Kylie Minogue (album)

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Kylie Minogue
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Studio album by Kylie Minogue
Released 19 September 1994
Recorded

1993–1994

Genre
Length 57:12
Label
Producer
Kylie Minogue chronology
Let's Get to It
(1992)Let's Get to It1992
Kylie Minogue
(1994)
Impossible Princess
(1997)Impossible Princess1997
Alternate cover
Canadian edition
Canadian edition
Singles from Kylie Minogue
  1. "Confide in Me"
    Released: 29 August 1994
  2. "Put Yourself in My Place"
    Released: 14 November 1994
  3. "Where Is the Feeling?"
    Released: 10 July 1995

Kylie Minogue (sometimes referred to as Kylie Minogue 1994) is the fifth studio album by Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue, which was first released on 19 September 1994. It was her first collection recorded after leaving the famous PWL 'Hit Factory'. The album was first released by Deconstruction Records/BMG throughout much of the world while in Australia and New Zealand the album was released by Mushroom. Plans for an American release by Imago Records (who issued the lead single there) fell through. With the new deal with her record label, Minogue worked with new producers including Brothers in Rhythm, M People, Farley And Heller, Jimmy Harry and Ronin, among others.

Musically, the album varies many musical genres but stays in the pop music field. The album represented a new change in Minogue's music, working with more new jack swing, jazz, house, techno music, sounds. It became the third studio album by Minogue to contain songs written by her. The main themes of the album concern love, with many of the sub-themes heading towards confession, infidelity, sex and lust. Examples of the themes come from singles "Confide in Me" and "Put Yourself In My Place", both surrounding the theme of love and honesty.

Upon release, Kylie Minogue received favorable reviews from most music critics. Many critics praised the direction of the album, who thought the midtempo songs were pleasing and praised Minogue's vocals and production.[1] Kylie Minogue was a chart success, peaking at number three on the Australian ARIA albums chart in October 1994, and was certified Gold for shipments of 35,000 copies. It was equally successful in the UK, peaking at number four, and was certified Gold for shipments of 100,000 copies. Three singles were released; "Confide in Me", the lead single from the album, became one of Minogue's most successful single releases, reaching number one for five weeks in Australia, number two in the United Kingdom and reaching number one in Israel, as well as charting well across Europe and the US dance charts. The second single, "Put Yourself in My Place", reached number eleven in both Australia and the UK. The song featured a popular music video directed by Kier McFarlane. "Where Is the Feeling?" became the third release and reached number 16 in the UK and number 31 in Australia.

Minogue did not do an initial world tour or headlining tour to support the album and focused promotion on gigs and TV appearances.

Background and development[edit]

Following five successful years working with Stock Aitken Waterman at the PWL label, which had seen Kylie evolve from soap star turned pop star, to an internationally recognised recording artist and style icon, Minogue decided to work with a new team to match her now sophisticated image with a new mature sound. Signing to Deconstruction/BMG in 1993, she set about creating the eponymous album. Her first not yielded by production team Stock Aitken Waterman, it included a variety of new producers and songwriters including Steve Anderson, Dave Seaman and Brothers in Rhythm.[2]

In an attempt to broaden her fan base and extend herself as an artist, Minogue took an active role in planning the album and sought out a diverse group of artists for her to collaborate with. The first recording sessions took place in 1993 and resulted in two songs recorded with Saint Etienne ("Nothing Can Stop Us" and "When Are You Coming Home?") and eight Minogue co-written songs with The Rapino Brothers ("Aston Martin", "For All I’m Worth", "Gotta Move On", "Difficult By Design", "Love Is on the Line", "Light That I Was Looking For", "Living For Your Loving" and "Automatic Love").[2][3]

Deconstruction's A&R office, along with Minogue decided they were heading in the wrong direction which treaded familiar ground, so recording progressed into more experimental fields. These sessions included eight songs with Brothers in Rhythm ("Confide in Me", "Where Is The Feeling?", "Dangerous Game", "If You Don’t Love Me", "Love Is Waiting", "At the End of the Day" with reproduction on "Automatic Love" and "Love Is on the Line"), four with Jimmy Harry ("If I Was Your Lover", "Put Yourself in My Place", "Intuition", "The World Needs Love"), two with singer-songwriter Gerry DeVeaux ("Surrender" and "No Turning Back"), two with Pete Heller and Terry Farley ("Where Has The Love Gone?" and "Falling") and one with M People ("Time Will Pass You By").[4][5] The majority of the album was recorded in studios in and around London and Chippenham, England as well as New York.

Composition[edit]

AllMusic described the album as "still dance-pop, there's atmosphere and style in the songs that wasn't there on Let's Get to It. Definitely the start of the second phase of her career."[6] According to Nick Levine from Digital Spy, "The Singing Budgie stretching her wings and finding she could soar. Kylie Minogue is a sophisticated, stylish dance record that tips its cap – oh-so-elegantly, of course - to everything from midtempo R&B to classic balladry to ambient chill-out to Middle Eastern pop to... erm... M People-produced piano house."[1]

Taking on a more house music vibe, "Where Has the Love Gone?" features an effected keyboard over a nineties club beat. Lyrically, the song tells of Minogue seeking an answer for why her relationship failed. The next song, "Falling", features a dance-pop production with a synthesized and bass-heavy backing while Minogue’s vocals are breathy with large amounts of echo. The song tells of how you can overcome your past and fall in love again. The closing track on the album is "Time Will Pass You By". This track revisits the acid jazz style with a prominent brass section over a rhythmic disco drumbeat. Lyrically, the song is about not taking life for granted and enjoying it to its fullest. For the album's Canadian release, Minogue recorded a franglais version of "Confide in Me", known as "Fie-toi à moi". It was released exclusively on the Canadian edition of the album which features different cover artwork.[7]

Singles[edit]

"Confide in Me", the lead single from the album, became one of Minogue's most successful single releases, reaching number one for five weeks in Australia, number two in the United Kingdom and reaching number one in Israel.[8] The song was accompanied by an infomercial-like video. The slow tempo dance track, written and produced by Brothers in Rhythm, features Minogue's vocals over layers of strings and drumbeats. The second single "Put Yourself in My Place" reached number eleven in both Australia and the UK. The song featured a popular music video directed by Kier McFarlane. Minogue recreated the opening sequence of the classic Jane Fonda film, "Barbarella" (1968) in the video, performing a slow strip tease inside a spacecraft.

The follow-up single to "Put Yourself in My Place" was initially planned to be "If I Was Your Lover". Originally mixed by Jimmy Harry, the track was remixed to give it a more urban appeal. The single was supposed to be released in the US first and then in the UK if the US release was successful. After the record contract for the US fell through, the UK single release was scrapped. Instead, "Where Is the Feeling?" became the third release and reached number 16 in the UK and number 31 in Australia. "Time Will Pass You By" was planned to be the final single from the album and remixes were commissioned; the Paul Masterson Mix being one of them.[9][10] Instead, the collaboration with Nick Cave, "Where the Wild Roses Grow", was released in late 1995.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[6]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[1]

Kylie Minogue had received generally positive reviews from music critics, many praising the slow dance music. Chris True from AllMusic gave it a positive review. He said "Kylie Minogue's fifth album no longer featured the Stock-Aitken-Waterman production gloss and found the diminutive singer working with hip dance producers like David Seaman. From the first notes of the opener "Confide in Me", you know this is not the teen pop queen of old. Kylie Minogue (also note the use of her last name on the cover) wanted to sound grown up, and she pulls it off with ease. While it is still dance-pop, there's atmosphere and style in the songs that wasn't there on Let's Get to It. Definitely the start of the second phase of her career." He had highlighted "Confide in Me", "If I Was Your Lover" and "Automatic Love" as the album picks.[6] Nick Levine from Digital Spy awarded the album four stars out of five. He wrote in his retrospective review;[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

Kylie Minogue debuted at number three in her native Australia and in the United Kingdom at number four; resulting in the album being certified Gold. The album debuted at number thirty-nine on the Swedish Albums Chart.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Kylie Minogue.

Standard edition[13]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Confide in Me" Brothers in Rhythm 5:51
2. "Surrender"
  • DeVeaux
  • John Waddle
  • Tim Bran
4:25
3. "If I Was Your Lover" Jimmy Harry Harry 4:45
4. "Where Is the Feeling?"
  • Wilf Smarties
  • Jayn Hanna
Brothers in Rhythm 6:59
5. "Put Yourself in My Place" Harry Harry 4:54
6. "Dangerous Game"
  • Anderson
  • Seaman
Brothers in Rhythm 5:30
7. "Automatic Love" Brothers in Rhythm 4:45
8. "Where Has the Love Gone?"
  • Alex Palmer
  • Julie Stapleton
7:46
9. "Falling"
  • Heller
  • Farley
6:43
10. "Time Will Pass You By"
  • Dino Fekaris
  • Nick Zesses
  • John Rhys
M People 5:26
Total length: 57:12

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[25] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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