Hymns Of The 49th Parallel Image
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  • Summary: The Canadian singer-songwriter's Nonesuch debut features covers of songs by other Canadian singer-songwriters, including Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Ron Sexsmith, Jane Siberry, and William Shatner. (OK, so maybe not the last one.) There's also one lang original for good measure.
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  1. 90
    Every track is stellar. [Aug 2004, p.133]
  2. Every song becomes her own, with each one having just the right amount of torch and twang.
  3. Easily the best of her extensive catalogue of covers albums.
  4. What makes this work, beyond Lang's ability to control both prickly and inspiring material, is her sensuality.
  5. What's missing are distinctive arrangements or emotional interpretations of the material that would stake lang's own claim to these songs. [30 Jul 2004, p.69]
  6. [The songs are] bereft of the joy and pain that made her name. [Oct 2004, p.128]

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