Kylie Minogue (1994)
Kylie Minogue (1994)
After her departure from PWL with a greatest hits package and one final single, a cover of Kool and The Gang's 'Celecbration', the mid-nineties brought the signing of Kylie to Deconstruction Records and with the new label came new music. Working with Brothers In Rhythm and M People, the sound of the album swayed across many different genres but stuck in the pop area. Even from the album cover, Kylie is past the bubblegum pop for now - and experimenting with lyrical contect in not only love, but also sex, lust and confessions. While this album wasn't her most successful it did debut at #3 on Australian music charts. Lead single 'Confide In Me' peaked at #1 in Australia. Kylie was back and in full force mature pop mode. Many critics call this one of her key re-invention points, something she would eventually be known for. It was the perfect combination of pop and indie, with Middle Eastern influences in the strings. Second single 'Put Yourself In My Place', a ballad discussing a breakup and moving on, uses elements of trip-hop. Its stunning composition means it remains another fan favourite, and the video made for the song is one of the best she's ever done, being inspired loosely by Barbarella. 'Where Is The Feeling?' served as the final single from the period, and using a completely different composition from the album version, the BIR Dolphin Mix transformed it into a dark, spoken club track. BIR's Bish Bosh Mix used a few more elements from the original track and was a lighter mix that used her singing vocals, and was the version performed on any TV performances at the time. The intro of this mix is unmistakably similar to 2001 Fever track Dancefloor. The album itself often takes a while to grow on new fans - but it is always realised to be one of her best. With intricate and lengthy compositions, this album has to be the most experimental album she's ever done. And it was executed amazingly.
LOVE IS WAITING (9/10)
This little bop was pushed to a Japanese bonus track position on the album, but this little dance track never fails to make me get out of my seat. The lyrical quality is quite good for the track, and the little bursts of guitar at the end of some bars completes the track. It is also to be noted the piano intro is very reminiscent of the melody of 1991 track Right Here, Right Now. Horns, piano, a choir and Minogue's super strong voice - what more could you ask for?
NOTHING CAN STOP US (8/10)
Originally a St Ettiene track (they also produced this version), this song is so groovy, and Kylie's spoken words over her long notes in the background paired with violins is just perfection. This song may be a little uptempo but it's instrumentation is super relaxing. Another Japanese bonus track and B-side to Confide In Me, this gorgeous little track is not one in her discography to be missed.
IF YOU DON'T LOVE ME (9/10)
A track that's solely piano and Kylie's raw, echoing vocals. A heartfelt cover of Prefab Sprout's song, this beautiful track showcases Kylie's high range. It is said to be Kylie's tour manager Seany's favourite, and while he was injured right before the Aphrodite Les Folies Tour, she decided to add this to the setlist in honour of his recovery. When she sang it to the crowd... the whole room stood in silence and soaked in her stunning vocal ability and the stunning lyrics. This track is beautiful, personal and emotional. Amazing.
DIFFICULT BY DESIGN (9/10)
This could have easily been a 90s club hit. The uptempo beat, bass and piano, with Minogue's fierce vocals make this a potential hit. It's very underrated and I've rarely seen another fan talk about it. The lyrics are lovely, and the oooohs through the track match it well. Another track no one should miss in her discography!
will be adding more tracks later - I'm going out
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