k.d. lang – Invincible Summer (2000)

Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC (born November 2, 1961), known by her stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress.

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Invincible Summer is the ninth solo album by k.d. lang, released by Warner Bros. Records in 2000.

The k.d. lang who played tribute to Patsy Cline seems a millennium away from the smooth, pop-infused chanteuse on this album. Glowing with happiness and lovey bliss, this lush album is dripping with the kind of bright, slick production that hasn’t seen much light since the Brill Building’s heyday. Swelling strings, electronic bubbles and warbles, and the occasional mandolin combine to create a sound that manages to evoke a warm feeling of nostalgia without sounding retro.

Topping it all off is lang‘s smooth-as-maple-syrup voice, which shows even greater range than before, occasionally issuing the bell-like tones more often heard from fellow Canadians Jane Siberry and Sarah McLachlan. If there is a fault to this album, it’s that it’s too smooth; while the listener is surfing these waves of happiness and cushiony pop, an occasional desire for edges and bones surfaces. While “The Consequences of Falling,” “Love’s Great Ocean,” and “Simple” are all fine songs, this recording also lacks the kind of hooky, knockout singles that have been featured on her best albums.

Tracklist

01. “The Consequences of Falling”   (Marie-Claire D’Ubaldo, Rick Nowels, Billy Steinberg)  – 3:52
02. “Summerfling”   (k.d. lang, David Piltch)  – 4:15
03. “Suddenly”   (Lang, Piltch)  – 3:32
04. “It’s Happening With You”   (Lang, Piltch)  – 2:48
05. “Extraordinary Thing”   (Abe Laboriel, Jr., Abraham Laboriel, Lang)  – 3:35
06. “Love’s Great Ocean”   (Lang, Ben Mink)  – 5:40
07. “Simple”   (Lang, Piltch)  – 2:44
08. “What Better Said”   (Laboriel, Laboriel, Lang)  – 3:47
09. “When We Collide”   (Laboriel, Laboriel, Lang)  – 4:22
10. “Curiosity”   (Lang)  – 3:41
11. “Only Love”   (Lang)  – 3:52

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Personnel

Production

  • Producers: David Kahne, Damian LeGassick
  • Engineers: Jason Mauza, John Smith
  • Assistant engineers: Andy Ackland, Tony Flores, James Stone
  • Mixing: Rob Brill, David Kahne, Johnny “Hammond” Smith
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • Digital editing: Eric White
  • Drum programming: Eric White
  • Brass arrangement: Damian LeGassick
  • String arrangements: Damian LeGassick, Ben Mink
  • Vocal arrangement: Alex Gifford
  • Art direction: Jeri Heiden, John Heiden
  • Design: Jeri Heiden, John Heiden
  • Photography: Just Loomis

Notes

Released: June 20, 2000
Recorded at:  Conway Studios, Hollywood, CA. Mixed at O’Henry Sound Studios, Burbank, CA. Mastered at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME.
Genre:  Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style:  Pop Rock,
Length:  42:08

Label – Warner Bros. Records

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