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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)|
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
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 20 months ago 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 21 months ago 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