Monday, November 02, 2009


A cantora canadense K.D. Lang, nasceu no 2 de novembro de 1961 em Edmonton, Alberta. Embora tenha tido considerável êxito ao longo da sua carreira com temas como Constant Craving ou Miss Chatelaine, foi o dueto com Roy Orbison, Crying, que tornou a sua voz conhecida mundialmente

Em 1983 Lang forma o grupo-tributo a Patsy Kline, The Re-Clines, do qual é vocalista. O álbum "Truly Western Experience" de 1984, tem boa aceitação do público canadense e faz com que K. D. seja considerada "Vocalista Feminina Mais Promissora" pelos jurados do Juno Awards ( O Grammy Canadense). Já faturou vários Grammy Awards.

O ano de 1987 foi marcado por "Crying", tema cantado por Lang e Roy Orbison e que fez parte da banda sonora do filme Hiding Out.

K. D. Lang confessou-se lésbica numa entrevista à revista "The Advocate", tornando-se desde aí ativista pelos direitos das LGTB. Além do seu talendo musical, K.D.Lang é também conhecida pelo seu ativismo. Depois que “saiu do armário” em 1992, tem trabalhado em favor das causas gay e lésbica, incluindo as áreas de pesquisa sobre o HIV e AIDS. Ela é vegetariana e já participou de campanhas pelos direitos dos animais. Meat Stinks (Carne Fede), uma dessas campanhas, gerou controvérsia na região pecuária de Alberta, no Canadá, onde ela foi criada.

O disco "Wonderful World" que K.D.Lang gravou com o veterano cantor de jazz Tony Bennett é um prato cheio para quem gosta de standards do Great American Songbook.

Lang canta "Crying".

The canadian vocalist and composer K.D.Lang was born on November 2, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta. Like Madonna, Lang has earned more ink for her offstage antics and provocative, chameleonic image than for her music. A pity, because Lang not only possesses one of the finest voices in pop music, she's also blessed with the sort of stylistic range most singers can only dream of attaining.

She started out performing what could be called postmodern country, but over the course of her career she's proved her mettle in traditional country, flirted successfully with mainstream pop and dance rock, and has even laid convincing claim to various standards.

A Truly Western Experience -- the title is a joke on her home province of Alberta's status as Canada's Wild West -- is a good effort for a bar band, but barely hints at her potential. By the time of Angel With a Lariat, lang had become a fully-formed musical personality, and she also found a valuable ally in multi-instrumentalist Ben Mink.

A veteran of the prog-rock combo FM, Mink had chops to spare -- and a sense of humor every bit as sharp as lang's. Between them, they filled the album with such giddy treats as the Cajun two-step "Got the Bull by the Horns" and the off-balance dance tune "Watch Your Step Polka." Great stuff, but a bit edgy for American country audiences, which may be why lang felt inclined to prove her bona fides with Shadowland, a painstakingly pure tribute to Patsy Cline. Not content with merely singing her heroine's songs, lang recruited Cline's producer, Owen Bradley, and his presence lends an authority to the project no mere re-creation could match. Yet for all her enthusiasm, lang's performance is more impressive as devotion than interpretation, for she often loses her identity in an attempt to seem authentic.

Absolute Torch and Twang brings the focus back to Lang herself. She has wondrous fun with the uptempo tunes, whether homegrown (the cool-rocking "Didn't I") or borrowed (her sly, swinging remake of "Full Moon Full of Love"). But the slow songs are where she really proves her mettle, for between the bluesy inflection of "Three Days" and the melancholy yodel tugging at "Trail of Broken Hearts," lang is revealed as one of the most gifted song stylists in country music. And with Ingenue, genre distinctions become irrelevant as lang fuses her influences into a unique and distinctive sound encompassing everything from the sophistication of "Miss Chatelaine" to the Patsy Cline-meets-Joni Mitchell angst of "Save Me."Having thus established her pop credentials, lang and Mink take a bit of a detour with the semi-experimental cowboy songs of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, a soundtrack that's far more likable than the movie to which it's attached. All You Can Eat pushes her pop evolution even further.

Live by Request is a de facto greatest-hits collection, and it justifies the concert setting with some of lang's most lustrous singing. She also cut an album of standards with Tony Bennett, "Wonderful World". Finally, she put her own imprint on the notion of standards with Hymns of the 49th Parallel, which answers the "American songbook" concept by including only songs by Canadian tunesmiths, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Jane Siberry among them. Typical is "A Case of You," in which lang takes a famously personal and specific pop song and makes it both universal and utterly her own. (J.D. Considine)

Reference - The New Rolling Stone Album

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