Flower (Kylie Minogue song)

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"Flower"
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album The Abbey Road Sessions
Released 25 September 2012
Format
Recorded Abbey Road Studios, London, England
Genre Pop[1]
Length 3:30
Label Parlophone
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Steve Anderson
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Timebomb"
(2012)
"Flower"
(2012)
"On a Night Like This"
(2012)
Music video
"Flower" on YouTube

"Flower" is a song by Australian singer and songwriter Kylie Minogue. The song was originally written by Minogue and Steve Anderson of Brothers in Rhythm for Minogue's tenth studio album X but it didn't make the final cut.[2] However, it was performed in the set list for the KylieX2008 tour.[3]

In 2011, the song was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios for the orchestral compilation album The Abbey Road Sessions. The song was released as the first single from the album on 25 September 2012 by Parlophone Records.[4] The studio version of the song premiered on BBC Radio 2 on 24 September 2012.[5] The song received positive reviews from music critics, with critics enjoying the lyrical message and the production. A music video was shot for the single which premiered on Minogue's website.

Composition[edit]

"Flower" was written by Minogue and Steve Anderson from Brothers in Rhythm for her tenth studio album X (2007). However it didn't make the final cut. Minogue wrote the song in 2007, along with many other songs while she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer.[2] Minogue described the song as "a love song to the child I may or may not ever have."[6] Musically, "Flower" is a pop ballad[1][7] song, which features instrumentation of pianos, violins, drums and an acoustic guitar. The Quietus had declared the song a "dreamy ballad".[8]

Many music critics had felt that the lyrical content deals with Minogue wanting to start a family and start motherhood, as critics felt the lyric "Distant child, my flower. Are you blowing in the breeze? Can you feel me as I breathe life into you? I know one day you'll amaze me" was a strong meaning to motherhood.[9][10]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

"Flower" received generally positive reviews from music critics. PerezHilton.com complimented it as a "pretty track".[11] Vibe had also complimented the songs "stunning lullaby".[12] Sarah Deen from Metro.co.uk was very positive towards the song, saying "The song [Flower] definitely falls into the Kylie Minogue love songs category, with its wistful lyrics comparing a loved one to a gentle breeze."[1] Herald Sun had called the song a "romantic ballad".[13] Bradley Stern from Muumuse said "It’s gorgeous, and as I’ve said before, Kylie’s most vulnerable moment in years."[14] He also noted that due to its low-promoted release, he said the song is "all strictly for the fans of course, but beautiful nonetheless."[14] Jared from AllureofSound was very positive, awarding it 5 out of 5 stars and said "[Flower] is without a doubt one of Kylie’s greatest moments. The gorgeous vocal delivery on the track is perfectly complimented by the lush production."[15]

However, Hitfix were more scathing towards the song, calling it "awful". Katie Hasty from HitFix was reviewing both "Flower" and her soundtrack song "Who We Are" and continued saying "Flower" only seems to refer exclusively to the late-1990s [...] Part of my attraction to her work in Holy Motors is the mix of lush arrangements and that girlish, sultry voice of hers. Maybe it's a good sign for her orchestral Abbey Road Sessions. But then again, previously unreleased "Flower" is on there, too. Quick, key change!"[7]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, "Flower" was ruled ineligible to chart on the UK Singles Chart. This is because the song was served as a free download when the public pre-ordered The Abbey Road Sessions, and the inclusion criteria insists that song's can eligible to chart if its served as a digital download and CD single.[16] However, when The Abbey Road Sessions was released, the song charted at number ninety-six on 4 November 2012. The song peaked at number thirty-one and thirty seven on the Ultratip Belgium Singles Chart (both Flanders and Wallonia). The song debuted at fifty-one on the Netherlands' singles chart.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Kylie Minogue herself, she stated "I wanted to direct the video as I have always known how I wanted to illustrate the song."[17] The music video was shot in Cornwall, England on 12 August 2012 and filmed in black and white. It featured Minogue lying on a chair with only a long white sheet covering her while looking through a mirror, Walking along a beach, wandering through woods and fields, walking along a tree trunk, playing on a swing, lying and sitting in a meadow of flowers and lying in a pool. Minogue wore a long, sheer white dress for the music video.

It was released on 25 September 2012 on YouTube as part of Minogue's 'K25' celebrations where her Twitter followers had to unlock the video by tweeting the hashtag '#KylieFlower' 25,000 times. In three days, the video got more than 1 million views on YouTube.[18]

DailyMail gave it a positive review stating "Kylie Minogue may be 44-years-old, but she's proved that she can still compete in the steamy video stakes with her younger pop star rivals."[19] Bild noticed the similarities to the music video of "Where the Wild Roses Grow".[20]

Live performances[edit]

"Flower" was originally heard and performed in the set list for the KylieX2008 Tour, followed by a ballad version of the song, "I Believe in You", and then featured on the live DVD. In September 2012, Minogue performed the song on BBC Proms in the Park.[21]

Formats and track listings[edit]

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

CD single[22]

  1. "Flower"
  2. "Flower" (Instrumental)

7" picture disc

  1. "Flower"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[23] 21
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[24] 37
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[25] 51
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 96

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
Worldwide 25 September 2012 Digital download
United Kingdom 12 November 2012 CD
7" vinyl

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c By Sarah Deen - 25 September 2012 Kylie Minogue blooms in raunchy new Flower video www.metro.co.uk.
  2. ^ a b Robbie Daw (25 September 2012). "Kylie Minogue's Flower Video". Idolator. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  3. ^ McGuire, Aaron (2008-05-07). "The Entertainment Fanatic: KYLIEX2008 Set List Confirmed". The-entertainment-fanatic.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  4. ^ "Kylie Minogue to release new single 'Flower' in September - Music News - Digital Spy". Digital Spy. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Lewis Corner (24 September 2012). "Kylie Minogue unveils new song 'Flower' - listen". Digital Spy. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Cameron Adams (29 September 2012). "Kylie Minogue's new single Flower from album The Abbey Road Sessions is about having a child". News.com.au. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b By Katie Hasty TUESDAY, SEP 25, 2012 5:58 PM Kylie Minogue: In awesome 'Holy Motors' and awful 'Flower'. www.hitfix.com.
  8. ^ http://thequietus.com/articles/10151-watch-kylie-minogue-flower-the-abbey-road-sessions
  9. ^ News Limited Network 26 September 2012 3:15AM In full bloom: Kylie Minogue strips off for steamy Flower video. www.news.co.au.
  10. ^ Kylie Minogue is blooming lovely as she goes naked in Flower video. www.thesun.co.uk.
  11. ^ Kylie Minogue Opens Her Flower In New Video! WATCH HERE!! | PerezHilton.com. Retrieved on 26 September 2012.
  12. ^ http://www.vibe.com/node/114041
  13. ^ Cameron Adams, National Music Writer From: News Limited Network 29 September 2012 12:00AM Kylie Minogue's new single Flower from album The Abbey Road Sessions is about having a child.
  14. ^ a b http://www.muumuse.com/2012/09/kylie-minogue-reveals-septembers-k25-surprise-flower.html/
  15. ^ http://www.allureofsound.com/?p=33866
  16. ^ My Monumental Icons. October, 2012.
  17. ^ "Kylie Minogue Directs Pop Video". Contact music. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Kylie Minogue - Flower - YouTube". Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Kylie Minogue gets raunchier with age... as she strips off for steamy pop video Flower". Daily Mail. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  20. ^ "Kylie Minogue: Video-Premiere von Flower". Bild.de. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "BBC News- Kylie Minogue to headline Proms in the Park concert". BBC News. 27 Apr 2012. 
  22. ^ "Kylie Minogue - Flower CD + 7" Bundle". EMI Music. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  23. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kylie Minogue – Flower" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  24. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kylie Minogue – Flower" (in French). Ultratip.
  25. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kylie Minogue – Flower" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  26. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.

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