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
Released June 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)
Recorded November 2015[3]
Genre Folk Rock[12]
Length 43:13

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)

Critical reception[edit]

The group's self-titled debut album received "ecstatic reviews".[8] Pitchfork gave the band's debut album 8.2 out of 10 stars, noting its strong musicianship and use of natural imagery. Pitchfork 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,[13] and lang herself called it a "one-off record".[10] Writing for Exclaim!, Sarah Greene lauded the album, calling it "profound, passionate and substantial."[14] The Independent's four-star review called it "an album of rare beauty and intelligence" also noting "elemental reflections" in some of the lyrics.[15] Production by Tucker Martine, Veirs's spouse, was lauded by 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".[16]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Exclaim!9/10[14]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 12
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 110
Irish Albums (IRMA)[19] 83
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 66
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 28
US Billboard 200[22] 33

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c David Bauder (June 23, 2016), The Super Group: How case/lang/veirs came to be, Associated Press – via The Advocate 
  2. ^ a b Kitty Empire (June 19, 2016), "Case/lang/veirs: Case/lang/veirs review – a record of depth and scope", The Guardian 
  3. ^ a b Yoshi Kato (June 20, 2016), "Case/lang/Veirs find harmony in supergroup trio", San Francisco Chronicle 
  4. ^ a b Daniel Kreps (February 29, 2016), "Neko Case, K.D. Lang, Laura Veirs Team for New LP, Tour", Rolling Stone 
  5. ^ April Baer & Aaron Scott Jonathan Williams (June 25, 2016), Summer Music: Case/Lang/Veirs, Oregon Public Broadcasting 
  6. ^ a b Randall Roberts (March 5, 2016), "Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs unite for 'Atomic Number' – the result of an offhand email", The Los Angeles Times 
  7. ^ Stephen Thompson (June 9, 2016), Review: case/lang/veirs, 'case/lang/veirs', NPR 
  8. ^ a b Mike Devlin (June 25, 2016), "case/lang/viers are onto a winner", Times Colonist, Victoria, British Columbia 
  9. ^ Francois Marchand (June 28, 2016), "Toying with retirement, k.d. lang finds joy in new trio project", Vancouver Sun 
  10. ^ a b James Patrick Herman (June 2, 2016), "Exclusive: k.d. Lang on Girl Bands, Carol, and Gay Marriage", Out 
  11. ^ Nicola Meighan (June 13, 2016), "Engaging, cosmic, alt-country album from the harmonic trio who each make their remarkable presence felt", The List 
  12. ^ a b "case/lang/veirs, Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 
  13. ^ Laura Snapes (June 18, 2016), "case/lang/veirs", Pitchfork 
  14. ^ a b Greene, Sarah (June 15, 2016). "case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  15. ^ Andy Gill, "case/lang/veirs, Album review: 'An album of rare beauty and intelligence'", The Independent, London, England 
  16. ^ Greg Kot (June 10, 2016), "Case, Veirs, lang create a different kind of power trio", The Chicago Tribune 
  17. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Case / Lang / Veirs – Case / Lang / Veirs". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Case / Lang / Veirs – Case / Lang / Veirs" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  19. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 25, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Case / Lang / Veirs – Case / Lang / Veirs". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  21. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  22. ^ "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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