- See Impossible Princess for the 1998 album released in the UK as Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue is the title of a 1994 album by Australian singer Kylie Minogue. It was Minogue's fifth studio album.
was released on the Deconstruction
label in the United Kingdom
in Australia. It reached number four on the UK Albums Chart
, and was certified gold for selling over 100,000 copies. "Confide in Me" was the first and most successful single released from the album, reaching number two on the UK charts and spending four weeks at number one in her native Australia. The album hit number two in Australia.
Kylie Minogue was Minogue's first release outside of the production team of Stock Aitken Waterman. In an attempt to broaden her fan base and extend herself as an artist, she took an active role in planning the album and sought out a diverse group of artists to collaborate with. The first recording sessions took place in 1993 and resulted in two songs recorded with Saint Etienne and eight by Minogue co-written songs with the Rapino Brothers. But Deconstruction's A&R office decided they were heading into the wrong direction, so 16 new songs were recorded - six with Brothers In Rhythm, four with Jimmy Harry, three with singer songwriter Gerry DeVeaux, two with Pete Heller and Terry Farley and one with M People - and two songs from the previous Rapino Brothers sessions were re-recorded with Brothers In Rhythm. Music critics generally praised Minogue for her objective, however most reviews described the end result as disjointed and disappointing.
On the album cover, Minogue attempted to present herself as a serious artist, rather than the vampish sex kitten she had begun to personify. While the accompanying videos were among her sexiest and most overt, the album cover featured black and white photography of Minogue wearing horn rimmed glasses and a conservative trouser and jacket suit. Such a combination from someone who had so strenuously promoted herself as a fashion icon was seen by many critics to be an odd choice.
In May, 2003 the album was remastered, complete with a bonus disc filled mostly with remixes. According to Steve Anderson, who co-wrote and produced songs on the Kylie Minogue album,the album sold 2 million copies worldwide.
The final version of the Pet Shop Boys
track ("Falling") that appears on the album is radically different from the demo the band submitted to Minogue, which was much more in the style of her earlier work with PWL
. The basis of the demo track was an eventually abandoned Pet Shop Boys remix of their 1993 cover version of The Village People
song "Go West
". Ironically, the later Minogue song "Your Disco Needs You
" bears strong similarities to traditional anthemic Pet Shop Boys songs such as "Go West" and "A Red Letter Day". However, such songs were not in vogue in 1994 with the mature clubbing audience that Minogue and Deconstruction were trying to target at the time. The original Pet Shop Boys demo of "Falling" (with Neil Tennant
on vocals) was later made available as part of the 2001 2-disc re-release of the Pet Shop Boys album Very
. The Pet Shop Boys would later directly collaborate with Minogue for their album Nightlife
, on which she sang the duet "In Denial" with Tennant.
was a moderate market: her albums were continuously released in the States, but more so in Canada
. "Fie-toi à Moi", the Franglais version of "Confide in Me", was released as a part of a special Canadian release that had different cover artwork.
Scrapped single releases
The follow-up single to "Put Yourself In My Place
" was planned to be "If I Was Your Lover". Originally mixed by Jimmy Harry the track was remixed to give it a more urban appeal. The single was supposed to be relased in the US
first and then in the UK if the US release was successful. After the record contract for the US fell through the UK single release was scrapped.
"Time Will Pass You By" was planned to be the final single from the album and remixes were commissioned (the Paul Masterson Mix being one of them). Instead of this song the collaboration with Nick Cave "Where the Wild Roses Grow" was released.
- "Confide in Me" (Steve Anderson/Dave Seaman/O. Barton) – 5:51
- "Surrender" (G. DeVeaux/C. Mole) – 4:25
- "If I Was Your Lover" (J. Harry) – 4:45
- "Where Is the Feeling?" (W. Smarties/J. Hannah) – 6:59
- "Put Yourself in My Place" (J. Harry) – 4:54
- "Dangerous Game" (S. Anderson/D. Seaman) – 5:31
- "Automatic Love" (G. Mallozzi/M. Sabiu/K. Minogue/I. Humpe) – 4:45
- "Where Has the Love Gone?" (A. Palmer/J. Stapleton) – 7:46
- "Falling" (Neil Tennant/Chris Lowe) – 6:43
- "Time Will Pass You By" (J. Whys/D. Fekaris/N. Zesses) – 5:26
Bonus tracks on the Japanese editions of Kylie Minogue
- "Love Is Waiting" (Album version) (M. Percy/T. Lever/T. Ackerman) – 4:52
- "Nothing Can Stop Us" (7" version) (B. Stanley/P. Wiggs) – 4:06
Bonus track on the Canadian editions of Kylie Minogue:
- "Confide in Me" (Franglais version) (S. Anderson/D. Seaman/O. Barton) – 5:53
Re-release bonus tracks
All bonus tracks appear on the re-release edition of Kylie Minogue
- "Dangerous Game" (Dangerous Overture) (S. Anderson/D. Seaman) – 1:20
- "Confide in Me" (Justin Warfield mix) – 5:27
- "Put Yourself in My Place" (Dan’s Old School mix) – 4:31
- "Where Is the Feeling?" (Acoustic version) – 4:51
- "Nothing Can Stop Us" (7" version) – 4:06
- "Love Is Waiting" (New version) – 4:48
- "Time Will Pass You By" (Paul Masterson mix) – 7:34
- "Where Is the Feeling?" (West End TKO mix) – 8:11
- "Falling" (Alternative mix) – 8:40
- "Confide in Me" (Big Brothers mix) – 10:27
- "Surrender" (Talking Soul mix) – 4:26
- "Put Yourself in My Place" (Acoustic version) – 4:46
- "If You Don’t Love Me" (Acoustic version) (P. MacAloon) – 2:10
- "Confide in Me" (Franglais version) – 5:53
(Initially) Unreleased songs
Rapino Brothers sessions (all songs written by G. Mallozzi/M. Sabiu/K. Minogue)
- "Aston Martin – 3:30 leaked into the internet
- "For All I'm Worth – 4:50 leaked into the internet
- "Gotta Move On" – 3:37 released on Hits+
- "Difficult By Design" – 3:44 released on Hits+
- "Love Is On The Line" Kylie gave the song to Edyta Górniak who released it as a single
- "Our Lovin' (Light That I Was Looking For)"
- "Living For Your Lovin'"
- "Automatic Love (Original Version) (G. Mallozzi/M. Sabiu/K. Minogue/I. Humpe)
Brothers In Rhythm sessions:
- "At The End Of The Day"
- "Love Is On The Line" re-recording
Jimma Harry sessions:
- "The World Needs Love"
Gerry DeVeaux sessions:
St. Etienne sessions:
- "When Are You Coming Home?"
"Confide in Me", the lead single from the album, became one of Minogue's most successful single releases, reaching number one for four weeks in Australia and number two in the United Kingdom. The slow tempo dance track, written and produced by Brothers in Rhythm, featured Minogue's vocals over layers of strings and drumbeats. It also reached number one in Israel.
The second single "Put Yourself in My Place" reached number eleven in both Australia and the UK. The song featured a popular music video directed by Kier McFarlane. Minogue recreated the opening sequence of the classic Jane Fonda film, "Barbarella" (1968) in the video, performing a slow strip tease.
"Where Is the Feeling?" became the third release and reached number 16 in the UK and number 31 in Australia.
Charts and certification
- Kylie Minogue - lead vocals
- Greg Bone - guitar
- Steve Anderson - piano, producer
- Brothers in Rhythm - producer, arranger
- Dancin' Danny D - producer, remixing
- Gerry DeVeaux - producer, arranger
- Jimmy Harry - producer, arranger
- Pete Heller - producer, engineer
- M People - producer, arranger
- Paul Masterson - producer, remixing
- Ronin - producer, remixing
- Saint Etienne - producer
- Dave Seaman - producer
- John Waddell - producer, arranger
- Justin Warfield - producer, remixing
- Will Malone - string arrangements
- Richard Niles - string arrangements, brass arrangement, orchestral arrangements
- Andy Bradfield - engineer
- Tim Bran - engineer, associate producer
- Ian Catt - engineer
- Doug DeAngelis - engineer, mixing
- Terry Farley - engineer
- Paul West - engineer, mixing
- Gary Wilkinson - engineer
- Paul Wright III - engineer, mixing
- Niall Flynn - assistant engineer, assistant
- Paul Anthony Taylor - programming
- Tom Parker - liner notes, project consultant
- Katie Grand - stylist
- Rankin - photography