For My Sunday Song #87, I have chosen “Constant Craving” by the amazing k.d. lang. The song is off her album ‘Ingenue’ in 1992. The song did well on the charts, obviously, but it was the song that gave k.d. a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Performance in 1993. The song was also up for Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
The song had a more commercial feel then her previous releases. She had been going for a more country style, but her androgynous appearance hindered her acceptance into Nashville and country music. She had hits on the country charts such as “Cryin’ (w/ Roy Orbison) and other songs, but they were never truly embraced her. Thankfully for us, she turned more pop and gave us this beauty of an album and song.
“Constant Craving” is such a beautiful song set at a mid-tempo with loads of different acoustic guitars, an accordion and of course k.d.’s amazing and gorgeous voice. For the background vocals, they used numerous layers of her vocals as well as the Reclines singer, Sue Leonard to assist on the high vocal parts. For me, it was the song that really turned me on to lang. It had such a haunting feel to it and with the utter desperation and wanting of the lyrics and I was hooked.