Music: It's A Cool, Cool Summer

Cowgirl? Pop chanteuse? Smoky siren? Will the real ever stand up? At last, she does

With her clear, dazzlingly romantic voice, there's never been much doubt that k.d. lang is capable of greatness. The only question has been whether she could find the sort of material that would match her maverick sensibilities with those of the eclectic mix of country expatriates, torch-song aficionados and pop devotees that make up her following.

In seven albums over the course of a decade, lang has deployed her vocal versatility to impressive if not always winning effect--nimbly hopscotching between genres but also making it difficult to know just what you would get when you unwrapped one of her CDs....

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