National Treasure #127: Daniel Lanois

In 1989, Daniel Lanois released his album Acadie. It was the first time I’d heard anyone singing in French and English in the same song. It was a vision of what bilingualism might have looked like in this country (and might still?).

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Wikipedia notes his recording career, but gives more credit to his producing work, which was heretofore unknown to me.

Lanois has released several albums of his own work. However, he is best known for producing albums for a wide variety of artists, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and Brandon Flowers. Lanois also collaborated with Brian Eno: most famously on producing several albums for U2, including the multi-platinum The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby. Three albums produced or co-produced by Lanois have won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Four other albums received Grammy nominations. – Wikipedia

I also note that his music genres are listed as rock (OK, get it), alternative rock (OK, good, that’s country, right?), and ambient (which I think means he sings while walking around, or maybe while using both hands).


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