Invincible Summer
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 20, 2000 (2000-06-20)
Length42:08
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer
K.d. lang chronology
Drag
(1997)
Invincible Summer
(2000)
Live by Request
(2001)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic61/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[2]
The A.V. Club(unfavorable)[3]
Billboard(favorable)[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[5]
Los Angeles Times[6]
Mojo[1]
Q[1]
Robert Christgau(neither)[7]
Rolling Stone[8]
Wall of Sound(41/100)[9]

Invincible Summer is the fifth solo album by k.d. lang, released by Warner Bros. Records in 2000. The album's title derives from a quote by Albert Camus: "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

Critical Reception

In an Allmusic review, Stacia Proefrock wrote "Glowing with happiness and lovey bliss, this lush album is dripping with the kind of bright, slick production that hasn't seen much light since the Brill Building's heyday. Swelling strings, electronic bubbles and warbles, and the occasional mandolin combine to create a sound that manages to evoke a warm feeling of nostalgia without sounding retro. Topping it all off is lang's smooth-as-maple-syrup voice, which shows even greater range than before."[10]

In a three-and-a-half star Rolling Stone review, James Hunter wrote "On 'Invincible Summer,' k.d. lang reorchestrates the relaxed loveliness of Sixties Southern California pop and, to a lesser extent, Brazilian music...The music is often quick-paced fluff with the retro exactness, and the soul, of a Pottery Barn sofa. But for the most part, lang's lighter musical tack encourages her to retire the galloping self-regard that can cancel the attractiveness of her voice."[11]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Consequences of Falling"Marie-Claire D'Ubaldo, Rick Nowels, Billy Steinberg3:52
2."Summerfling"k.d. lang, David Piltch4:15
3."Suddenly"Lang, Piltch3:32
4."It's Happening With You"Lang, Piltch2:48
5."Extraordinary Thing"Abe Laboriel, Jr., Abraham Laboriel, Lang3:35
6."Love's Great Ocean"Lang, Ben Mink5:40
7."Simple"Lang, Piltch2:44
8."What Better Said"Lang, Abe Laboriel, Jr.3:47
9."When We Collide"Lang, Abe Laboriel, Jr.4:22
10."Curiosity"Lang3:41
11."Only Love"Lang3:52

Personnel

Production

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 12
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[13] 45
UK Albums Chart[14] 17
United States Billboard 200[15][A] 58

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[16] Gold 35,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References

  1. ^ a b c "Critic Reviews for Invincible Summer". metacritic.com. Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-04-19.
  2. ^ Proefrock, Stacia. Invincible Summer at AllMusic
  3. ^ Thompson, Stephen (2000-06-20). "k.d. lang: Invincible Summer". avclub.com. The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-04-19.
  4. ^ "k.d. lang: Invincible Summer". billboard.com. Billboard. June 24, 2000. Archived from the original on 2001-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-19.
  5. ^ Tucker, Ken (2000-07-23). "Invincible Summer Review". ew.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  6. ^ Hilburn, Robert (2000-06-11). "ALBUM REVIEW An Adventurous Balance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: k.d. lang". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2013-04-19.
  8. ^ Hunter, James (2000-07-06). "k.d. lang: Invincible Summer : Music Reviews". rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2013-04-19.
  9. ^ Penn, Roberta. "Invincible Summer". wallofsound.go.com. Wall of Sound. Archived from the original on 2000-08-15. Retrieved 2013-04-19.
  10. ^ Invincible Summer - k.d. lang | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2022-03-28
  11. ^ "k.d. lang: Invincible Summer : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. 2008-07-26. Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 2022-03-28.
  12. ^ "Australiancharts.com – k.d lang – Invincible Summer". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 27, 2021.
  13. ^ "Charts.nz – k.d lang – Invincible Summer". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 27, 2021.
  14. ^ "The Official Charts Company - kd lang - Invincible Summer". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-02.
  15. ^ Allmusic - Invincible Summer > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association.