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Hymns of the 49th Parallel


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  • Audio CD (July 27 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B000267J10
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Wilkie on 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 By dani on Nov. 7 2004
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 By Musical Economist on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frederic White on Feb. 16 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
You could be very inspired by the still brilliance of this CD and moved by its simplistic approach OR...you will be bored.

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.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Catherine McKay on 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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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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By Lisa Carter on 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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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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