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Classic Album Review: k.d. lang | Live by Request

The popster's live outing is impeccable, flawless, lush & devoid of her usual energy.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


This A&E concert series seems destined to be the Unplugged of the new millennium. Great — another trendy, gimmick-based music show that neuters rock into safe family entertainment for couch potatoes.

It doesn’t come much safer than this instalment from Alberta-born popster k.d. lang. This 14-song set is loaded with absolute torch ’n’ twang hits from throughout lang’s career — everything from 1987’s Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray to last year’s Summerfling, along with Crying, Black Coffee, Constant Craving and more. And every note is impeccably played, flawlessly sung, lushly produced, and totally devoid of the raw energy and life-force k.d. used to exude in her shows. Until Live by Request gets real — hey k.d., let’s hear you tackle Whole Lotta Love — I can only request they keep it to themselves.

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