This week’s SSO covergirl k.d. lang returns to recording with a band of her own for the first time since her work with the Reclines more than 20 years ago, and the result is an inspired, creatively energised singer. Mixing originals with a handful of carefully chosen covers, lang is in fine voice throughout, sounding like a female Roy Orbison on the soaring opener I Confess and finding the fire in her belly in the truly beautiful Perfect Word. She’s never made a bad album, but this is undoubtedly one of her very best.

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