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Editors’ Notes

In the midst of recording landmark albums for Bob Dylan and The Neville Brothers at his New Orleans–based studio Kingsway (located inside a historic mansion on the outskirts of the French Quarter), Daniel Lanois found time to record his solo debut, 1989’s Acadie. The title refers to the historical connection between Lanois’ native Canada and the French-speaking Cajuns of Louisiana, and thematically, the music reopens the bridge between these seemingly incongruent cultures. Lanois sings in French on “O Marie,” “Jolie Louise,” and “Under a Stormy Sky,” all of which apply the producer’s famously tropical sound design to poignant and plainspoken melodies drawn from ancient folk tunes. Sonically, Acadie is directly related to Lanois’s previously collaborations with Brian Eno, U2, and the Nevilles, all of whom make guest appearances here. “The Maker” crossbreeds the bayou shuffles of The Neville Brothers with the sweeping grandeur of U2’s Joshua Tree. Meanwhile, “Ice” and “St. Ann’s Gold” hark back to Lanois’ instrumental duets with Eno. Though Lanois is a talented singer and songwriter, Acadie frequently shows that he can say just as much without any words at all.

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A Quiet Classic

This is one of those albums that should be on everyone's shelf. Unfortunately, Lanois is too often heralded for his production work than for his solo work. Luckily a few artists have noticed his brilliance and have begun to cover his songs like the standards they should be. The Holiday season is usually an overdose of box sets and re-issues but Acadie actually deserves the reworking it has recieved. iTunes did a great service by including the digital booklet as the liner notes are very well done and add a lot to the listening experience. Most importantly, the bonus tracks are not live tracks or remixes which have become standard in this day and age of 2 disc "collector" sets. The songs actually give insight to where the album came from in more ways than one. Quite simply, this is a must have.

Lanois AKA The Master

Lanois proved to the world he is a true songwriter and creator. This album blew me away years ago and still is in my top five favorite albums of all time. The extra songs are gorgeous. Thank you Dan for making the world sound so good.

Better than the stuff he produces.

Great Record. Under Rated


Born: September 19, 1951 in Hull, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most distinctive and celebrated producers of his time, Daniel Lanois was also a gifted composer and solo artist; whether performing his own material or helming records for the likes of U2, Bob Dylan, and Peter Gabriel, the hallmarks of his singular aesthetic remained the same. Noted for his unparalleled atmospheric sensibilities, Lanois pursued emotional honesty over technical perfection, relying on vintage equipment and unorthodox studio methods to achieve a signature sound both viscerally...
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