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Shadowland

k.d. lang

1988

Shadowland

Album Summary

Shadowland is the debut solo album by k.d. lang, released in 1988 (see 1988 in music). The album included her collaboration with Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn and Brenda Lee on "Honky Tonk Angels' Medley" and was produced by Owen Bradley, who produced Patsy Cline's best-known work.

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Rating

2.85

Votes

4561

Genres

  • Country
  • Pop
  • Singer Songwriter
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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

I thought I knew who k.d. lang was, but I did not. Very cool, very country/western.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

My life has been rather stressful recently, I needed this, lovely listen.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

great music for when I’m a sad dyke but want to be country about it. This album definitely dips into being cheesy and maudlin at times, but Lang’s vocal performance is so fantastic that she sells it well enough. weirdly, this album felt a lot longer than 35 minutes. 7/10

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

This type of country is squarely my shit. Not every song is perfect but what a lovely listen.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
4

i'd forgotten how sweet and how powerful her voice is. this was a joy to hear, even thought i don't really love the music - it was a definite throwback to a time that's pretty much lost, when country music could be lonely and soulful, and not just cheap beer and cheap flags.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

This isn't country... I've been tricked. It's jazzy lounge music reminiscent of 40s and 50s clubs. It's the very definition of easy listening, with a soulful voice and cozy sound, utilizing techniques from jazz, blues, and country. It's fine to listen to, but some songs suck, and I don't think there's anything to write outstanding about any of the tracks. Favorites: Western Stars, I Wish I Didn't Love You So, Black Coffee, Busy Being Blue

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Tue Jan 11 2022
2

Imagine this being your first album. A bunch of cabaret-style country cover songs. This is hotel lobby fodder if I've ever heard it. Has no place on this list. 2/5.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
1

This album confirms I'm not a huge kd lang fan, which is something I always suspected.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
1

I thought "oh, nice voice, but in the 50s music wasn't really to my taste". Then I saw it was made in 1988! What the fuck? How is it on this list? As a significant throwback karaoke album? Nope.

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Sun May 23 2021
5

It’s excellent. Deserved of many many repeat listens.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Awesome

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

Loved it!

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

Fabulous. Just fabulous. One reason for doing this is to 'discover' prominent artists who despite attaining global prominence have somehow stayed off my radar. I'm now a fully certified kd fan. Thank you

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

The album is good K.D Lang has a beautiful voice I want to get into more of his music

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Love this, wasn't expecting it to have such a country vibe.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
5

Я удивлён. Думал, что это будет кантри, но если кантри и есть, то крайне в крайне необычном виде. Джаз и блюз великолепен. Голос исполнительницы шикарен. Красивый. Даже буду переслушивать.

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Fri May 13 2022
5

Loved it. Great country.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Hmmmm, 5? I fucking love this

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

Right on. This is why this is a fun project. Best find so far. I mean, what's not to like? Old-school country, produced perfectly. (I just read that she convinced Owen Bradley, who produced Patsy Cline, to come out retirement.) Lang has an amazing voice. Also that opening track is pure bliss. Why did it take me so long to listen to this?

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Being pretty young throughout the 90s, and growing up in a rather conservative area, the only context I *ever* had for k.d. land was "DiD yOu KnOw ShE's A lEsBiAn?!?!?" I'm sad to say that that was still basically all I still knew about her before listening to this. Imagine my surprise (and delight!) to learn that she is essentially a slightly more baritone, updated version of Patsy Cline! I adored this album. Catchy tunes interspersed with wistful ballads. This is my favorite kind of country music. I'm somewhere between a 4 and a 5 on this, but writing out my feelings has (temporarily, at least) boosted me to a 5.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

So rich with emotion, and she has such a raw, talented voice. This album has become a favorite.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

just absolutely great ear sex🥰

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Lovely country tones with a genuine voice

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

I wish all music sounded like this

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

Fun album. Busy Being Blue was a really great tune.

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Fri Dec 04 2020
4

I like this more than "Ingenue". It's more of a cut-and-dry country record, with a chorus of all-stars at the end, and some interesting choices of instruments (don't remember much saxophone on other country records). Still not really for me, but I can kind of see the reverence around it. 3.5 stars. Favorite tracks: "Black Coffee", "Down to My Last Cigarette"

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

My only reference point for KD Lang was that my friend's lesbian mom listened to her. I had no idea what she sounded like, but she is far more soulful than I imagined.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

yeah you know what this was pretty good

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Did not expect this to be country.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Quality songwriting and performance

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Sat May 15 2021
4

Sounds great, but not for me

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: (Waltz me), Don't let the stars get in your eyes, Tears don't care who cries them

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Swings from fun and pokey to smoky and romantic. Pair with a date at home. 4/5

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Wasn't sure about this originally. First few songs a bit slow and waiting for it to pick up. I've since listened about 5 time so feel 4 stars warranted. Picked up after tears don't care who cried them

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Really really liked this, way more than I expected to

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Country is not my style, frankly, but this one was very good.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Nice mix of country and jazzy sounds. Excellent voice. Could listen again

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

After exploring many country touchstone sounds, often with levity, the music understates itself to make lang's voice the star of the show. The subject matter is utterly consistent; The music has the characters of country and pop but isn't quite either. It seems delicious to slow dance to.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

7/10 not a big fan of this genre but I really liked the bluesy rock and roll sound I Wish I Didn’t Love You So, Black Coffee, Shadowland, and Tears Don’t Care Who Cries Them were some of the songs I liked most overall a fun album but I don’t think I want to hear any other songs in her discography unless they’re also on this website/book

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Holy shit. The opening to this record is not at all what I expected. Sounds like Willie Nelson and his band are backing such a beautiful voice. I love this and I'm truly surprised. I mean, I knew that I liked what I know of K.D. Lang ("Constant Craving" and that's it). Her voice, the surprise that she's actually a country artist, the lack of Southern baggage she carries as a Canadian, and my excitement to listen to this in the summer when I want to nap in a hammock...all lead to a surprising 4 stars. If this wasn't her debut, it might be a 3. Because it's not super original. But to come out of the gates so strong, is just incredible. I look forward to listening more to this record and her other music.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Very cool. If Marty Robbins was a woman, he would have sounded a lot like this.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

lovely voice, subversive then, unsurprising now...

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

This album really surprised me! Ended up listening to it at least a few times over. Think in doing so I made myself sick of it? But a solid 4/5 anyway.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

Always partial to things that lean melancholic, really enjoyed this.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

I always knew I liked her voice, but this album is so great. Great songs, great band, great arrangements.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Slick and smooth country from country great k.d. lang. With a voice like that and classic country tunes that call back to the great crooners of old, you can't lose. Charming is the word I'm looking for.

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Thu May 05 2022
4

A had heard of k.d lang but didn't know much about her before listening to this album. It was a nice mix of country and jazz vocals. If you'd have asked me beforehand I would have thought that this couldn't work but she pulls it of rather well. Enjoyed the whole album quite a bit but the opening track, "Western Stars" was the real standout for me. I could see me putting this on again as just something to relax to with a good book.

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Thu May 05 2022
4

I didn't expect this to be anything more than average. But I was really surprised. I felt kind of sheepish because I only gave Loretta Lynn a 3, but this album was more than just good singing. And Lang can really sing (better than Lynn, probably better than many). I kind of viewed it more like the Marty Robbins album. Vocals that fill the ears and some real simple but precise musical accompaniment - perfectly on point for her vocals. Throwback to country of a different time. Really solid.

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Thu May 05 2022
4

I like the mixture between country and lounge act lang straddles here. It was her first record so I guess she was still trying to figure things out, but you can hear the real emotion and fire in some of those tunes. Go for it girl, yeah! So... would you file this under country? I guess so. But the jazzier bits break up the monotony. I really dug it, reminded me of Lyle Lovett. Nice refreshing change of pace for me.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

better than I expected, good country sound!

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

This album is a great mix of honky tonk, doo-wop, and a healthy dose of the Bakersfield Sound. KD Lang is strongly influenced by Patsy Cline to the point where she uses her producer on this album. Overall this album reads like a love letter to KD Lang’s heroes and it works incredibly well; her voice can be forceful and delicate and suits the music perfectly.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

Gorgeous voice. Timeless songs. Why have I not heard this before. I always thought Ingenue was her first..

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

Solid combination sof country, jazz and pop here. Favorites: "I Wish I Didn't Love You", "Black Coffee", "I'm Down to My Last Cigarette"

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Well balanced production. A little bit of something for everybody.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

This mix of breathy 30s music and country blues is like crack to me honestly. Idc what it is but I’ll always enjoy it. Especially lock stock and teardrops

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Well, to start off, I didn't know KD Lang was a country artist at her debut. I only knew her from the song "Constant Craving" and always thought she was more of a pop artists from the R&B side of the music world. That said, her voice grabs you from the beginning of the first track. She has the perfect female country voice: powerful yet subtle, soft and filled with emotion. This album has a real blast from the past feel. KD Lang isn't Patsy Cline, but she does a hell of an impression. 4/5

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Unexpected but a welcome surprise. Classy old fashioned country with a unique twist Great vocals

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Wow, this is really cool. Kind of a reverby, female Roy Orbison or something? IDK. I've heard of k.d lang forever but never listened to her stuff. Listened to a few more of her albums and none hit the mark quite like this one.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Bra!

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

K.D. Lang has a great, emotive voice, and it’s set well against the backdrop of country stylings

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

De va bra!

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Queer country, queer 50s ballad. Nice listen.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

country, but nice and calm country.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Yee haw älskar cawntry

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

a little reminiscent of Patsy Cline

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

The country vibe bores me to death, but her singing is out of this world and the songs are beautiful

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

this is swag. pedal steel and pretty voice melts me

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

this album is solid. k.d. has a great voice with a really authentic patsy cline vibe. The album feels a little safe, but the what’s there is well-executed. The bass tone on “down to my last cigarette” is super corny

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

4.0

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

Gorgeous voice - and a nice take on the country genre - very familiar yet compact and smooth. Still very country but that doesn’t bother me.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Relaxing!

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Mon Nov 09 2020
3

What happened to her?

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Wed May 26 2021
3

gillade hennes röst va. men i övrigt rätt tradig musik

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Not really a traditional country album but not bad. She has a good voice and the album is decent.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Voice is beautiful. First half of the album was way better than the second.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Nice easy listening country

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Liked this more than I thought I would. Would listen to again.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

It has its qualities, but I didn't like the country themes. I may try other album. 7

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

sorta reminded me of norah jones with the piano and some vocals. damm k.d you can sing. I like how it barely sounds like country. swoonyy. 3.5

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

Not at all what I expected. I don't really know how to weigh the good and bad of a slowjam honky tonk album, but here we are.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

I like this better than Ingenue, but still not the biggest fan of the schmaltzy, lounge singer feel. No doubt she has a great voice. 3 stars.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Music was enjoyable. K.D. Lang has a nice smooth voice, and I'd listen to her again. Not really my style, but was nice background music.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

+1 for Alberta

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Great vocal performance. The album dives into elements of country and contemporary jazz, but never seems to deliver something unique and original in and of itself. Great album for delivering Lang’s voice to the world, but not an album deserving of this list considering the many jazz and country works that precede it.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Interesting mix of country and rock elements, easy listening

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Great voice- pipes of an old handsaw. Struggled to actually find the album online to listen to properly, though.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

R

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Relajante

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Decent listen, a throwback album to country/western music that I generally like. k.d. has a great voice, and it's nice for easing into the morning. I'm not entirely sure why it's on this list, though. It's a great showcase for her talents, but it doesn't seem particularly ground-breaking, and I'd go to other artists (e.g., Patsy Cline) for better seminal work in the genre.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

very fun very groovy

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

Debut Album. Reminded me of Patsy Cline. Great Voice. Slow country.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Not my cup of tea

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Listening again

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

Surprisingly pleasant.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

Smooth and easy listening.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Too folk-ish to my taste, so no deep comments today :)

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Just boring country. Her voice is decent though. 5/10

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

5/10. Pretty decent, but a little boring. Might have been more enjoyable if I paid more attention, or it might have just dragged on longer.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Decent, kind of boring. For the most part this feels like it could be a Hank Williams Sr cover album. Black Coffee is amazing.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Country isn’t a genre I would seek out but I enjoyed listening to this 3*

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

A little too much western vibes. Fine but would rush to put on again.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

This feels like Country being country. 2.5, but will bump because 'Busy Being Blue' has a 'Shine on you crazy Diamond' feeling going on and I dig it

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

Somehow, I’ve managed to go all these years without ever listening to K.D. Lang. That’s unfortunate because this is was a pleasant listen. Lang’s vocal style is smooth as silk, languid and dreamy and quite engaging. It’s hard not to like her. Lang's style is very evocative of Patsy Cline, especially when she hits that little yodel. She really channels Patsy in “I Wish I Didn’t Love You So.” Musically the album definitely has a retro vibe, like honky tonk music of the early 60s, with a torchy undertone. Really lovely. Fave Songs: Western Stars, I Wish I Didn’t Love You So, Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes, I’m Down to My Last Cigarette

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Belle voix, belle musique et bien realise. Pour une premier album c’est tres bon et ca s’ecoute bine. 3.75

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Powerful vocals, but I am generally bored by the song arrangements. Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes and Black Coffee are best. I don't think any are making it into rotation for me.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

I really only knew her version of Hallelujah, which is beautiful but had never listened to anything else by her. She does have a great voice. This album was a tad too country for me personally. Didn't dislike it, am pretty neutral to it. Wouldn't ask to change the station if it was on in the car. Favourite song: Sugar moon, black coffee

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

It was fine. Country isn't my style but this wasn't off putting, it was whelming. I liked the bluesier parts best. Favourite Track: Busy Being Blue

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Starts pretty well, but then I got bored of it.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

This is solid, classic country music. It's not really my cup of tea, but k.d. has a great voice, it's well-suited to the genre, she's believable. I really liked "My Last Cigarette" - if that's not a near-perfect country-western song, I don't know what it. On the whole, I'd put it up there with Patsy Cline, George Jones, etc - well executed, but nothing really mind-blowing.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Mind blowingly beautiful voice let down by the incessant tacky love songs and faux noir laid out on a piano sultry sax numbers. Got super confusing jumping between full on noir piano, to honky tonk country then back again. ( I was trying to be funny saying honky tonk without realising that there's a whole closing track called Honky Tonk Medley. Good lord 🤦🤦🤦🤦. Sorry KD, I do not in fact love that two fiddle sound. The banjo can get fucked too.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

Aika perus kantri-honky-tonkyltä kuulosti, ei mitään sen kummempaa. Ei oikein ollut sellaisia suuria hittibiisejä, jotka olisivat jääneet päähän soimaan. Hajuton ja mauton perus kolme miinus.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

I really thought kd lang referred to an old school rapper and not a white country lady pretty chill though

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Mon Jan 17 2022
3

Great voice, just not really my thing

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Was ok

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Better than I had anticipated. A beautiful voice

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Typisch country album. Mooi gezongen, hier en daar een tof nummer

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

I forgot how nice her voice was, great midrange.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Surprised by this- only country record I’ve actually liked. Each song leaves me interested in where the sound is going next.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Some good jams in here, but a largely forgettable pop sound overall.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Segon disc de la primera etapa de k.d.lang, més centrada en el country. Un country molt influenciat pel pop, però també pel r&b, tocs de jazz i, per sobre tot plegat, la seva veu tan característica. Sent un disc predominantment country, ja deixa entreveure la personalitat càustica de la protagonista, que sobresurtiria en futures obres

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Great album but not my jam

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Please tell me I'm not the only one who thought k.d.lang was a soundcloud rapper.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

This album is ok as far as country goes. It sounded like she just about couldn't reach some of the tones.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

3.25

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Mon May 02 2022
3

Melódica sin mas

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Thu May 19 2022
3

It's not for me, but I certainly didn't hate it thanks to its wit and low key sadness, which made me happy.

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Mon May 30 2022
3

Spongebob title card music. I like it.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

This is good, but it’s really just that. It feels soulful, but not deeply unique. I’m not sure I can describe where it’s lacking, only that it is.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

supongo que es algo innovador para una mujer, curiosamente el sonido va bien con su voz, nada fuera de este mundo pero tampoco nada mal, buena música para tener de fondo

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Well…I didn’t hate it? I can’t see myself listening to this again but I didn’t mind it. I enjoyed “I’m Down to my Last Cigarette.” Also, hard to deny how nice her voice is. She reminds of Jewel, but more country. Nice to see more Canadian talent on here.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

3 So it seems country music is going to appear on here so I might as well get used to it. Once I gave in an accepted it I really started to vibe with it. Reminded me of the music from Fallout: New Vegas. I think I like country ladies more than good ol boys, I’m more apt to listen to what they have to say. This album unlike the last few had really tight playing and production. The lyrics were better than Dwigt but nothing to write home about. Also some sneaky saxophoooooooooone. I dig it. Not bad, a little better than okay. Favorites: Western Stars, Sugar Moon, Black Coffee, Shadowland, I’m Down to My Last Cigarette

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Heard of her, but never listened to her music. I was pleasantly surprised. Thought she had a great voice and the music seemed to flow from country to 50-60's r&b, soul type sound. When I saw the album, I was like oh no, but I enjoyed. Favorites Sugarland, I wish I didn't love you so, Waltz me, years don't care.....heck I liked most of album. Loretta Lynn on last song pretty cool. Solid 3 for me

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Love kd lang and her voice. Listened to Shadowland and then played Constant Craving right after. Such a better sound and overall quality. Shadowland is kd lang doing Patsy Cline. Ingénue is all kd lang as inspired by Patsy.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

k.d. lang is one of those artists I've always thought had something special going on but I never dug into her catalog apart from knowing some of the big hits (and she and Tony Bennett were the choice for Marianne and my wedding song). So this entry makes me want to go and buy the book this whole endeavor is based on. Why this album? I don't know much about her catalog, but I know this is not her best album. It's fine, it's like a glimpse into what she'd later blossom into as an artist, but this is pretty raw, not terribly well produced, and sounds more akin to a well-crafted demo than a shining example of an artist at her creative apex. So why this album? It's a 3 in my book, and just barely.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

It takes a bit to get into it, but I do appreciate the flip on its head approach to her crooning voice. It reminds me of this amalgamation of influences with Elvis, maybe Hank Williams

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Rooten and tooten

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Country's not my thing. But this has some good tracks. Favourite (waltz me) once again...

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

4/12, 33%

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

The old western vibe was cool, but this wasn’t really my jam.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

сначала удивилась что кантри, но да, местами кантри) мало что запомнила

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Pleasant to listen to.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Not really my thing, but it was ok

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

That's one good-sounding sad cowboy.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

That was more fun than I thought it'd be. Simple, enjoyable country. Holy hell k.d. has pipes.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

K.D. Lang has a cool crooning voice, but this album was dated back when it was released and it still is.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

3.5/5. Shoutout Edmonton!

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

this was.. perfectly fine and pleasant. nothing really stood out to me, and i dont think i’ll revisit it, but the vocals were good and the instrumentation was fine.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

De eerste noten doen me aan Hawaii denken. De zang onthult echter de zware Western sound. Doet me denken aan die goedkope vrijmarkten in de jaren '80, waar dit soort muziek door lokale bands gespeeld werd. Prima muziek voor op de achtergrond. ***

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Tue Jul 20 2021
2

Don’t like crooning and don’t like country and western so this album was a bit of a non-starter! One extra mark for being at least listenable!

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Thu Sep 10 2020
2

Old timey country album. Not really a huge fan. But is pretty calming music and not unlistenable.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

Nah

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

this wasn’t even that bad i just did not like it got sick of it

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Wed Feb 17 2021
2

Couldn't locate but cuaght a few songs

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

Definitively, country is not my style....I like very few songs from this style, so this album was very boring to me. I'll dive it 2 stars for one or two songs that were comfortable for listen.

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Fri May 21 2021
2

“Shadowland” by k.d. lang (1988) Here we have a collection of better than average but unrelated love songs (written by others), well covered and produced, but I suspect most of them were bettered covered by others. lang’s voice is the focus, and it’s very good. Good range and control, with some very ambitious stylings in the higher mezzo-soprano reaches. Patsy Cline redivivus. A couple of country-clever lyrical flourishes (“Tears Don’t Care Who Cries Them”). Excellent backing instrumentals and vocals, if you’re into commercial country, pop, and a pathetic smack of blues. Arrangements are exactly what you’d expect from a production team trying to fuse country and jazz. Most of these songs would be good selections for the juke box on a 3:00am visit to an Oklahoma truck stop. But her forays into jazz (“Black Coffee”, “Shadowland” “Busy Being Blue”) fall flat. There seems to be a disconnect between her singing and what’s really on her mind. Too programmed to be considered a really good album. And the cheesy flaunting of Loretta Lynn’s collaboration at the very end makes one cringe. There really is such a thing as too much steel guitar. 2/5

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Mon Jul 12 2021
2

4

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Fri May 21 2021
2

meh

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Thu May 20 2021
2

Liked her voice a lot but slow country ballads isn’t really my favorite type of music. Western Stars, I Wish I Didn’t Love You So, (Waltz Me)..., and Black Coffee were my favorite songs.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
2

This was a tricky one for me to rate, her voice is incredible, I just don't like the style of music it's applied too. Although busy being blue is a great trac

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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

Not really my jam. Too old school 50/60s stuff.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

Not my kind of music. Little too much twang for my liking. But, sounds really nice. Maybe I can get used to it. 2/5 first listen.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
2

Lovely voice, very controlled. Not won over by the country, calypso, old fashioned style although the bluesy jazzy songs are good. Not my thing hence the lowish score, but a worthy album to include as a variation on popular country music.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

Nothing like what I was expecting. It was alright but I don't think I'd listen again.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
2

Lots of country twang. This is a real throw-back record. Lots of ballads... apparently all covers written by others. This record could have easily been made 20 or 30 years earlier I think. I'm no expert on this, but I'm guessing this is inspired by the famed "Nashville Sound". The production and session musicians are very clean and professional sounding. It's maybe a bit too clean and polished sounding for me. I have to say, she has a cool voice - it's kinda smoky sounding and lower than you typically hear in female vocals. Still, this doesn't seem like a landmark album to me. Just some average or above average examples of this genre and not innovating in any perceptible way. More just paying homage to a classic style. If you like this genre you'll probably like this. If not, I'd skip it - seems like there are probably more important/canonical recordings of this genre out there.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
2

There's only three songs on Spotify for this album, so I can't really give it a fair shake. From the three songs there are, it sounds like a mix of country lounge. If you like the image of someone singing a mix of this in a diner then this is for you. The music's as bland and watered down as the coffee in those places. Probably. I've never been, but that's what I imagine and this album has made me imagine it. Bland, watered down coffee. Best Tracks: Western Stars; Black Coffee; Honky Tonk Angels' Medley: In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)/You Nearly Lose Your Mind/Blues Stay Away from Me

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Fri Nov 05 2021
2

Inoffensive, but that’s about it

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Tue Nov 23 2021
2

6/10

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

Really confused by this albums inclusion on the list. Made in 1988, could be mistaken for much older. There is a mixture of country/blues/lounge/jazzy melodies which are nice and K.D.Lang obviously has real vocal talent but the songs she is singing are nothing ground breaking for its time. Rocky start, the initial song 'Western Stars' sounded very uncomfortable, more like a wailing cat than anything else but the album became more enjoyable at the introduction of 'Black Coffee' and the title song 'Shadowlands' where her smooth tones showed through. 'Busy Being Blue' also very notable.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

5/10

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

Sure she has a nice voice, but it's like she made a decision to cover all the most hackneyed, schmaltzy songs she could find. I'm sure my grandma would have liked this.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
2

Levyn nimen ja artistin perusteella odotin joko gangstarappia tai trancea. Ei ihan osunut. Toisaalta ei kyllä levyn sisältö muutenkaan osunut omaan makuhermoon. Todella tylsää countryrallattelua, jota edes mukatarttuvat melodiat ei pelasta. 2-

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Sun Jan 23 2022
2

A little bit uninspired, but not entirely unpleasant. Definitely one of the most impressive voices of the albums we've had so far, badly let down by the backing tracks. I do think the album delivered what little it had to offer early, then tailed off towards the end, with even a strong cover of Down To My Last Cigarette unable to rescue it.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
2

Too show-tuney for me, but not bad

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

Really not my style but I can't fault her voice! 2.5/5 stars

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Thu Mar 24 2022
2

country calmo quase jazz.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
2

REALLY not my thing. Could not even make it through the whole album. No doubt there is some talent here. Almost nothing I can listen to. Only exception: Busy Being Blue. Enjoyed this one song. D+

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Fri Apr 22 2022
2

Best Song: I'm Down to my Last Cigarette. Nice sultry song that suits her voice. Worst Song: Sugar Moon. I just really don't like that old-timey, everything is rosy aesthetic for a song. Overall: I enjoy K.D. Lang's voice, but this kind of crooning music is just not my style.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
2

I hate country music, and this is no exception. Got an extra star for a few catchy guitar riffs, and for the fact that she has a really great voice when she isn't doing that awful yodelly country twang.

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Thu May 05 2022
2

Highlights: Sugar Moon I Wish I Didn't Love You So Shadowland Artwork: 2 / 10 Rating: 4 / 10

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Mon May 09 2022
2

Helst til mikið köntrí fyrir minn smekk, en hún er með svo fallega rödd að það er auðveldlega fyrirgefið.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
2

Yeah, no. Who asked for this? Nobody wants this. Why is this on the list? The only good thing I can say about it is that Lang's voice isn't terrible. Hate that nasty, fake twang but she's got chops which is the only reason this mess doesn't get a single-star review.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
2

Signs of better things to come, lovely strong voice but material is bland.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
2

Chill blues, kinda cliché. Begins to drag hard by the end. Didn't capture me. 2/5, I'd rather give it a 2.5 but...

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

2 Going into this, I knew nothing about the artist or album, yet I had a bunch of questions - including but not limited to: "Who is k.d. lang and why does she look like lesbian Morrissey?" "Why does the Wikipedia article have no information outside of track and personnel listing?" "Why does the most popular song on this album have <500k on Spotify?" After listening to the album, all I can confidently say is that the Pasty Cline vibes are strong with this one... to the point k.d. almost sounds like a tribute artist. If you like Patsy, you'd probably like this album. If you find Patsy okay like I'd do, you'd probably find this album mediocre at best. No song on the album is particularly good or bad to me, but I do think it's a bit too much of the same slow burn to listen to in one sitting - I was kind of bored by the end. If I were in a dim-lit smoke-filled saloon occupied by cowboys drinking away their lonesome sorrows at last call, this album would probably hit the spot. In any other scenario... not sure I'd reach for this album. Favorite songs: Western Stars, Tears Don't Care Who Cries Them

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Thu Aug 25 2022
2

Was expecting soft pop K.D. Lang. Got whining slow country, so syrupy I felt my blood sugar rise. Couldn't do it.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
2

Not for me

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

surprised it was more bluesy and country than I would have expected

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

Great voice, but was bored by the music.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

did not really listen

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Thu Sep 22 2022
2

Dull

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

not really my thing, but pleasant enough. "produced by Owen Bradley, who produced Patsy Cline's best-known work." don't really know Patsy Cline but that was the comparison point I had on some of these.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

Not for me

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Fri Nov 04 2022
2

Ok lez talk about it KD! I see you momma. Love the vocals tbh.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

Too twangy country.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

Something I could listen to in the background, nice to hear but I wouldn't go looking for it.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
2

I found this album quite dreary, just wasn't into it.

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Mon Oct 19 2020
1

Kd Lang :(

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Wed Jan 27 2021
1

No.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
1

Very old school country.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
1

I have an irrational hatred for country music; I listened to Jason Aldean once and never recovered.

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