Shanna U. from NASHVILLE, TN Reviewed on 9/21/2006...
She has one of my favorite voices on the planet.
Kd: Songs of Love and Desire 5*!
M. Allen Greenbaum | California | 06/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Simply stated, k.d. lang is one of the top singers today--inany genre. This CD is one of her best, and it doesn't get nearly theair play it deserves. These are songs of love and longing. Kd can sound strong, confused, yearning, confident, and sensuous. Underlying this expressive versatility is her compelling voice--it soars and warms, soothes and excites. The timbre and phrasing are spectacularly good, but never overwhelming. She completes the songs, rather than competing with them: She and the song are as one. The lyrics are simple but direct and effective; never forced, the words wrap around the music just as k.d.'s voice envelops the words.Unlike most CDS (where there often are at least one or two disappointing numbers) every song here dazzles. "Sexuality" is a song to share with someone you love: Both playful, "how bad could it be, that you should fall in love with me," and bold "release yourself upon me," its hauntingly beautiful arrangement (augmented by Ben Mink's strings) is just one of many highlights here. "Believe in Me" is lushly arranged with viola, violin, guitars, cello, and keyboards. "Infinite and Unforeseen" basks in warm, languishing, contemplative colors; every note played and placed just right without seeming studied. The last song, "I want it all," embraces the dualisms of love:"All the illusion, all of the truth, all the confusion, all of the proof; all of the pleasures, all of the pain, all I am losing, all that I've gained...oh-I want it all... "Non-musical features include excellent liner notes, drawings by and pictures of kd, and the location of her official fan club website ... Strong, sensuous, supple, k.d.'s voice is a wonder! Buy this for yourself--or someone you love."
Lang's "All You Can Eat" offers a pop feast
John Jones | Chicago IL | 09/12/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When a left-of-center country/torch singer finds herself with a platinum record, Grammy award, and crossover hit single, what's next? Why, a nosedive into the mainstream, naturally. Luckily for us, this isn't at all the easy sellout it may sound like, and after "Ingenue" and its hit, "Constant Craving," made kd lang a household name, "All You Can Eat" proves she has the talent and taste in material to make sure it was no fluke.In retrospect, it's amazing this album wasn't more of a Stateside success than it was; "If I Were You" and "You're OK" are the sort of irresistible pop/rock workouts you'd expect VH1 to cling to (imagine a subdued Sheryl Crow), and the tender ballad "Maybe" sounds like something Fleetwood Mac might have aspired to after "Rumours." Similarly retro and commercial-friendly is the organ-laced 60's feel behind "Sexuality," and the Beatles-heavy vibe found on "Get Some" provides one of lang's most joyous-sounding vocals and overall finest moments. "Acquiesce" is a bit of an oddity, with some moody "ooh"s and the repeating of the title attempting to pass as hooks, but the track isn't an unpleasant listen, and the tender, Motels-like ballad "This" and the sultry, slow-burn funk of "I Want it All" more than make up for any quibbles it may inspire.Throughout the record lang's frequent producer Ben Mink keeps that glorious voice awash in crisp drum rhythms, tasteful instrumental flourishes and lush self-harmonies; this album is so polished you almost expect to see your own reflection in it. But what's especially striking here is the minimalist effect at work; most of the tunes have one verse and bridge, one chorus, a short solo, and another chorus leading to somewhat abrupt finishes that make you want to instantly start each track over again. Suddenly the Chinese-takeout theme of the packaging makes sense; like the old joke about eating Chinese and being hungry an hour later, you may well find that one -or two, or three- spins of this slick pop record simply isn't enough. "All You Can Eat," indeed."
Mesmerising - a short but perfect opus
S. Foster | Moira, Co Armagh United Kingdom | 05/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"kd lang's voice could turn iron into moult, of that there is no contest. 'All You Can Eat', although a 5 year old recording now, still continues to deliver over its 30 something minute length. The songs flow as smooth as chocolate, and just envelop you in their warmth and sensuality. The playfully teasing 'Sensuality' is an invitation to indulgence (what the album's title infers), with a firm tongue in cheek from ms lang. Get Some & I Want It All continue with the theme of encapsulation and immersion to capacity. The album's real killers however come in the shape of ballads, revealing the sheer range and emotion of kd's crystal clear voice, and the magnitude of her song-writing abilities. 'Acquiesce' simply haunts the soul and stuns with the vocals, and the penultimate trak 'Infinite and Unforeseen' is a spellbinding lost classic which regrettably never saw the light of day as an airplay song. A haunting lullaby which bobs along guided by a guitar and kds vocals, singing of the stirring and memerising effects which love exercises without being able to resit - and you are glad she could not so that she and Ben could create a song of this capacity. It is tragic as that song would have catipulted kd to the top of her league, and definitely won the hearts of millions (and maybe a grammy or 3, we shall never know). Even all these years down the line, this album never fails to bore me with its rich textures and unforgettable charms. kd, I salute you."
Constantly Returning To This CD
Alain Brouillaud | Helsinki, FINLAND | 03/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You've got to give kd Lang a lot of credit. "Ingenue" is one of those CD's an artist loves due to it's success, and dreads what to do next. "All You Can Eat" answers that question. The material has a different feel from its previous effort. I also feel she opens up a little more on this album on cuts like "Sexuality" and "I Want It All". kd gives us a lot of feeling on "This" and "Infinite And Unforseen". "Get Some" could've been a hit, but (as the Artist would say) the right people didn't get paid, so this gem didn't make to the public airwaves.I can listen to "All You Can Eat" for days, put it down for a month, and come right back to it and get that same GREAT feeling! I'm sure you'll get that same feeling as well."
An Album That Deserves Attention
sandrak87 | Woodstock, GA | 12/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful CD. In my opinion, it's better than Ingenue for several reasons. The songs are more mature and clever in their lyrics and also their musicality. There is a sameness about the songs in Ingenue that makes them blend together instead of standing out. All You Can Eat has more musical diversity which makes the songs memorable and interesting. The songs also showcase Lang's incredible voice by giving her a wider vocal range to sing. Every song is excellent. I don't quite understand the lukewarm reception this received--it is totally undeserved. If you are looking for a first kd lang CD, try this one. It's clever in composition and positively hypnotic."