Hymns of the 49th Parallel

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For her Nonesuch debut, lang assembles a highly personal “Canadian Songbook” in this lushly orchestrated, gorgeously sung contemplation of work by Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Jane Siberry, and others. The Washington Post calls it “an album of triumphant Canadian soul music”; lang’s performance of Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has been called “downright transcendent” by the Boston Herald, “mesmerizing” by The Guardian.

Description

On Hymns of the 49th Parallel, k.d. lang's first for Nonesuch Records, the Canadian songstress fulfills her longstanding desire to create a Canadian songbook. On the album, she pays homage to fellow Canadian artists including Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Jane Siberry, Ron Sexsmith, and Bruce Cockburn.

“These songs are part of my cultural fabric, my Canadian soundtrack. They have nurtured my musical DNA,” lang says. “To recognize and honor the profound impact they have had on me, my approach to interpreting these songs is to sing them as honestly, as purely, and as true to how I heard them as possible, with respect and reverence for the songs and for the songwriters...as hymns...simply songs of praise.”

While countless artists have put forth versions of American standards, the lineage of Canadian songwriters has been all but overlooked. In the absence of an existing Canadian songbook, lang chose to anchor Hymns with a few canonical artists: Mitchell, Cohen, and Young. Siberry, Sexsmith, and Cockburn were included not only because they are among lang’s favorites, but because they show the country’s rich songwriting culture continuing into the present and future.

lang has long been celebrated for her imaginative interpretations. Her fresh takes on country classics—especially on the landmark Shadowland (1988) and the Grammy-winning Absolute Torch and Twang (1989)—were so original and unorthodox that they elicited controversy from country purists, in addition to wide acclaim. On Drag (1997), lang applied her singular style of torch singing to a high-concept album, using smoking as a metaphor to examine the nature of human desire. Most recently, she collaborated with Tony Bennett on a Grammy-winning exploration of American songs. lang is an equally accomplished songwriter, having won vast praise for her self-penned Ingenue (1992) and its follow-up, All You Can Eat (1995).

Hymns is lang’s first album for Nonesuch. Label president Robert Hurwitz has expressed deep enthusiasm about the new relationship: “We have always admired, from a distance, the enormous and original talents of k.d. lang. When it became possible that we actually might be able to work with her, we immediately jumped at the opportunity. And to begin this relationship with a record as moving and brilliant as Hymns is more than we could have ever hoped for.” lang has echoed the sentiment, saying “Nonesuch is, to me, the most exciting roster of artists that exists today, and I’m thrilled to be associated with them.”

ProductionCredits

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Ben Mink and k.d. lang
Recorded and mixed by David Leonard
Recorded at Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Assisted by John Morrical   
Technical assistance: John Musgrave, Russell Nash and David Eaman   
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering & DVD, Portland, ME
Strings arranged and conducted by Eumir Deodato
Contractor: David Sherr
Copyist: Tom Calderero   
Digital Editing: Ben Mink

Art Direction and Design: SMOG Design
Cover: Oak Tree Snowball 1994 © Andy Goldsworthy, courtesy Andy Goldsworthy and Galerie Lelong New York

Nonesuch Selection Number

79847

Number of Discs in Set
1disc
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Artist Name
kd lang
MusicianDetails

MUSICIANS
k.d. lang, vocals
Teddy Borowiecki, piano, keyboards, accordion
Ben Mink, acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle (7)
David Piltch, acoustic and electric bass
Clayton Cameron, drums (9)
Violin: Ralph Morrison (concertmaster), Sara Parkins, Tiffany Yi Hu, David Stenske
Viola: Brian Dembow, Cynthia Fogg
Cello: Stephen Erdody, Cecilia Tsan, Armen Ksajikian (5, 9), Larry Corbett (5, 9)

Cover Art
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Label
CD+MP3
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075597984729BUN
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MP3
Price
9.00
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075597984767
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96/24 HD FLAC
Price
12.00
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075597944211
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LP
Price
19.00
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075597943689
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News & Reviews

  • The original video for k.d. lang’s Top 40 hit song “Constant Craving,” from the double-Platinum-selling 1992 album Ingénue, has been re-mastered from the original film materials in 4K HD by Craigman Digital featuring audio from the 2017 Ingénue: 25th Anniversary Edition remaster. The song earned lang the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance in 1993. The video was directed by Mark Romanek. "I'm so happy the video has been updated and hope fans can enjoy it more now that it's high res!" You can watch it here.

  • Congratulations to all of the Nonesuch nominees for the 64th Grammy Awards: The Black Keys' Delta Kream for Best Contemporary Blues Album; Rhiannon Giddens' They're Calling Me Home with Francesco Turrisi for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song, for the track "Avalon"; Spike Lee's film of David Byrne's American Utopia on Broadway for Best Music Film; Louis Andriessen's The only one and Caroline Shaw's Narrow Sea for Best Contemporary Classical Composition; k.d. lang and Tracy Young's "Constant Craving (Fashionably Late Remix)" for Best Remixed Recording; and Mike Elizondo for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, for work including Lake Street Dive's Obviously. You can hear all the nominated works here.

  • About This Album

    On Hymns of the 49th Parallel, k.d. lang's first for Nonesuch Records, the Canadian songstress fulfills her longstanding desire to create a Canadian songbook. On the album, she pays homage to fellow Canadian artists including Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Jane Siberry, Ron Sexsmith, and Bruce Cockburn.

    “These songs are part of my cultural fabric, my Canadian soundtrack. They have nurtured my musical DNA,” lang says. “To recognize and honor the profound impact they have had on me, my approach to interpreting these songs is to sing them as honestly, as purely, and as true to how I heard them as possible, with respect and reverence for the songs and for the songwriters...as hymns...simply songs of praise.”

    While countless artists have put forth versions of American standards, the lineage of Canadian songwriters has been all but overlooked. In the absence of an existing Canadian songbook, lang chose to anchor Hymns with a few canonical artists: Mitchell, Cohen, and Young. Siberry, Sexsmith, and Cockburn were included not only because they are among lang’s favorites, but because they show the country’s rich songwriting culture continuing into the present and future.

    lang has long been celebrated for her imaginative interpretations. Her fresh takes on country classics—especially on the landmark Shadowland (1988) and the Grammy-winning Absolute Torch and Twang (1989)—were so original and unorthodox that they elicited controversy from country purists, in addition to wide acclaim. On Drag (1997), lang applied her singular style of torch singing to a high-concept album, using smoking as a metaphor to examine the nature of human desire. Most recently, she collaborated with Tony Bennett on a Grammy-winning exploration of American songs. lang is an equally accomplished songwriter, having won vast praise for her self-penned Ingenue (1992) and its follow-up, All You Can Eat (1995).

    Hymns is lang’s first album for Nonesuch. Label president Robert Hurwitz has expressed deep enthusiasm about the new relationship: “We have always admired, from a distance, the enormous and original talents of k.d. lang. When it became possible that we actually might be able to work with her, we immediately jumped at the opportunity. And to begin this relationship with a record as moving and brilliant as Hymns is more than we could have ever hoped for.” lang has echoed the sentiment, saying “Nonesuch is, to me, the most exciting roster of artists that exists today, and I’m thrilled to be associated with them.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    k.d. lang, vocals
    Teddy Borowiecki, piano, keyboards, accordion
    Ben Mink, acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle (7)
    David Piltch, acoustic and electric bass
    Clayton Cameron, drums (9)
    Violin: Ralph Morrison (concertmaster), Sara Parkins, Tiffany Yi Hu, David Stenske
    Viola: Brian Dembow, Cynthia Fogg
    Cello: Stephen Erdody, Cecilia Tsan, Armen Ksajikian (5, 9), Larry Corbett (5, 9)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Ben Mink and k.d. lang
    Recorded and mixed by David Leonard
    Recorded at Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles
    Assisted by John Morrical   
    Technical assistance: John Musgrave, Russell Nash and David Eaman   
    Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering & DVD, Portland, ME
    Strings arranged and conducted by Eumir Deodato
    Contractor: David Sherr
    Copyist: Tom Calderero   
    Digital Editing: Ben Mink

    Art Direction and Design: SMOG Design
    Cover: Oak Tree Snowball 1994 © Andy Goldsworthy, courtesy Andy Goldsworthy and Galerie Lelong New York