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Hymns of the 49th Parallel

k.d. lang Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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1. After the Gold Rush (Young)
2. Simple (lang/Piltch)
3. Helpless (Young)
4. A Case of You (Mitchell)
5. The Valley (Siberry)
6. Hallelujah (Cohen)
7. One Day I Walk (Cockburn)
8. Fallen (Sexsmith)
9. Jericho (Mitchell)
10. Bird on a Wire (Cohen)
11. Love Is Everything (Siberry)

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Was it homesickness that compelled long time Los Angeles resident k. d. lang to fashion her one woman campaign for north of the border nationalism, or just plain good sense? As an organizing tool, all Canadian content has long been a mainstay of the Canadian Broadcasting System but few have selected their material with such a fine hand and a high aesthetic. The expatriate singer has taken great pains to create a sophisticated homage to her Canadian roots, elegantly reinterpreting 11 songs penned by some of her more illustrious countrymen (and women) such as Jane Siberry, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen. The idiosyncratic chanteuse turns Cohen's "Bird on a Wire" into an aching monochromatic lament, exploring new tributaries of pain that didn't exist in the original, while recasting Neil Young's "Helpless" into haunting anthem of memory and comfort, all the while sounding anything but helpless. A gorgeous love letter to her brethren, complete with an intelligent and understated orchestration. --Jaan Uhelszki

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Over the last twenty years, k.d. lang has lent her superb voice to an astonishing range of material, from Nashville standards to Tin Pan Alley torch songs, from cow punk tunes to sultry, adult pop- most recently her Grammy-winning gold album with Tony Bennett, "Wonderful world." With Hymns of the 49th Parallel, the Alberta native brings it all back home, metaphorically speaking, exploring the work of her favorite Canadian-born songwriters: Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Ron Sexsmith & Jane Siberry. On this lovingly assembled disc she juxtaposes classics from iconic artists who were her inspirations with equally brilliant material from contemporary performers who remain her fellow travelers.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hallelujah July 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
kd lang is not the kind of artist who dreams of packing Giants Stadium, or being the center of attention as she walks the red carpet into the Grammy's (although she has won three). kd lang is the kind of artist who creates ART. This album is a true testimony to that fact. Ever single one of the songs on this album are covers, but lang makes them all her own while celebrating her Canadian sisters and brothers in song.
This entire album is inspiring, but a few tracks stick out in particular. lang's rendition of Simple could make even the most cold-hearted skeptic dream of true love. Helpless showcases lang's talent for torch and twang. Hallelujah, my personal favorite, send chills down my spine each time I listen. This version of Leonard Cohen's haunting tune is performed with gut-wrenching emotion and sincerity.
The orchestration on this album is on par with or better than Ingenue. With this album, kd has shown us once again what her love in life is...to sing for us.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Nov. 7 2004
By dani
Format:Audio CD
What an exquisite voice kd lang has and what an album to showcase it! Her voice and phrasing are so seamless, so absolutely perfect, the effect is spellbinding (so much so that my spine literally tingles to listen to it!). In our age of 'processed, fast food' music, here is a truly genuine and compelling album with songs sung by one of our very finest and most talented artists.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Aug. 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Although the songs are not new on this album, the concept is - trying to plumb the soul of the Canadian songwriter. And to offer renderings of those exquisite songs by Mitchell, Cohen, Young and some carefully selected others. Does it make sense? Yes, I think so, because I know of no attempt like it before. Yes, because the interpreter is an authority and a great Canadian singer in her own right. And yes, because these recordings sometimes reach the sublime, as is the case with Joni Mitchell's incomparable "A Case of You" - perhaps better than the original, more carefully phrased, more intense (the only other version that resonated with me was a live TV version by Diana Krall, but this is better). There are other notables - After the Gold Rush, Bird on a Wire, Hallelujah, Love is Everything. Overall, kd lang is striving for a tone, though, spare, controlled, conservatorial? A fantastic achievement, buy it.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This woman can SING! July 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
I don't even own this CD yet.. but I will very soon (I wish my birthday or Christmas were coming soon). This woman has the gift of one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard and we are blessed to be able to hear her. There is such heart and soul in kd's versions of these beautiful Canadian songs that even those that have been done many times before are new again. Her rendition of Jane Siberry's "Love is everything" brought tears (of joy) to my eyes. Thank you, kd!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying Feb. 3 2014
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Great Canadian song writers and wonderful interputation by one of the best voices anywhere. I bought this for 1 particular song but play it now for all of them. kd's music bridges all ages and tastes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Jan. 15 2014
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Easy listening and beautifully recorded. Lang is a real Canadian treasure. I carry this music with me everywhere, my new favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Hymns of the 49th Parallel June 6 2013
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Absolutely amazing. Wonderful. I am so glad to have bought this one. Sometimes it takes awhile for new music to 'fit'. Not with this CD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not K.D.'s best work June 4 2013
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Not her best effort, there are a lot of Canadian song writers that K.D could have chose from, that have a more upbeat style of writing, these songs are all to laid back, to listen to the whole CD at once.
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4.0 out of 5 stars k.d. Lang - her name speaks for itself
There weren't as many familiar tracks as I anticipated. But of course, there is Hallelujah, and that makes up for all the ones I don't know. k.d. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars Hymns of the 49th Parallel by K.D.Lang
She has an incredible voice and there are some very good tunes on the disk.
Nice to listen to!
Good sound
Published 18 months ago by Mirna Jebsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Canadian singer.
I bought the CD for only one song and you can guess what it is but the writer was Leonard Cohen.
Published 20 months ago by Keith Nash
4.0 out of 5 stars Close to what I wanted
All the world must have been enthralled with the performance of KDLang when she, in a spectacular setting, offered her solo of "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen at the Vancouver... Read more
Published on April 22 2010 by R. E. Nobles
4.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLE SILENT BEAUTY
You could be very inspired by the still brilliance of this CD and moved by its simplistic approach OR...you will be bored. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2010 by Frederic White
4.0 out of 5 stars Hallelujah
I will be honest I wanted Hallelujah off of this album. It is fantastic! However this album is also a great choice for anyone who loves Leonard Cohen's songs. K. D. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2006 by H. Luft
4.0 out of 5 stars Velvet Voice is awesome
kd lang is one of Canada's best female vocalists. The confidence and polish is evident in these familiar Canadian classics. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2004 by Kindle Customer
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