by k.d. lang


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Returning, however tentatively, to the torch stylings that made Ingénue her most successful album, k.d. lang crafted an odd commercial comeback with Drag. A collection of covers that are somehow related to smoking, Drag is far more ambitious than the average cover record. She recasts Steve Miller's "The Joker" and the Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe" as slow, bluesy cabaret numbers, while traditional '50s pop like "Don't Smoke in Bed" and "Smoke Rings" act as seductive counterpoints. lang's rich voice and the measured arrangements make Drag a ringer for Ingénue in places, but the tone is considerably lighter and more humorous, which certainly makes it an enjoyable listen. Nevertheless, the very presence of a tongue-in-cheek, all-covers tribute to smoking is a little disheartening in the wake of the wonderful, if severely underappreciated, All You Can Eat, which found lang pushing herself forward. Drag, in comparison, can't help but sound like a retreat.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/1997
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624662327
catalogNumber: 46623

Album Credits

Performance Credits

k.d. lang   Primary Artist
Ray Kelley   Cello
Jon Hassell   Trumpet
Joe Lovano   Saxophone
David Torn   Guitar,Kotar
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Kimberly Brewer   Background Vocals
Lisa Coleman   Keyboards
Larry Corbett   Cello
Henry Ferber   Violin
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Connie Grauer   Piano
Portia Griffin   Background Vocals
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Jerry Kessler   Cello
Marva King   Background Vocals
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Joy Lyle   Violin
Wendy Melvoin   Guitar
David Piltch   Bass
Barbara Porter   Cello
Jay Rosen   Violin
Kim Zick   Drums
Kevin Breit   Banjo,Guitar
Gayle Levant   Harp
Teddy Borowieckl   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Suzi Datayama   Cello
Benji Gavabedian   Violin
Antony Cooke   Cello
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Pat Johnson   Violin
Karen Jones   Violin

Technical Credits

David Torn   Contributor
Jimmie Haskell   Contributor,Orchestration
Walter Kent   Composer
Danny Kopelson   Engineer
k.d. lang   Producer,Art Direction
Craig Street   Producer
Linda C. Cobb   Art Direction
Michael Hazlewood   Composer

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Drag 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album that will make a wonderful addition to any music collection. On "Drag" k.d. Lang sings covers of some influential song standards. Including Peggy Lee's "Don't Smoke in Bed", The Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe", Steve Miller's "The Joker" and the theme for "Valley of the Dolls." She sings with her trademark dynamic voice and the instrumentation on this album really brings out the magic of these songs and reminds us how classic they are. Other notable songs include "Smoke Dreams", "Your Smoke Screen", "My Last Cigarette" and "Smoke Rings". Overall this is a great album that has a very atmospheric retro/jazz feel that you're sure to enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the only album I've known that I could listen to over and over and over again (and I have) and not get tired of it. Quite simply my favorite album bar none.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of songs which deal with various types of addictions -- not only to cigarettes and drugs, but also to lovers past and present -- is very moving. An insightful and very addictive album!