k d lang retreated from country music in 1992 with the iconic "Ingenue" but thereafter flirted with several styles and seemingly uncertain as to what direction she should take.
But, nearly twenty years on, she has returned to Nashville, Tennessee, where she recorded this stunning collection of ten songs with the Siss Boom Bang and the closest she's got to Country since the 1989 album, "Absolute Torch And Twang".
But Caveat Emptor! This is not country music in the sense of her original Sire recordings with the Reclines, but an album that borrows country styles and influences. There is pedal steel guitar, dobro, banjo, slide guitar, and mandolin to establish country credentials plus a mesmerising baritone guitar on three of the tracks. Stylistically, perhaps, closer to Emmylou Harris produced by Daniel Lanois than Patsy Cline produced by Owen Bradley.
But, ultimately, it doesn't really matter what tag the album carries. What is important is that gorgeous voice, surely one of the purest and most satisfying in popular music.
It may not be the return to the Nashville country sound that some of her fans no doubt craved but it sounds like a contemporary musical direction with which she sounds truly comfortable - another road to travel.