case/lang/veirs

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case/lang/veirs is a Canadian-American supergroup consisting of k.d. lang, Neko Case, and Laura Veirs, formed in Portland, Oregon.[1][2][3] The group launched with a June 2016 eponymous album, followed by a summer 2016 tour of almost 20 cities.[4]

Background[edit]

The trio was formed three years before the album release,[5] when Lang, in a one-line e-mail, invited Case and Veirs to join her, and they responded affirmatively within 30 minutes.[1][4][6] The three had decades of experience making music[7] and recorded over 30 studio albums.[6] Lang, who previously collaborated with Dwight Yoakam, Madeleine Peyroux and Ann Wilson,[8] has said that she was considering retirement before forming the band,[9] and she always wanted to "be part of a band, a real collaborative effort".[10] The band's sound is described as alt-country.[2][11] Two of the band members, lang and Veirs, live in Portland; Case joined them from her home in Vermont.[1]

Album[edit]

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Studio album by
case/lang/veirs
ReleasedJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)
RecordedNovember 2015[3]
GenreFolk rock[12]
Length43:13

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic83/100[13]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[12]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[14]
Exclaim!9/10[15]
The Guardian4/5 stars[16]
The Independent4/5 stars[17]
Mojo4/5 stars[18]
The Observer4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork8.2/10[19]
Q4/5 stars[20]
Spin8/10[21]

The group's self-titled debut album received "ecstatic reviews".[8] Pitchfork reviewer Laura Snapes noted its strong musicianship and use of natural imagery.[19] Snapes acknowledged comparisons to the 1987 album Trio from Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris, but said that unlike Trio it was unlikely to be followed up with a second album,[19] and lang herself called it a "one-off record".[10] Writing for Exclaim!, Sarah Greene lauded the album, calling it "profound, passionate and substantial."[15] The Independent's Andy Gill called it "an album of rare beauty and intelligence" also noting "elemental reflections" in some of the lyrics.[17] Production by Tucker Martine, Veirs's spouse, was lauded by Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune as "[giving] each song exactly what it needs", also noting the singers attained an "organic feel to the union that would raise it above the usually mediocre (or worse) level of most such hey-let's-get-together-and-jam all-star collaborations".[14]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Atomic Number" (2:58)
  2. "Honey and Smoke" (3:04)
  3. "Song for Judee" (3:12)
  4. "Blue Fires" (2:58)
  5. "Delirium" (2:46)
  6. "Greens of June" (4:13)
  7. "Behind the Armory" (2:20)
  8. "Best Kept Secret" (3:17)
  9. "1000 Miles Away" (2:57)
  10. "Supermoon" (3:48)
  11. "I Want to Be Here" (2:47)
  12. "Down I-5" (3:02)
  13. "Why Do We Fight" (2:36)
  14. "Georgia Stars" (3:17)

Track listing adapted from AllMusic.[12]

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

  • Rob Burger – keys, piano, claviola
  • Neko Case – vocals
  • Glenn Kotche – drums, percussion
  • k.d. lang – vocals, acoustic guitar (13)
  • Sebastian Steinberg – electric/upright bass, autoharp
  • Laura Veirs – vocals, guitars
  • Tim Young – lead/rhythm guitar

Guest musicians

  • Ralph Carney – horns (8)
  • Michael Finn – additional keys (1), additional guitar (4, 13)
  • Jon Hyde – pedal steel (13)
  • Tucker Martine – percussion, drums (13)
  • Anna Fritz (cello), Kyleen King (viola), Patti King (violin) – strings (3, 4, 5, 8)
  • Strings on 1, 6, 10 arranged by Stephen Barber and performed by Tosca String Quartet (Leigh Mahoney, Tracy Seeger, Ames Asbell, Sara Nelson)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[22] 12
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[23] 110
Irish Albums (IRMA)[24] 83
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 66
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 28
US Billboard 200[27] 33

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bauder, David (June 23, 2016), The Super Group: How case/lang/veirs came to be, Associated Press – via The Advocate
  2. ^ a b c Empire, Kitty (June 19, 2016), "Case/lang/veirs: Case/lang/veirs review – a record of depth and scope", The Observer
  3. ^ a b Kato, Yoshi (June 20, 2016), "Case/lang/Veirs find harmony in supergroup trio", San Francisco Chronicle
  4. ^ a b Kreps, Daniel (February 29, 2016), "Neko Case, K.D. Lang, Laura Veirs Team for New LP, Tour", Rolling Stone
  5. ^ Baer, April; Scott, Aaron & Williams, Jonathan (June 25, 2016), Summer Music: Case/Lang/Veirs, Oregon Public Broadcasting
  6. ^ a b Roberts, Randall (March 5, 2016), "Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs unite for 'Atomic Number' – the result of an offhand email", Los Angeles Times
  7. ^ Thompson, Stephen (June 9, 2016), Review: case/lang/veirs, 'case/lang/veirs', NPR
  8. ^ a b Devlin, Mike (June 25, 2016), "case/lang/viers are onto a winner", Times Colonist, Victoria, British Columbia
  9. ^ Marchand, Francois (June 28, 2016), "Toying with retirement, k.d. lang finds joy in new trio project", Vancouver Sun
  10. ^ a b Herman, James Patrick (June 2, 2016), "Exclusive: k.d. Lang on Girl Bands, Carol, and Gay Marriage", Out
  11. ^ Meighan, Nicola (June 13, 2016), "Engaging, cosmic, alt-country album from the harmonic trio who each make their remarkable presence felt", The List
  12. ^ a b c Deming, Mark, case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs / Neko Case / k.d. lang / Laura Veirs, AllMusic
  13. ^ case/lang/veirs by Neko Case, Metacritic
  14. ^ a b Kot, Greg (June 10, 2016), "Case, Veirs, lang create a different kind of power trio", Chicago Tribune
  15. ^ a b Greene, Sarah (June 15, 2016), "case/lang/veirs: case/lang/veirs", Exclaim!, retrieved August 10, 2016
  16. ^ Simpson, Dave (June 16, 2016), "Case/Lang/Veirs album review – classy, classic pop from sisterly supergroup", The Guardian
  17. ^ a b Gill, Andy (June 15, 2016), "case/lang/veirs, Album review: 'An album of rare beauty and intelligence'", The Independent, London, England
  18. ^ "case/lang/veirs: case/lang/veirs". Mojo (272): 90. July 2016.
  19. ^ a b c Snapes, Laura (June 18, 2016), "case/lang/veirs: case/lang/veirs", Pitchfork
  20. ^ "case/lang/veirs: case/lang/veirs". Q (30th anniversary special ed.) (361): 108. 2016.
  21. ^ "SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: The Goon Sax and Let's Eat Grandma Are Teenagers of the Year", Spin, July 15, 2016
  22. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Case / Lang / Veirs – Case / Lang / Veirs". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  23. ^ "Ultratop.be – Case / Lang / Veirs – Case / Lang / Veirs" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  24. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 25, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Case / Lang / Veirs – Case / Lang / Veirs". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  26. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  27. ^ "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Hamilton' Hits Half-Million in U.S. Album Sales". Billboard. United States. 2016-07-02. Retrieved 13 July 2016.

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