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Watershed by k.d. lang
Released: Jan 2008
Label: Nonesuch
Boy, k.d. lang sure knows how to show adult alternative who's boss, doesn't she? On her 10th studio album, the indomitable ms. lang revisits each of the styles she's conquered: jazz (the easy, breezy "Sunday"), vaguely vintage pop ("Je Fais la Planche," which is so freaking crammed with whimsy you'll want to pinch its cheeks) and country (sort of; nothing's as twangy, or torchy, as her early material, but the front-porch folk-blues of "Jealous Dog" seems like an homage). As always, her interpretations are graceful and exquisitely subtle. This is what adult alternative should be.
Rachel Devitt