"Hymns of the 49th Parallel" is the kind of recording that demands repeated listens—not always easy to do in a culture that thrives on multi-tasking, moving on to the next big thing and bloggin

"Hymns of the 49th Parallel" is the kind of recording that demands repeated listens—not always easy to do in a culture that thrives on multi-tasking, moving on to the next big thing and blogging. But those that do spend time with this disc will be rewarded. For her first Nonesuch album, lang delivers a collection that pays homage to fellow Canadian artists. Like numerous contemporaries before her, she revisits songs others made famous. But every song becomes her own, with each one having just the right amount of torch and twang. Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Jane Siberry, Leonard Cohen, Ron Sexsmith and Bruce Cockburn are the artists that receive some of her TLC. Highlights include "Helpless," "A Case of You," "One Day I Walk" and "Fallen." The disc's final two songs—Cohen's "Bird on a Wire" and Siberry's "Love Is Everything"—find lang saving the absolute best for last.—MP