Ingénue [25th Anniversary Edition]

Ingénue [25th Anniversary Edition]

by k.d. lang

CD(Anniversary Edition)

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Overview

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. [In 2017, Ingénue was reissued in a two-disc 25th Anniversary Edition including a remastered version of the original album plus a second disc comprising eight previously unreleased live tracks from MTV Unplugged.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2017
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597938500
catalogNumber: 559289
Rank: 44756

Album Credits

Performance Credits

k.d. lang   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Tamboura
Gary Burton   Marimbas,Vibes
Teddy Borowiecki   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Vibes,Santur
Graham Boyle   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Timpani
Anna Cholakian   Cello
Sal Ferreras   Percussion
Ingrid Friesen   Pizzicato
John Friesen   Cello
Martin Laba   Pizzicato
Greg Leisz   Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Weissenborn
Mike Lent   Acoustic Bass
Sue Leonard   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ben Mink   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Violin,Electric Guitar,Viola,Beat Box,Soloist
Greg Penny   Beat Box
David Piltch   Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Myron Schultz   Clarinet
Randall Stoll   Drums
Rosel Zech   Vocals
Linda Kidder   Percussion,Background Vocals
Victor Schultz   Violin
Scott Rawls   Cello
David Sinclair   Guitar

Technical Credits

Alex Coletti   Producer
Ron Johnson   Guitar Techician
k.d. lang   Composer,Producer
Ben Mink   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Musical Director
Greg Penny   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Marc Ramaer   Engineer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
John Heiden   Art Direction
James Reed   Liner Notes
Joel Stillerman   Executive Producer
Morrie Eaman   Engineer
Nick Steinhardt   Photo Illustration

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