Watershed (k.d. lang album)

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Watershed
Studio album by k.d. lang
Released February 5, 2008 (2008-02-05)
Genre Folk, jazz, pop, rock
Length 38:51
Label Nonesuch
Producer k.d. lang, David Piltch
k.d. lang chronology
Reintarnation
(2006)
Watershed
(2008)
Sing It Loud
(2011)
Alternative cover
Limited edition
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (76/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Billboard (positive)[3]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[4]
Hot Press (positive)[5]
Now 4/5 stars[6]
The Observer 3/5 stars[7]
Paste (6/10)[1][8]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Uncut 4/5 stars[1]

Watershed is the fifth solo studio album by k.d. lang and was released on February 5, 2008 (2008-02-05). It is her first collection of original material since 2000's Invincible Summer.[11] In the US, it debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200, with approximately 41,000 copies sold.[12] In Australia it debuted at #3 on the ARIA Albums Chart[13] and in its ninth week moved to the #1 spot, up from the #38 position one week earlier.[14] In the UK, it debuted and peaked at #35.[15]

A limited edition of the album was released in deluxe packaging which contained a bonus disc with four live tracks and an interview. "I Dream of Spring" was the album's first single, released on November 18, 2007 (2007-11-18).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Dream of Spring"   k.d. lang, David Piltch 4:00
2. "Je fais la planche"   lang, Ben Mink 2:51
3. "Coming Home"   lang, Piltch 3:26
4. "Once in a While"   lang 3:27
5. "Thread"   lang, Piltch 3:38
6. "Close Your Eyes"   Teddy Borowiecki, lang, Greg Leisz, Piltch 4:26
7. "Sunday"   Borowieski, lang 4:17
8. "Flame of the Uninspired"   lang, Mink 3:30
9. "Upstream"   lang, Piltch 3:37
10. "Shadow and the Frame"   Borowiecki, lang, Meredith 3:07
11. "Jealous Dog"   lang, Piltch 2:32
Bonus live tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Dream of Spring"   lang, Piltch 3:45
2. "Wash Me Clean"   lang 4:11
3. "The Valley"   Jane Siberry 6:20
4. "Hallelujah"   Leonard Cohen 5:22

Personnel[edit]

  • K.D. Lang – banjo, guitar, percussion, piano, harp, keyboards, vocals, drum programming, production
  • Teddy Borowiecki – organ, guitar, piano, keyboards, programming, vibraphone, string conductor, photography
  • Grecco Buratto – guitar
  • Danny Frankel – percussion, drums
  • Jon Hassell – trumpet
  • Greg Leisz – guitar, guitar (electric), guitar (steel)
  • Ben Mink – guitar (acoustic), guitar
  • Noam Pikelny – banjo
  • David Piltch – bass, guitar, percussion, bass (electric), drums, bass (acoustic), production
  • Bryan Sutton – guitar
  • Lynne Earls – engineering, programming, editing
  • David Leonard – mixing, string engineering, string mixing
  • Steve Jensen, Martin Kirkup – management
  • Glen Nakasako, Jeri Heiden – photography
  • John Heiden, Nick Steinhardt – design

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Billboard review at the Wayback Machine (archived February 3, 2008)
  4. ^ The Boston Globe review
  5. ^ Hot Press review
  6. ^ Now review
  7. ^ The Observer review
  8. ^ Paste review
  9. ^ PopMatters review
  10. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived July 25, 2008)
  11. ^ Hasty, Katie (2007-10-10). "K.D. Lang Eyeing February for Next Album". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  12. ^ Hasty, Katie (2008-02-13). "Digital Sales Propel Johnson to Second No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  13. ^ a b "australian-charts.com k.d. lang - Watershed" (ASP). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  15. ^ a b "k.d. lang > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Watershed > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ "charts.org.nz k.d. lang - Watershed" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ "norwegiancharts.com k.d. lang - Watershed" (ASP). Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 2008". aria.com.au. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2008 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – k.d. lang – Watershed". Music Canada. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Pretty. Odd. by Panic! at the Disco
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
April 14, 2008 - April 21, 2008
Succeeded by
Apocalypso by The Presets