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|k.d. lang & The Reclines|
Absolute Torch & Twang
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
This 1989 album was k.d. lang's generous farewell to the country music world that had given her the cold shoulder after her stellar collaboration with legendary producer Owen Bradley on Shadowland. Songs such as "Pulling B... more »
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This 1989 album was k.d. lang's generous farewell to the country music world that had given her the cold shoulder after her stellar collaboration with legendary producer Owen Bradley on Shadowland. Songs such as "Pulling Back the Reins"--written by lang with coproducer-guitarist Ben Mink--combined classic country and western imagery with more revealingly personal emotions. At the same time, the album maintained a sly sense of humor missing from much of her later work. The covers of Willie Nelson ("Three Days") and Wynn Stewart ("Big Big Love") certainly don't hurt. The Reclines, lang's band, is notable for the presence of Greg Leisz on steel guitar. -Rick Mitchell
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Barbara M. (Babe) from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 3/5/2007...
Great voice, great CD!
Flo G. from LARGO, FL
Reviewed on 12/9/2006...
Lower case name, BOLD CAPITAL talent
Kevin Cook | McDonough, Georgia USA | 01/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first time I saw k.d. lang (on "Hee Haw," no less), I thought I was seeing my boyhood friend Woody Meeks again. But when k.d. opened her mouth and that big, big voice washed over me like warm honey, I was 95% certain Woody never could have learned to sing like that. Needless to say, k.d. didn't exactly fit the mold of a "Hee Haw" honey. Visually and vocally, k.d. was a brash breath of fresh Canadian air, a big-boned gal on a mission to teach the big-haired country music queens of the day how to sing it right.On "Absolute," she does just that. This is a bold album, nearly perfect, that sounds as good today as it did in 1989. Better, even, if you put it up against the dross that passes for country music nowadays.k.d. holds her own, whether it's Western swing ("Three Days"), lush ballad ("Trail of Broken Hearts") or high octane hybrid ("Big Big Love"). On "Big Boned Gal" and "It's Me," she has great fun celebrating her, shall we say, differentness, with a hearty nudge-nudge, wink-wink. k.d.'s band, the Reclines, sound like the tightest, smartest, most versatile roadhouse band ever assembled. Enough said.My favorite track is "Pullin' Back the Reins," one of eight superb songs k.d. wrote for the album with longtime collaborator/co-producer Ben Mink. Silky smooth and absolutely, flat-out gorgeous, a single playing of "Reins" would gentle the wildest mustang."
She defines the genre
C. K. Nichols | san juan islands, wa | 09/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bassist Ray Brown once said of Ella Fitzgerald, "it's not what she did, it's what she didn't do; she never did anything wrong". I believe this can also be said of k.d. lang (and The Reclines). If you want middle-of-the-road pap you can always listen to Shania Twain, Faith Hill or a vast number of similar beauty queens who fill up the air waves today. If you're in search of a thrillingly fabulous country influenced album with a standout singer/songwriter/interpreter and downright brilliant instrumentation, "Absolute Torch and Twang" is nonpareil."