Etheridge's 229-page autobiography, "The Truth Is ... My Life in Love and Music," confirms rumors that Brad Pitt and Jackson Browne were considered to father the women's two children until David Crosby volunteered to be the biological dad.