And from there the show was a romp — some campy swing, a buoyant take on the contemporary chanteuse, more of the dark, lounge lizard balladry from “Drag” and some big-big-BIG country ditties, the boldness of which contrasted mightily to the romantic mettle of her newer works.
As good as her records are, none can compete with the variety she offers in concert — the newest selections placing an eerie emphasis on addiction and obsession.
Her bandmates, all of whom appear on “Drag” and earlier albums, are aces throughout. Guitarists Greg Leisz and David Pilch meld evocative elements of jazz and country; pianist Teddy Borowiecki is always on target in his accompaniment, especially on “My Old Addiction”; and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. brings out a vast array of textures from his kit. Singer Kysia Bostic is a talent worthy of a front-and-center role.
Dressed in the double-breasted pinstripe suit she appears in on the cover of “Drag,” lang is perfectly attired for evening’s changing moods. She gives numbers just enough theatricality to make each stand on its own, whether it’s the repetition of the “peaches” line in Steve Miller’s “The Joker” or a little limber hoofing on “Smoke Dreams”; filling the air with smoke rings and soap bubbles were effective touches that generated smiles all around.