Breathe (Kylie Minogue song)

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"Breathe"
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Impossible Princess
Released February 1998
Format
Recorded London, England
Genre Trip hop , techno
Length 3:39 (radio edit)
4:36 (album version)
Label Deconstruction
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Dave Ball
  • Ingo Vauk
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Did It Again"
(1997)
"Breathe"
(1998)
"Cowboy Style"
(1998)
Music video
"Breathe" on YouTube

"Breathe" is a song by Australian recording artist and songwriter Kylie Minogue, for her sixth studio album Impossible Princess (1997). The single was written by Minogue, Dave Ball and Ingo Vauk and produced by them. It was taken as the last commercial single by her then record label Deconstruction Records until she parted with the record label. The song is an electronic song that comprises musical elements of dance-pop and trip-hop. Many critics noted the songs subtle theme whilst the lyrical content talks about the theme of contemplation and resolving it. In late 1997, Minogue flew to Chicago, USA to record new vocals with revered DJ/producer Todd Terry, which would be used for Terry's remixes of the song.

The song received positive commentary from music critics, who praised the subtle production and felt it was too underrated and should have been more commercialized. Minogue's vocals and writing was also commended from critics. The song achieved moderate success, where it peaked at number twenty-three in Australia and fourteen in the United Kingdom. An accompanying music video was directed for the single, featuring Minogue in an airspace of spiralling effects, as she floats through the atmosphere. For the radio/video version, the song was digitally sped up and ran at a much faster tempo. Minogue had performed the song on only one tour, which was her Intimate and Live Tour, along with appearances on Top of the Pops, Live & Kicking and a TV appearance on the National Lottery show.

Background[edit]

The song was released as the last commercial single worldwide by her record label Deconstruction Records. It was written by Minogue, Dave Ball and Ingo Vauk and produced by them as well as writing.[1] A music video was produced for the single, featuring Minogue in an airspace of spiralling effects, as she floats through the atmosphere. For the radio/video version, the song was digitally sped up and ran at a much faster tempo. In late 1997, Minogue flew to Chicago, USA to record new vocals with revered DJ/producer Todd Terry, which would be used for Terry's remixes of the song (which featured on the single's various formats.) In 2011, Minogue sang an acoustic version while on her 2011 tour Aphrodite World Tour.[2] In 2012, the orchestral version of the song didn't make the tracklist of The Abbey Road Sessions but the song was eventually uploaded on Minogue's official YouTube account.[3]

Composition[edit]

"Breathe" is an electronica inspired song. Nick Levine from Digital Spy said that along with album track "Say Hey" are elegant electronica tracks.[4] According to Tom Parker, "Breathe" is a seductive electronic groove, with a hypnotic subtety and timelessness befitting the theme inward contemplating and resolve.[5] Structure-wise, the song is set in the key of B. Minogue's vocals span from B note to A note while singng through the chorus and verses, while the bridge of the song is sung in a higher E note.[6] Richard Croft examined the song and said that "The soft, pulsating, slow-motion beats and quiet vocals of ‘Breathe’ couldn’t be further away from Kylie’s PWL days. Possibly the best example of her full-on flirtation with electronica, this is one of her least pop-sounding moments ever. And yet it still retains that Kylie character, has a keen sense of melody and the lyrics and production never suffer or try to be something they’re not."[7] Larry Flick from Billboard said that "Breathe" is a user-friendly jam and is largely due to its big-beat electronic groove and ear-tickling pop chorus.[8]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon the singles release, "Breathe" received positive commentary among music critics. Michael R. Smith from Daily Vault said along with "Did It Again"; "“Did It Again” and “Breathe” are most notable for the videos that went along with them and are fair representations of the album at large (which should be the purpose of singles), though there are many more undiscovered gems here."[9] Nick Levine from Digital Spy had selected the song as the albums best track by writing "Truth be told, this album lacks an absolute classic to match 'Confide In Me', but 'Breathe' – subtle but sneakily catchy with it – could be one of Min's most underrated singles."[4] While reviewing the 2004 compilation Ultimate Kylie, Jaime Gill from Yahoo! Music praised the DeConstruction era by writing "If you doubt the fanbase observation, witness the famously fallow deConstruction years. Beginning in 1994 with the gorgeously glacial, slinkily synthetic "Confide In Me", Kylie enjoyed brief success before fans fled in droves from awkward faux-rock like "Some Kind Of Bliss" (not included) and flimsy house like "Breathe"."[10] While review the 2000 compilation Hits+, Mackenzie Wilson was positive towards Minogue's seductive vocals on "Breathe", "Automatic Love" and "Confide in Me".[11] Chris True from Allmusic selected the song as an album standout on her Greatest Hits 87-97 compilation album. Richard Croft said "‘Breathe’ is pretty bloody good, no matter which way you look at it or hear it. A very important part of my favourite Kylie album."[7]

Jason Lipshutz from Billboard had listed 'Kylie Minogue Primer: The Top 10 Past Hits You Need To Know' and listed "Breathe" at number four, stating "Breathe" is the obvious standout, sounding almost like a Nine Inch Nails throwaway in its opening seconds and morphing into a silky, sexy defense of Minogue's experimental side.[12] A reviewer from the publication TheBacklot put "Breathe" at number 14 on their "Kylie Minogue’s 50 Best Songs, In Honor Of Her Birthday" and said "“Breathe” would be a meditative masterpiece if it weren’t so confrontational, deadpan, and sexually domineering. Impossible Princess’ unassuming heartstopper trips into unexpected carnality in its choruses, assuring you “It won’t be long now” as you try to time your hyperventilation."[13]

Commercial response[edit]

In February 1998, "Breathe" was released in the United Kingdom. The song became Minogue's twenty-eighth consecutive top forty single when it debuted at number fourteen on the singles chart, and spent a total of four weeks in the top seventy-five. In Australia, the song was released as the third out of four singles, the other being an Australian-only single "Cowboy Style". The song debuted at number twenty-three, the highest entry of the week end 26 April 1998.[14] The song stayed inside the top forty for ten weeks and survived a total of thirteen weeks, dropping at number forty-eight on its final weekend of 19 July 1998.[15] Despite a lower position, it became one of Minogue's longest charting singles in Australia. In other countries, the single performed mildly. It reached number one on the Israeli Singles Chart and number three on the Russian Airplay Singles Chart.[16]

Music video[edit]

An accompanying music video was directed for the single, featuring Minogue in an airspace of spiralling effects, as she floats through the atmosphere. For the radio/video version, the song was digitally sped up and ran at a much faster tempo. One of the shots of the video was used as the album cover for her 2002 compilation Confide in Me.

Live performances[edit]

During the Intimate and Live tour in 1998, "Breathe" was performed during the show's first act. The performance was part of the concert realized in the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, Australia, which was recorded and released in CD and DVD.[17][18] "Breathe" was later performed by Minogue on Money Can't Buy, a one-off concert show held on 15 November 2003 at Hammersmith Apollo, London, to promote her ninth studio album Body Language. The "Bardello" act of the concert commenced with a mashup of "Breathe" and "Je t'aime... moi non plus", a 1969 French duet between Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin.[19] Craig McLean from the Daily Telegraph described the backup dancers during this segment as "Tour de France cyclists moonlighting as Moulin Rouge hostesses."[20] The performance was later added to Minogue's Body Language Live DVD from the concert.[21]

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Breathe".

  • "CD Single #1"
  1. "Breathe" (Radio edit) — 3:39
  2. "Breathe" (Tee's Freeze mix) — 6:59
  3. "Breathe" (Nalin & Kane remix) — 10:11
  4. "Breathe" (Album mix) — 4:38
  • "CD Single #2"
  1. "Breathe" (Radio edit) — 3:39
  2. "Breathe" (Sash! Club mix) — 5:20
  3. "Breathe" (Tee's Radio edit) — 3:29
  4. "Did It Again" music video — 4:15
  • "Cassette tape"
  1. "Breathe" (Radio edit) — 3:39
  2. "Breathe" (Sash! Club mix edit) — 3:43

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[22] 23|-
Greek International Singles Chart[23] 9
Spanish Singles Chart[23] 13
UK Singles Chart[24] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Breathe". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Kylie Minogue - Breathe (Acoustic Performance)". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  3. ^ "Kylie Minogue - Breathe 2012 - Recording at Abbey Road". Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Digital Spy review.
  5. ^ Impossible Princess; Special Edition liner notes.
  6. ^ Breathe Chords - Kylie Minogue. www.e-chords.com.
  7. ^ a b 393. Kylie Minogue – ‘Breathe’ (1997).
  8. ^ http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=ug4EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA18&pg=PA18&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false
  9. ^ Daily Vault Review.
  10. ^ Yahoo! Music review.
  11. ^ Hits+ Review.
  12. ^ Kylie Minogue Primer: The Top 10 Past Hits You Need To Know | Billboard Magazine.
  13. ^ http://www.thebacklot.com/kylie-minogues-50-best-songs-in-honor-of-her-birthday/05/2013/3/
  14. ^ Breathe | 26 April 1998.
  15. ^ Breathe chart portal | 19 July 1998.
  16. ^ http://kylie-unlimited.com/en/interact/k25-album-overview/impossible-princess/
  17. ^ Intimate and Live (Live album liner notes). Kylie Minogue. Parlophone. 1998. 
  18. ^ Kylie Minogue (2002). Intimate and Live (DVD). Warner Vision. 
  19. ^ "Kylie – Money Can't Buy". Steve Anderson Productions. Archived from the original on 30 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  20. ^ McLean, Craig (17 November 2003). "A real tour de force". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "Body Language Live". Kylie.com. Parlophone. Archived from the original on 27 February 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  22. ^ Steffen Hung. "Kylie Minogue - Breathe". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  23. ^ a b "Slovenian Kylie Site - Breathe". SloKylie.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  24. ^ "Kylie Minogue - Breathe". Chart Stats. 1998-03-21. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 

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