On her early albums, k.d. lang was a country traditionalist with a difference -- while she had a glorious voice and could evoke the risen ghost of Patsy Cline when she was of a mind, there was an intelligence and sly humor in her work that occasionally betrayed her history as a performance artist who entered the musical mainstream through the side door. And while the three years between Absolute Torch and Twang and Ingénue were full of controversy for lang that may have encouraged her to seek out new creative directions (among other things, she came out as a lesbian and her outspoken animal rights activism alienated many fans in the C&W mainstream), the former album suggested lang had already taken her interest in country music as far as it was likely to go. Ingénue presented lang as an adult contemporary artist for the first time, and if she felt any trepidation at all about her stylistic shift, you'd never guess after listening to the record; lang's vocal style is noticeably more subtle on Ingénue than her previous albums, but her command of her instrument is still complete, and the cooler surroundings allowed her to emotionally accomplish more with less. lang's songwriting moved into a more impressionistic direction with Ingénue, and while the literal meanings of many of her tunes became less clear, she also brought a more personal stamp to her music, and the emotional core of "Save Me," "Constant Craving," and "So It Shall Be" was obvious even when their surfaces were evasive. And the production and arrangements by lang and her longtime collaborators Ben Mink and Greg Penny were at once simple and ambitious, creating a musical space that was different in form and effect than her previous albums but one where she sounded right at home. Ingénue disappoints slightly because while lang was a masterful and thoroughly enjoyable country singer, she was a far more introspective adult contemporary singer/songwriter who seemingly demanded the audience accept her "as is" or not at all. However, the craft of the album is impressive indeed, and few artists have reinvented themselves with as much poise and panache as lang did on Ingénue.
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Performance Creditsk.d. lang Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Tambourine,Vocals,Tamboura,Tma
Gary Burton Marimbas,Vibes
Teddy Borowiecki Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Santur
Graham Boyle Percussion,Tambourine,Timpani
Sal Ferreras Percussion
Ingrid Friesen Violin,Pizzicato
John Friesen Cello
Martin Laba Violin,Pizzicato
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Sue Leonard Vocals,Background Vocals
Ben Mink Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Violin,Electric Guitar,Viola,Beat Box
Greg Penny Percussion,Beat Box
David Piltch Bass,Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Myron Schultz Clarinet
Randall Stoll Drums
Rosel Zech Vocals,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsIngrid Friesen Contributor
Martin Laba Contributor
k.d. lang Producer
Ben Mink Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Greg Penny Programming,Producer,Engineer
Marc Ramaer Engineer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Morrie Eaman Engineer
Greg Kevin Penny Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought kd land Ingenue last year and this happens to be my favorite kd lang cd I bought ever. Constant Craving is my all-time favorite and when I hear her sing, I start singing along. My other favorites are Season of Hollow Soul and Outside Myself. If anyone hasn't heard of kd lang, my suggestion is get this cd and judge for yourself.
Unfortunately, lang's uniqueness leads to all the rather unfortunate comparisons to others (Patsy Cline, for example), and that banal commentary that music writers employ when someone comes along they as yet have no category for. Just listen to her sing. If that don't shake ya up, you're ''soul challenged.''
This is definitely k.d.'s best album and a testament to her incredible vocal talents. Here she sings about love and longing in a way that's heartfelt without sounding sugary sweet. The music is great and creates a very richly layered atmosphere using a variety of instruments (accordian, vibraphone, cello, viola) that will really make you aware of k.d.'s voice and lyrics! The best songs in my opinion are her huge hit "Constant Craving", "The Mind of Love", "Miss Chatelaine", "Save Me", "Wash Me Clean" and "So it Shall Be" which is more than half the album, so that tells you just how wonderful she is! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! PLEASE DON'T LET THIS ONE PASS YOU BY!
The first time I heard Wash Me Clean I was hooked! I absolutely love all of her songs!! I am about to receive the last C D to complete my collection. All I need is a Salmonberries video and I am a fulfilled woman! kd you are all that!!!