07/10/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT
K.D. Lang (Warner Bros.)
Graced with one of the richest, most expressive voices in pop music, K.D. Lang brings a special flair to love songs. And so when she takes on a gossamer tune like "Summerfling," the first single on her new album, she gives the melody all the warmth and languor of a sweet summer breeze. Ooh-la-la.
It's the perfect sound for an album about falling in love. Writing and recording in her new hometown of Los Angeles, Lang takes the local influences—Bacharach, the Beach Boys, techno—and melds them into her own kind of majestic pop. And while producer Damian le Gassick adds some sleek textures to the songs, he's smart enough to keep lang's voice prominent in the mix.
So if lang acknowledges the risks of romance in "Curiosity" ("...basking in the sun/ seems dangerous and fun"), the joy in her voice is infectious. And inspiring.
Bottom Line: An album to fall in love with—and to