Hymns Of The 49th Parallel (2004) 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… 2004-07-27 k.d. lang
Music Review

Hymns Of The 49th Parallel (2004)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Jul 27, 2004; Lead Performance: k.d. lang

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.

Originally posted Jul 30, 2004 Published in issue #776 Jul 30, 2004 Order article reprints