Case, Veirs, lang emanate a opposite kind of energy trio
June 10, 2016 - Supermoon
It started with an email from k.d. lang to a integrate of singers she knew and admired, Neko Case and Laura Veirs. A few years later, a contingent — billing itself as case/lang/veirs — has a initial album: “case/lang/veirs” (Anti). The voices and songs, as one competence expect, are initial rate. The bigger doubt was either there would there be a clarity of chemistry, an organic feel to a kinship that would lift it above a customarily common (or worse) turn of many such hey-let’s-get-together-and-jam all-star collaborations.
As suggested by a opening “Atomic Number,” chemistry was on a minds of a singers, as well. The 3 particular voices find a agreeable center belligerent mostly adequate to forestall a manuscript from sounding like a collection of solo tracks.
Producer Tucker Martine plays a vicious purpose in a approach he gives any strain accurately what it needs, with undulating acoustic guitars, electronic textures, strings, coronet and bells. There’s a woozy psychedelia of “Supermoon” and a noir musical of “Blue Fires.” And there’s a passion for detail: The strings on “Greens of June” advise a summer zephyr rustling kitchen curtains.
Despite a stylistic diversity, a voices yield a unifying thread. On a flame ballad “Honey and Smoke,” lang’s lush voice sweeps to a forefront, though a responding harmonies elicit girl-group-era camaraderie. On “Delirium,” Case delivers a now noted chorus, though her accomplices yield critical color. Veirs steers “Georgia Stars,” though it’s a speechless subsidy vocals that underline a symphonic hook.
On “Atomic Number,” a singers barter verses, as if to consolidate a 3 opening lines: “I’m not a spotted maid/ I’m not a fair-haired girl/ I’m not a pail of divert for we to spoil.” That daring self-determination earnings on “I Want to be Here,” with a 3 pity a tune line, family style.
Above all, Case, Veirs and lang sound like they’re carrying a round singing together. Check out a approach a speechless subsidy vocals decrease by a Laurel Canyon cocktail of “Best Kept Secret” or move “1,000 Miles Away” to a sad fade.
No matter how most a 3 singers have achieved individually, extraction usually takes we so distant in organisation projects — a peep of attention, during best. The work is what counts, and it’s a songs and their organic display that make “case/lang/veirs” resonate.
Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs
3 stars (out of four)
Greg Kot is a Tribune Newspapers critic.
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