Incognito (Celine Dion album)

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Incognito
Studio album by Celine Dion
Released 2 April 1987 (1987-04-02)
Recorded
  • 1987
  • DMS Studio
  • Endel-The Synth Studio
  • Ultra-Son Studio
Genre Pop
Length 35:05
Label CBS
Producer
Celine Dion chronology
  • Incognito
  • (1987)
Alternative cover
1988 French edition
Singles from Incognito
  1. "On traverse un miroir"
    Released: April 1987 (1987-04)
  2. "Incognito"
    Released: June 1987 (1987-06)
  3. "Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)"
    Released: October 1987 (1987-10)
  4. "Comme un cœur froid"
    Released: February 1988 (1988-02)
  5. "Délivre-moi"
    Released: June 1988 (1988-06)
  6. "D'abord, c'est quoi l'amour"
    Released: October 1988 (1988-10)
  7. "Jours de fièvre"
    Released: 1988 (1988)

Incognito is the eighth French-language studio album by Canadian singer Celine Dion, released by CBS Records on 2 April 1987 in Quebec, Canada. It features eight songs produced by Jean-Alain Roussel, Aldo Nova and Pierre Bazinet. Six song were released as singles and all of them reached top five on the Quebec Airplay Chart, including four number ones: "Incognito," "Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)," "Comme un cœur froid" and "D'abord, c'est quoi l'amour." Incognito was certified two-times Platinum in Canada and has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.

Content[edit]

Incognito started Dion's new look, new sound, new team of writers and producers and was issued by the new record company, CBS Records. The album was released in Quebec, Canada in April 1987 and included songs produced by Jean-Alain Roussel, Aldo Nova and Pierre Bazinet. Lyrics were written by Luc Plamondon, Isa Minoke and Eddy Marnay, and music was composed by Jean-Alain Roussel, Aldo Nova, Daniel Lavoie, Robert Lafond and Steven Tracey. The album also contains a French-language cover of Elizabeth Daily's "Love in the Shadows," titled "Délivre-moi." At the end of 1988, Incognito with different track listing was released in France. Instead of "Partout je te vois" and "Délivre-moi," it included the 1988 Eurovision-winning song, "Ne partez pas sans moi" and a cover of Jean-Pierre Ferland's "Ma chambre" (B-side of Incognito's singles). In October 1992, Incognito was issued in France with the original track listing and in August 1995 the album became available in various countries around the world.[1]

Singles[edit]

The first single, "On traverse un miroir" entered the Quebec Airplay Chart on 25 April 1987 and peaked at number two. The second single, "Incognito" debuted on this chart on 6 June 1987 and topped it for six weeks. The next single, "Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)" entered the Quebec Airplay Chart on 3 October 1987 and occupied the number-one position for two weeks. The fourth single, "Comme un cœur froid" debuted on the chart on 6 February 1988 and also topped it for two weeks. The fifth single, "Délivre-moi" entered the Quebec Airplay Chart on 18 June 1988 and peaked at number four. The last Canadian single, "D'abord, c'est quoi l'amour" debuted on the chart in Quebec on 17 October 1988 and became Dion's fourth number one from Incognito spending two weeks at the top. "Jours de fièvre" was released as a single in Denmark in late 1988.

Promotion[edit]

On 2 April 1987, Dion performed at a special show organized to celebrate the release of Incognito at Club L'Esprit in Montreal, Canada. On 7 April 1987, she appeared on the television show Montréal en direct aired on Télé-Metropole and sang "On traverse un miroir," "Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)" and "Incognito." On 27 September 1987, a television special titled Spécial Incognito aired on Radio-Canada. It included the music video for "Incognito" and performances of songs from Incognito ("Partout je te vois," "Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)," "Délivre-moi," "On traverse un miroir," "Jours de fièvre," "Comme un cœur froid") and three covers ("My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "Seulement qu'un aventure"). On 2 November 1987, Dion performed the English-language version of "Partout je te vois," "Have a Heart" at the Juno Awards. During 1987, she also performed "Incognito" and "On traverse un miroir" on Ad lib on TVA, "Ma chambre" (B-side of Incognito's singles) on Ferland/Nadeau on Télé-Metropole, "Partout je te vois," "The Greatest Love of All" and "Encore et encore" (duet with Francis Cabrel) on Station soleil on Radio-Québec and "Comme un cœur froid" on Montréal en direct. On 15 February 1988, Dion sang "Incognito," "Comme un cœur froid" and "Memory" on Téléfun on TQS. On 1 July 1988, she performed "Comme un cœur froid" and "Can't We Try" (duet with Dan Hill) on Joyeux millions Canada on TVA. In September 1988, Dion sang "D'abord, c'est quoi l'amour" on Laser 33-45 on Radio-Canada. Other 1988 television performances included "Ma chambre," "Summertime" and "D'abord, c'est quoi l'amour" on Ad lib. Later, in 1989 Dion also performed "Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)" and "D'amour ou d'amitié" on Ad lib and "Délivre-moi" on Ferland/Nadeau. In addition, she embarked on the Incognito tournée and gave seventy-five performances in Quebec between January and December 1988.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]

AllMusic gave the album three out of five stars.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

On 23 November 1987, Incognito was certified Gold by the CRIA for selling 50,000 copies. On 16 September 1988, it was certified Platinum in Canada for selling 100,000 units. Later, on 31 January 1996 the album was certified two-times Platinum by the CRIA for sales of over 200,000 copies.[3] In Belgium Wallonia, Incognito entered the Ultratop 200 Albums chart in 1995, thanks to the success of D'eux and peaked at number sixty-five on 11 November 1995. Incognito has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.[4][5]

Awards[edit]

In 1987, Dion was nominated for the Félix Award for Female Vocalist of the Year and Incognito was nominated in category Pop Album of the Year. Jean-Alain Roussel won Félix Award for arranging "Comme un cœur froid" and was nominated for two other Félix Awards for producing and engineering "Incognito." In 1988, Dion won Félix Award for Female Vocalist of the Year and "Incognito" won in category Most Popular Song of the Year. Thanks to the Incognito tournée, Dion also won Félix Award for Best Stage Performance of the Year and was nominated in category Show of the Year. Incognito tournée also won Félix Award for Stage Director of the Year and was nominated in category Stage Designer of the Year and Lighting Designer of the Year. Dion was also nominated for the Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year in 1987 and Female Vocalist of the Year in 1989. She was also nominated for three MetroStar Awards in 1987 (Female Vocalist of the Year, Young Artist of the Year, Female Personality of the Year) and four in 1988 (Female Vocalist of the Year, Young Artist of the Year, Female Personality of the Year, Jury Award), and won MetroStar Award for Young Artist of the Year in 1988. Dion's television special titled Spécial Incognito was nominated for six Gémeaux Awards in 1988 and won two for Best Cinematography and Best Lighting. Other nominations included Best Direction, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup/Hair.

Track listings[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Incognito"   Roussel 4:26
2. "Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)"  
Roussel 3:59
3. "On traverse un miroir"  
  • Isa Minoke
  • Robert Lafond
Aldo Nova 4:30
4. "Partout je te vois"   Nova 3:50
5. "Jours de fièvre"  
  • Marnay
  • Roussel
Roussel 5:08
6. "D'abord, c'est quoi l'amour"  
  • Marnay
  • Steven Tracey
Nova 4:05
7. "Délivre-moi"   Pierre Bazinet 3:52
8. "Comme un cœur froid"  
  • Marnay
  • Roussel
Roussel 5:15

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[6] 65

Certifications ans sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[7] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Summaries
Worldwide 500,000[4][5]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Claude Allard - engineer's assistant
  • René Angélil – executive producer, impresario
  • Daniel Barkbe - synclavier
  • Alain Barletano - drums
  • Pierre Bazinet - producer, arranger, mix, drums
  • Bill Beaudoin - guitars, keyboards
  • J.C. Beaudoin - sound recording, mix
  • Paul Bella - photos
  • Robin Black – mix
  • Sylvian Bolduc – bass guitar
  • Carol – hair
  • Denis Chartrand – keyboards
  • Michel Corriveau – synthesizers, keyboards programming
  • Martin Daviault – saxophone, flute
  • Alain Deroque – mastering
  • Celine Dion – lead and background vocals
  • Suzane Mia Dumont – press agent
  • Ray Fabi – synthesizers, keyboards programming, Macintosh Plus programming
  • Pierre Hebert – drums
  • J.P. Karsenty - photo
  • Vito Luprano – executive producer
  • Robert Marchand – guitars
  • Robert Matichak - engineer's assistant
  • Isa Minoke - background vocals
  • Laurie Niedzielski – background vocals
  • Paul Northfield – drums recording
  • Aldo Nova – producer, arranger, sound recording, mix, programming, guitars, synth bass, drums, keyboards
  • Jean-Alain Roussel – producer, arranger, sound recording, drums, bass synth, keyboards
  • Alain Simard – programming
  • Martin Soldat – design
  • Patrick Vetter – saxophone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Canada 2 April 1987 CBS CD WCK 80119
Vinyl record PFC 80119
Cassette WCT 80119
France 1988 Carrere CD 96600
Vinyl record 66600
Cassette 76600
22 October 1992 Columbia CD 472682 4
Cassette 472682 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5. 
  2. ^ a b "Incognito - Celine Dion Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Celine Dion – Incognito". Music Canada. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Jean Alain Roussel: Le Maestro mauricien qui a fait chanter le monde". Le Mauricien (in French). 18 October 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Dany Bouchard (19 May 2007). "Le parcours francophone d'une star mondiale" (in French). Canoe.ca. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Sam Jaspers (2006). Ultratop 1995-2005. Book & Media Publishing. ISBN 90-5720-232-8. 
  7. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Celine Dion – Incognito". Music Canada.