Picks and Pans Review: Drag
If someone told you that "The Joker," Steve Miller's '70s romp, could be turned into a slyly humorous, sexy torch song, you might well scoff. But on the deceptively smart Drag, k.d. lang extracts unexpected beauty from it and other unlikely tunes. Drag is a dreamy collection of covers that range from camp ("Theme from the Valley of the Dolls") to obscure ("My Last Cigarette"). Besides offering further evidence that lang is one of our best interpretive singers, Drag also showcases the talents of producer Craig Street. He wraps lang's already evocative voice in an atmospheric, understated haze. Together they create mysterious, mesmerizing pop as seductive as the addictions lang explores. (Warner Bros.)
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