On the 22nd October 1997, an unsuspecting Japan, was given the honour of being the first country in the world to get the chance to buy and listen to Australian Pop Queen's latest LP, Impossible Princess. The fact that at this stage it was released in Japan only, would perhaps be early signs that this era was going to be challenging to say the very least..... Out of all her studio album's in Kylie's long and damn right splendid career, it this her 6th studio album, that continues to often split, divide and tantalize her fanbase down the middle. There has never been a Kylie album like Impossible Princess before or since. The very fact of that, thus gives this such record particular notice when exploring the KM music canon. 1997/98, would see alot of music's iconic female artists, go shall we say "all serious", and unleash their most frank, intimate, honest, at times angry and above all, personal works yet. There was Mariah, then Janet, Madonna was some months to come, and in the middle, was our Kylie.... The long and challenging journey of Impossible Princess, can be traced back to late 1995, where two occurrences began to inspire Kylie for her new material. 1 being the unexpected success of her left field duet with Aussie Rock Goth God Nick Cave, Where The Wild Roses Grow, which took near enough everyone by surprise. The other, being Kylie's new relationship with acclaimed French photographer Stéphane Sednaoui. The two events would have a huge impact on Kylie, and would cause her to come up with her most creative and involved album to date. Indeed, all of the 12 (13 in Japan) tracks have a Minogue writing credit to their name, and although she had song-wrote before, as the lady herself would say " They were just safe, nicely rhymed words". Indeed, the work on Impossible Princess, is asfar removed from the likes of One Boy Girl you could possibly get! Written and recorded over 2 years, (imagine Popjustice back in the day for the wait!), the album was by her her longest time spent on any project since her Charlene days. Originally intended for a worldwide January 1997 release, label worries about it's commercial appeal and then the tragic untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales, would ultimately see the album get well delayed beyond it's target release. It was January and March 1998 respectively, by which Kyle's two biggest markets Australia and the UK would finally get their hands on the record, with what with Diana's death still having a huge impact in the UK, it was served under the title of just Kylie Minogue-the very same as her last release. The contrast of the album on both sides of the globe was vastly different. In her home country, Impossible Princess would reach #4 and become her longest charting album ever up to that point. In the UK, it just made to #10, and fell of the charts after just 4 weeks. In the end, there is no denying that Impossible Princess had it's fair share of problems to deal with. But just like the lady herself, it has managed to weather the storm, and for many including those critics who disliked the album at the time, it has become their personal favourite and KM's greatest achievement. As we all look to a new KM era just around the corner, the legacy of Impossible Princess upon it's 20th anniversary is still very much felt in how many fans hope her new work can be. For that alone, it is the perhaps the biggest Kylie Minogue success story of them all.