K.D. LANG plays Metro Hall Square June 17. See listing. Rating: NNNN
k.d. lang's wisely titled 13th studio album finds the Grammy-winning singer primarily exploring pop and torch songs, and limiting her country side to brief flourishes and instrumentation. Opening song I Confess is lang at her sexiest and most confident, singing about being loved madly while drums crescendo and guitars reverberate.
Working closely with guitarist and co-producer Joe Pisapia, who co-wrote most of the album, lang has created a mature record that avoids being boring or staid. While this can be partially credited to the emotion, drama and playfulness in her vocal delivery, the songs are also arguably her best since 1992's Ingénue.
As well, the Siss Boom Bang band are as skilled at smouldering ballads as they are at light, banjo-inflected pop.
Top track: I Confess