Ken Tucker
July 30, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hymns of the 49th Parallel

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
k.d. lang
Producers
Nonesuch

We gave it an C+

It’s never a good sign when an album of covers winds up making you yearn to hear the originals. The theme here is that Canadian-born lang sings songs by other natives — Neil Young’s ”After the Gold Rush” and Joni Mitchell’s ”Case of You,” for example. Her technique is, as always, impeccable; what’s missing are distinctive arrangements or emotional interpretations of the material that would stake lang’s own claim to these songs.

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