There is a once-in-a-lifetime moment where inspiration, wisdom and good fortune converge together to prompt a recording artist to produce his or her greatest masterpiece... For kd lang, "Ingenue" represents that supreme moment in her illustrious recording career. All of her innate gifts as a true music artist - poetic lyric-writing , communicative ability to breathe life into any song, and above all, her glorious inimitable voice - are enshrined in this album. "Ingenue" is a flawless gem! Casual listeners who buy "Ingenue" solely for the reason that "Constant Craving" (kd's world-wide big hit) is in it, and then grumble that the rest of the CD does not measure up to this one song, are missing the point of the album BIG-TIME. "Ingenue", like many of kd's other albums, should never be perceived as a Madonna-esque or Britney-esque album --- chockful of over-the-top boopy songs with calculated catchy hooks which ensnare your ears...
With k.d. lang, it is all about that voice - a spectacular alto belt with soul and tenderness and clarity and perfect pitch and tone - when she goes for those sustained notes, you are thrilled down to your toes. This album, featuring her songwriting skills (some are better than others; all are worth listening to over and over), showcases that voice in all its glory, matched beat for beat with luscious production values and interesting instrumentation. The album has a moody, depressive tone, yet is immensely enjoyable in its darkness. Appealing to all of us not enamored with k.d.'s more folksy/country/twangy efforts, this album is torchy, jazzy and pop-infused. The stunning Constant Craving truly infects you; it gets inside you with its perfect blend of melody, layered vocals and lyric. Cannot wait for the Invincible Summer album!
This album was released in March 1992. That is now 15 years since it was recorded.
I put it in the player in the car the other day after over 10 years of not listening to it, and was struck by how lush, fresh, timeless, and contemporary it was. More than any other album of the 90s, this one is standing the test of time for brilliance, musicianship, vocals, arrangements and sheer endurance of enjoyment.
k.d. lang's vocals here are haunting, memorable, and ineffebly beautiful. While she does not engage in pipes one-upsmanship in high register notes (Maria Carey can have that territory), her sustain and emphasis is dead on: laden with emotion and conviction. For these are her songs and lyrics expressed in a deeply personal and revealing way.
Much is made of Miss lang's public coyness and understated frankness concerning her personal life, and more than a few of these lyrics allude to emotional and intimate difficulties with immediately unsuspected...
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