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k.d. lang

Ingenue Redux: Live from The Majestic Theatre Blu-Ray

Review by Gary Hill

The performance captured in this DVD was a celebration of k.d. lang's Ingenue album. The show included the album in its entirety along with some other selections from her catalog. This is a very well made (almost to the point of being "slick") film. The theater is beautiful and a lot of that majesty (yes, it was well-named) is captured in the cinematography here.

There are a lot of things to like about this concert and this product. It's without question a very professional film. Lang's music diverse, ranging from country to world music, jazz and more. The musicians playing on this are exceptional. Additionally, there is a cool bonus feature that is an intriguing interview. Lang comes across as genuine and humble in that interview.

I do have to mention something that didn't seem quite right to me. The audio just doesn't seem "live" a lot of the time. It's not at all uncommon for artists to go in and do over-dubs on live performances. I remember that Yes used to get a lot of hassles over that. I have a hunch there was some of that done, or at least that the audio was tweaked enough to make it seem a little isolated from the video.

I'm betting a lot of people won't notice that. Perhaps it's more about my own perceptions than anything else. Either way, this is a quality product and a record of a strong (and special) performance.

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