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Hymns of the 49th Parallel
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Album: Hymns of the 49th Parallel
# Song Title   Time
1)    After the Gold Rush
2)    Simple
3)    Helpless
4)    Case of You, A
5)    Valley, The
6)    Hallelujah
7)    Day I Walk, The
8)    Fallen
9)    Jericho
10)    Bird on a Wire
11)    Love Is Everything
 

Album: Hymns of the 49th Parallel
# Song Title   Time
1)    After the Gold Rush
2)    Simple
3)    Helpless
4)    Case of You, A
5)    Valley, The
6)    Hallelujah
7)    Day I Walk, The
8)    Fallen
9)    Jericho
10)    Bird on a Wire
11)    Love Is Everything
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: k.d. lang (vocals); k.d. lang; David Piltch (acoustic bass, acoustic bass guitar, electric bass, bass guitar); Ben Mink (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, fiddle); Ralph Morrison III, Sara Parkins, David Stenske, Tiffiany Yi Hu (violin); Brian Dembow, Cynthia Fogg (viola); Larry Corbett, Stephen Erdody , Armen Ksadjikian, Cecilia Tsan (cello); Teddy Borowiecki (accordion, piano, keyboards); Clayton Cameron (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: David Leonard .
  • Recording information: Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Photographers: John Heiden; Jeri Heiden.
  • After tackling almost every conceivable musical style from country to disco to standards, K.D. Lang goes back to her roots with HYMNS OF THE 49TH PARALLEL, covering songs by the greatest songwriters of her Canadian homeland. It should surprise no one to find Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen among the composers whose work is honored here. Lang tackles two songs each by these titanic artists, lending her agile, velvety voice and deceptively easy grace to each, accompanied by a small, acoustic-based combo dominated by piano.
  • Ron Sexsmith, Bruce Cockburn, and Jane Siberry might not be household names on the order of the aforementioned trio, but they're entirely worthy of the passion with which Lang approaches their tunes here, a particular point of transcendence being achieved on Cockburn's gentle, folkish "One Day I Walk." "But wait," you cry, "what about Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Tyson, and the McGarrigle Sisters?" Don't worry; with a talent like Lang's, it's entirely reasonable to assume she'll be on the scene long enough to get around to 49TH PARALLEL PT. II.
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 - "She is most compelling with understatement, as on the low-key jazz-inflected version of 'Jericho,'....Here Lang brings her own passion to the song, while retaining its tender essence."
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