Some Kind of Bliss
|"Some Kind of Bliss"|
|Single by Kylie Minogue|
|from the album Impossible Princess|
|Released||8 September 1997|
|Length||3:50 (radio edit)
4:13 (album version)
|Kylie Minogue singles chronology|
"Some Kind of Bliss" is a song performed by Australian singer Kylie Minogue. The song was written by Minogue, James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore (the singer–guitarist and drummer from the band Manic Street Preachers, respectively) for Minogue's sixth studio album Impossible Princess (1997). Originally, Minogue wanted the first single to be "Limbo", while producer Steve Anderson wanted "Jump" or "Too Far" as the lead single. However, her label DeConstruction released this song as the lead single from the album. Musically, it is an indie rock song that shows a different musical edge to Minogue's discography.
Critically, the song received negative reviews from music commentators after its release, criticizing its poor production and feeling it wasn't up to standards. The song was known as a commercial flop, peaking at twenty-one on the UK Singles Chart, her first to miss the top twenty. DeConstruction's A&R had made a press statement about the single, apologizing for not managing to promote the single. A music video features Dexter Fletcher and was shot in the Desert of Tabernas in Spain. Fletcher plays Minogue's lover, whom she picks up after being released from jail.
While in production with the then-unnamed Impossible Princess, DeConstruction Record's A&R Pete Hadfield fell terribly ill that lasted for a year, which meant all creative production was handled by Minogue and producers Brothers in Rhythm. When he managed to come to some sessions, he was intentionally concerned with the lack of single choices, where he felt the songs written by Minogue were not up to commercial standards. Because of this, a potential January 1997 single release was postponed so producers can make to the album "too perfect". It has been reported that Minogue herself wanted the album track "Limbo" to be released as the lead single from Impossible Princess. Steve Anderson, however felt that the first single should have been either "Too Far" or "Jump" as he believed it was more representative to the album. However Deconstruction Records did not think it would be a suitable single release, so instead issued it as a b-side to the newly decided lead single "Some Kind of Bliss". Minogue did agree that "Some Kind of Bliss", while although not her original choice, was nevertheless a good choice, as she felt it provided an appropriate expectation for the album.
"Some Kind of Bliss" was recorded in 1997. The song was recorded in Mayfair Studios, London, England with the Manic Street Preachers and their long-time producers Dave Eringa. The song was originally written by Minogue until collaborated James Deam Bradfield combined elements from two different sets of Minogue's lyrical content, only to make them more coherent.
"Some Kind of Bliss" is a huge departure from Minogue's trademark disco music. She claimed that due to the diversity of the sounds and lyrics, any single release wouldn't be indicative of the whole album, but that "Some Kind of Bliss" was a good start. Manic Street Preachers had once wanted to work with Minogue on their track "Little Baby Nothing" from the album Generation Terrorists. However, Minogue was busy, so they used Traci Lords instead. Minogue later performed the song live with the group. Nick Levine from Digital Spy compared it with another album track "I Don't Need Anyone" by describing it as Motowny indie. Minogue revealed in the Impossible Princess: Kylie A Ten Year History, she said "And the way this track [Some Kind of Bliss starts, I said to myself 'This is a stone song. This is not a Kylie song'. I could never imagine sounding that way."
It provided Minogue with an edgier sound, with guitars taking the place of the drum machine beats heavily featured on her earlier efforts. Whiling reviewing her 2002 DeConstruction compilation Confide in Me, Chris True stated "Impossible Princess, both of which found her stretching and growing beyond the pop princess image she had previously. Dark, noisy tracks like "Limbo," the trip-hoppy "Jump," and the more rock-oriented "I Don't Need Anyone" and "Some Kind of Bliss" -- both of which were co-written by the Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield -- found her trying on different styles to replace the bubblegum pop of the past."
Initially after the song's release, "Some Kind of Bliss" received negative reviews from most music critics. NME was negative in their parent review for Impossible Princess, and reviewed "Some Kind of Bliss" negatively, stating it was "supremely irritating" and "Kylie belt's out the lyrics like she's reading from an autocue. Any soul is lost in a slurry of bought-in brass and a ropey guitar solo that's be more at home on a Shakin' Stevens record." Conversly, Chris True from Allmusic had selected the song as an album standout. While reviewing the albums 2002 re-release, Michael R. Smith noted that "Some Kind of Bliss 'is a surprisingly strong and straightforward rock song that was much maligned by the British press when it was first released, which called it irritating."
The song was released as the first single in September 1997. The song entered at number twenty-seven on the Australian Singles Chart, where it ultimately peaked. This became Minogue's lowest charting single at the point and survived only six weeks in the chart, becoming her lowest charting lead single until it was surpassed by "Into the Blue" in 2014, which peaked at number forty-six. The song entered and peaked at number forty-six on the New Zealand Singles Chart for a sole week, becoming the lowest charting debut of that week. This became Minogue's lowest charting single in New Zealand after her 1987 US single "It's No Secret". In the United Kingdom, the song entered at number twenty-two on 20 September 1997. This ultimately broke Minogue's consecutive top twenty hits and became her lowest solo single until "Better Than Today", which charted at number thirty-two on 20 November 2011.
Many of the media press and magazine publications had branded the song a "commercial flop" due to poor production and promotion. The record label's A&R Pete Bradfield released a statement of the song, blaming himself for not being in control of the promotion: "I loved her voice, got on with her and I am embarrassed that I failed her." Tom Parker had observed that many critics had slated the song due to Minogue's approach to obtain lyrical and production credibility, which was overshadowed in whole.
The music video features Dexter Fletcher and was shot in the Desert of Tabernas in Spain. Fletcher plays Minogue's lover, who she picks up being released from jail. They formulate a plan to steal from various businesses, firstly by pulling into a filling station and Kylie filling up the car wearing a very revealing outfit. When Dexter goes to pay she smiles suggestively to distract the cashier while Fletcher's character gets the money. The exploits culminate in a plan to rob a bank - Fletcher goes into the bank with Kylie waiting outside as the decoy. However, she sees the police arriving to catch Dexter and jumps in the car and speeds away. In certain versions of the video, flashbacks to happier times are seen when she was with Fletcher, before we see her crying after his initial arrest. Because of the odd combination of flashback, present and future shots it is difficult to understand the narrative upon first view. The video is included in Australian budget release Greatest Hits 87-98 DVD.
Formats and track listings
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Some Kind of Bliss".
- Regular Album Version (4:13)
- Radio Edit (3:50)
- Original Australian Album Version (4:08)
- Quivver Mix (8:39)
Minogue performed the song on the Intimate and Live Tour.
Credits and personnel
The following people contributed to "Some Kind of Bliss:
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||27|
|Eurochart Hot 100 Singles||24|
|Estonian Singles Chart||15|
|Greek International Singles Chart||7|
|Hungarian Singles Chart||3|
|Italian Singles Chart||17|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||46|
|Russian Singles Chart||20|
|Slovenian Singles Chart||36|
|UK Singles Chart||22|
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