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Hymns of the 49th Parallel
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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.
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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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.
As I carefully listened to the CD for the first time, I discovered a soft mature collection of timeless songs that are unquestionably Canadian in spirit.
The tracks have been carefully selected by the artist for their lyrical content and are vocally interpreted once again with magnificent accuracy.
Fans of kd appreciate her vocal ability - however on this release she opted to deliver a vocal tribute to the Canadian composers that have influenced her as an aspiring musical artist growing up in Canada.
This CD does once again provide the listener with another intimate glimpse into her sheer vocal talent. She is surrounded by a collection of Canadian "pop/folk" songs mirroring the peaceful poetry found within Canada.
This CD does truly achieve its goal. It reflects the gentle poetic spirit that inspires the population within Canada to thrive and silently exist in harmony with nature.
The track list found on this CD is not meant to target commercial top 40 radio or to play into the current commercial standards set by an insipid commercial pop market. It is meant to reflect and introduce the listener to a portion of Canada's mostly unknown musical heritage.
This is yet another rare glimpse into the nature of the artist.
The songs found upon this CD present a tapestry from Canada's musical legacy that still remain, to this date, a huge part of kd as an artist.
The cd will undoubtedly please her fans based within Canada - those already familiar with the melodies - but may be more of a musical challenge for her global fans to enjoy.
For me, it is one of my favourites. I'd recommend it.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2014 by Bill Merkley
Easy listening and beautifully recorded. Lang is a real Canadian treasure. I carry this music with me everywhere, my new favorite.Published on Jan. 15 2014 by Lisa Carter
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.Published on June 6 2013 by snowyowl
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... Read morePublished on June 4 2013 by panamaham
She has an incredible voice and there are some very good tunes on the disk.
Nice to listen to!
I bought the CD for only one song and you can guess what it is but the writer was Leonard Cohen.Published on Jan. 26 2013 by Keith Nash
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 morePublished on April 22 2010 by R. E. Nobles
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