Ingénue (album)

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K.d. lang - Ingenue.jpg
Studio album by k.d. lang
Released 17 March 1992
Recorded 1991 at Vancouver Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genre Pop, country, folk, jazz
Length 41:47
Label Sire, Warner Bros.
Producer Greg Penny
Ben Mink
k.d. lang
k.d. lang chronology
Absolute Torch and Twang
All You Can Eat
Singles from Ingénue
  1. "Constant Craving"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Miss Chatelaine"
    Released: 1992
  3. "The Mind of Love"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C[3]
Houston Chronicle 4/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau (neither)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]

Ingénue is the second solo album by Canadian singer k.d. lang, released in 1992. It has more of a cabaret flavor than Lang's previous work, and is her most successful album on the pop charts both in her native Canada and internationally.[9]

The samba-inspired "Miss Chatelaine" was ironic; Chatelaine is a Canadian women's magazine which once chose Lang as its "Woman of the Year", and the song's video depicted Lang—who was usually best known for a fairly androgynous appearance—in an exaggeratedly feminine manner, surrounded by bright pastel colours and a profusion of bubbles reminiscent of a performance on the Lawrence Welk show, complete with an accordion in the instrumentation.

The multi-format hit single "Constant Craving" inspired (albeit subconsciously) The Rolling Stones' 1997 single "Anybody Seen My Baby?", from their Bridges to Babylon album, with the result that the Stones gave writing credits on that song to Lang and her collaborator Ben Mink.

Both "Save Me" and "Still Thrives This Love" were used in the 2003 Showtime film Soldier's Girl.


The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by k.d. lang and Ben Mink, except where noted

  1. "Save Me" – 4:33
  2. "The Mind of Love" – 3:48
  3. "Miss Chatelaine" – 3:49
  4. "Wash Me Clean" (Lang) – 3:17
  5. "So It Shall Be" (Lang, Greg Penny) – 4:30
  6. "Still Thrives This Love" – 3:35
  7. "Season of Hollow Soul" – 4:58
  8. "Outside Myself" – 4:57
  9. "Tears of Love's Recall" – 3:49
  10. "Constant Craving" – 4:37



  • Producers: Greg Penny, Ben Mink, k.d. lang
  • Engineers: Greg Penny, Marc Ramaer, Morrie Eaman, Ben Mink
  • Assistant engineers: Steve Royea, Louie Teran, Pete Wosniak
  • Mixing: Greg Penny, Marc Ramaer
  • Mixing assistant: Chris Puram
  • Mastering: Chris Bellman
  • Programming: Ben Mink, Greg Penny
  • String arrangements: Ben Mink
  • Art direction: Jeri Heiden
  • Design: Jeri Heiden, Greg Ross
  • Photography: Glen Erler


Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
Ingénue Album of the Year Nominated
Best Engineered Non-classical Album Nominated
"Constant Craving" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Won
Song of the Year Nominated
Record of the Year Nominated
1994 "Miss Chatelaine" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated



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  2. ^ Chris, Heim (1992-03-26). "k.d. lang Ingenue (Sire)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  3. ^ Zacharek, Stephanie (1992-03-20). "Ingenue Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Rick (1992-04-05). "k.d. lang gets real with intense "Ingenue'". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on April 18, 2013. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  5. ^ Willman, Chris (1992-03-15). "Record Rack: k.d. lang, Sans the Twang". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  6. ^ "KD Lang - Ingenue CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: k.d. lang". Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ Levitin, Daniel. "Constant Creating: k.d. lang"
  10. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  11. ^ "The 35th Grammy Awards Nominations : General Categories". Los Angeles Times. 1993-01-08. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  12. ^ " k.d. lang - Ingénue". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  13. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-11-04
  14. ^ "Album Search: k.d. lang" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  15. ^ "Highest position and charting weeks of Ingénue by k.d. lang". (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2011-10-01. [dead link]
  16. ^ " - k.d. lang - Ingénue". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  17. ^ "Chart Stats - kd lang - Ingenue". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  18. ^ AllMusic - Ingénue > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  19. ^ "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts". Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  20. ^ "Billboard.BIZ - Year-end Charts - Billboard 200 - 1993". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  21. ^ "End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Albums 1993". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – k.d. lang – Ingenue". Music Canada. 
  23. ^ "British album certifications – KD LANG – Ingenue". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Ingenue in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  24. ^ "American album certifications – k.d. lang – Ingenue". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Superunknown by Soundgarden
New Zealand Chart number-one album
March 27, 1994
Succeeded by
Elegant Slumming by M People