Invincible Summer CD, Import
K.D. LANG Invincible Summer (2000 European issue 11-track CD album including the singles Summerfling & The Consequences of Falling complete with picture sleeve)
When she dropped the twang in favour of torch with Ingenue back in 1992, KD Lang became a multi-million selling voice, but projects like the soundtrack to Even Cowgirls Get The Blues and the smoking concept album Drag have sidelined her talents. Invincible Summer will undoubtedly restore her to glory with its lush melodies, beautiful arrangements and astute production. As the title suggests, the album eschews her darker moments in favour of a breezy, carefree mood that suggests the bloom of love and bright optimism. Tracks like "Extraordinary Thing" and "Summerfling" soar and skip, bursting with rich melodic joy, lifted by breathless orchestration. There are moments of quiet reflection too, like the opening number "Consequences Of Falling In Love", the Bacharach and David tinged "Suddenly" and the luxuriant "Love's Great Ocean". Throughout, Damien Le Gassick--who engineered Madonna's Ray Of Light--maintains a tasteful but contemporary production sheen of bubbling electronic effects that should help Lang find a new audience. --Mike Pattenden
「Simple」は、冬景色のジャケット『Hymns of the 49th Paralle』（名作）で
If you've not discovered the magic spell this voice can cast, INVINCIBLE SUMMER is a good place to start.
I like the kicky SUMMER FLING...sounds like something from the '60's.
LOVE'S GREAT OCEAN is vintage lang...
WHEN WE COLLIDE is a throwback to lang's beginnings. and reminds me of SAVE ME from the INGENUE CD.
The voice is still clear and smoky at the same time...the woman's been gifted with a set of pipes that come along once in a lifetime.
This is a quality singer sharing her blessings through some great new songs...not likely to get a lot of air time on pop radio, but good work and well worth your time.
~ Extraordinary Thing
This is a light, fun cd. It's not supposes to be anything else. Enjoy!!!
As to the music, I will say that this isn't one of my favorite kd lang albums. I would have much rather had Ingenue or Drag on dvd audio.
As to the disc itself, I have been playing around with it for over an hour trying to figure out how to listen to the high resolution 2 channel stereo track and have been unable to figure out how to do it. Whenever I select group 2, where I suspect that audio track might be, the disc only plays the introductory promo "dvd audio" and then goes back to group 1 and plays the surround sound mix. I can select the 2-channel output from my dvd player and hence hear a 2-channel downmix, but I assumed from the disc's graphics that the disc itself actually contained a 2-channel mix. (The Corrs disc that I have allows one to listen to a 2-channel downmix of the surround mix or a 2-channel mix that matches the original cd.) As to the mix itself, it varies from track to track. Some tracks sound very good but on some (like the opening track) kd's vocals are overly bright.
As previous reviewers have noted, this disc doesn't make much use of the surround channels. I don't really have a problem with this, but if you are looking for something that will "wow" you with sounds coming from all channels, this isn't the disc to get.
Another peeve with this disc's mastering is the decision to put lyrics on multiple screens which requires one to hit the "enter" button several times as a song plays. This should either be automated or the lyrics formatted to include all of them on one screen.
So far I am disappointed with dvd audio discs in that their menus aren't as logical and simple to use as most dvd video discs. At least the Corrs disc does have a menu that clearly allows one to select the surround or stereo mix.
If anyone reads this and can tell me how to access the disc's 2-channel audio, I would appreciate you posting that.