Kylie Minogue

low-key obsessed with Kylie's dalliance with red hair in the mid 90s.


It suited her so well.
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I remember that time so well, she lost her biggest selling point, her likability. She was trying so hard to be cool and credible and it didn’t marry up with the smiley Kylie we’d all fallen in love with.

I also don’t think the music did her any favours. I personally love the Decon era but it’s completely uncommercial, no thought for singles and album campaigns that actually resonate with the public.
 
All artists need to evolve else things become tired and creativity dies. After signing with deConstruction Kylie wanted to venture as far away from her PWL style as possible, she wanted to be rebellious and provocative stylistically and she achieved it. We never would've got the full pop celebration of Light Years and everything afterward had she not dipped her toes in that world.
 
I remember that time so well, she lost her biggest selling point, her likability. She was trying so hard to be cool and credible and it didn’t marry up with the smiley Kylie we’d all fallen in love with. I think her age and maturity, the bubble gum pop she was desperately trying to move away from, the Madonna comparisons - the nasty campaign from Virgin radio, it all took its toll on her and she just didn’t come across well. Then along came Spinning Around and the world was back on its axis!!
Tbh the Kylie era I enjoyed first was the Decon/Indie Kylie years but until recently never bought much of it.
Spinning Around and then the magnificence of Fever were the points I really paid attention again
 
Would have been interesting if Kylie had her way and 'Limbo' was the lead single from Impossible Princess.

It would have flopped. I love the song though.

They should have used Breathe, Cowboy Style, Dreams as blueprints for how Impossible Princess should have sounded.

I love the album as it stands but no one except a small group of Kylie fans would buy it. But I’m sure Kylie didn’t sign with Decon for hits. And there’s a reason why Decon went out of business. They had just a handful of hits but would spend so much money.
 
Yet Impossible Princess is Kylie at her most creative and the album where she is producing her most as an artist. It is an artists album and not so much a commercial album. Which is why there are no "obvious singles".
However that's why this album is my personal fav of hers. Properly out of the comfort zone and demonstrating exactly what she could do as an artist. Off course there has to be some form of commerciallisation yet I don't think that was the brief of this record.
I love it and in some ways every song could have been a single.
Even the bonus' of this era are great.
The epic Take Me With You. The drama of Love Takes Over Me and the simply stunning This Girl. Even Stay This Way (not strictly an IP track) is one of her best vocals.
I have nothing but praise for this era!
 
Yet Impossible Princess is Kylie at her most creative and the album where she is producing her most as an artist. It is an artists album and not so much a commercial album. Which is why there are no "obvious singles".
However that's why this album is my personal fav of hers. Properly out of the comfort zone and demonstrating exactly what she could do as an artist. Off course there has to be some form of commerciallisation yet I don't think that was the brief of this record.
I love it and in some ways every song could have been a single.
Even the bonus' of this era are great.
The epic Take Me With You. The drama of Love Takes Over Me and the simply stunning This Girl. Even Stay This Way (not strictly an IP track) is one of her best vocals.
I have nothing but praise for this era!
Oh yes, as I said, get why she had to do this album, and I do like alot more than had done in the past now. Two of the last four songs you mentioned, remain top career highlights for sure.
 
Yet Impossible Princess is Kylie at her most creative and the album where she is producing her most as an artist. It is an artists album and not so much a commercial album. Which is why there are no "obvious singles".
However that's why this album is my personal fav of hers. Properly out of the comfort zone and demonstrating exactly what she could do as an artist. Off course there has to be some form of commerciallisation yet I don't think that was the brief of this record.
I love it and in some ways every song could have been a single.
Even the bonus' of this era are great.
The epic Take Me With You. The drama of Love Takes Over Me and the simply stunning This Girl. Even Stay This Way (not strictly an IP track) is one of her best vocals.
I have nothing but praise for this era!

All of this!

It's an album she HAD to make, At that point in time, she could have easily been written into the history books and now be on one of the many 80's nostalgia tours. I don't think she would have been commercially viable if she continued with SAW/pop sound into the late 90's. Of course, Impossible Princess wasn't a commercial venture either, but it did keep people talking, she was still in the public eye, even if it wasn't in the most favourable way for most of 1995-2000.

She had to change her sound, rebel against her past and prove she was a creative force in her own right. And boy did she achieve all of that.

We would not have had the Parlophone era if it wasn't for Impossible Princess. The triumphant return to pop and her embracing her past. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Impossible Princess and Light Years are her best 2 albums. Total opposite sides of the same person. Both deeply personal in very different ways, both absolute masterpieces.

And for this little gay teenager who grew up on Stock Aitken & Waterman, Impossible Princess opened up a whole new musical world of discovery. I wouldn't have discovered Bjork, Garbage, hell even Natalie Imbruglia would have been too 'rock' for me at the time had Impossible Princess not broadened my horizon.
 
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