Sugarbutch Says: k.d. lang maintains her female masculinity


Already her masculinity has more polish to it. Her albums continue their successes and she eventually released Drag in 1997, an album of other’s songs all with smoking content. But how smart is that cover-up, such that she could appear so unapologetic in a men’s suit on the front of the album?

When she released Invincible Summer in 2000, her hair was probably the longest I’ve seen it, but she doesn’t loose the swagger. After that, k.d. came back on my radar in 2005 with Hymns from the 49th Parallel, which was covers of songs from Canadian singer-songwriters, and featured beautiful tracks like “The Valley.”

Then 2007 rolled around, and Watershed happened.

And her image blew me away. By then I was deeply into butch analysis, and looking for butch icons, and her increasing short hair and button-downs were very familiar, something I saw and that deeply resonated. I saw her live in 2007, and I think my mouth hung open through the entire thing. She wore a white suit and kept her feet bare, and every note out of her mouth was perfect.

With her age is coming even more acceptance and reveling in this masculine expression, as she just continues to explore the looks she’s been playing with for decades. You probably remember her 2010 version of her cover of “Hallelujah” from her 2005 album Hymns from the 49th Parallel, it made a huge splash at the Olympic games in Vancouver, BC.

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Her new album is due out April 12 and is her first with a full band since the Reclines in the late ‘80s. If this first video is any indication, the rest of the album will be phenomenal, and I can’t wait to see her live again this summer.

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