Six years in the making, Watershed is a sonic retreat from a planet plagued by problems better addressed by folk singers. When lang wishes the world away, she does so in the most "selfish" of ways: through seductive songs that speak directly to the listener, one heart to another, an intimate lifeline tossed across a chasm of loneliness.
In other velvet-morning tracks, like "Flame of the Uninspired," she finds herself "on the cusp of compromise / to living hell, I slipped and fell." Every piece of Watershed flows through romantic (and European) currents worn by everyone from Serge Gainsbourg to Avalon-era Roxy Music. The gorgeous minimalism of "Shadow and the Frame," with its eerie synthesizer notes, is a haunting meditation on life's elusive qualities that we struggle to attain yet rarely achieve.
Listening to Watershed, you will be devastatingly lulled into witnessing your environs burn away into ash--such is the unusual, elegant power of lang's voice, the poetic splendor of her writing. She has produced a sensual yet thoughtful effort that's inarguably among her finest moments.