Kylie Minogue ‎– Impossible Princess

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Originally titled Impossible Princess, Kylie's 6th studio album was later renamed simply Kylie Minogue, particularly for the UK market in light of the death of Princess Diana 2 months before release. This was her second self-titled album. 3rd if you include debut Kylie.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
KYLIE 1 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(CD, Album, Promo) Deconstruction KYLIE 1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
74321 517272 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(CD, Album) Deconstruction 74321 517272 Hong Kong 1997 Sell This Version
CDRCA(WF)7009 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(CD, Album) Deconstruction CDRCA(WF)7009 South Africa 1997 Sell This Version
Bliss 1, BVCP-6068 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(CD, Single, Promo + Cass, Album, Promo + Pro) Deconstruction, Deconstruction Bliss 1, BVCP-6068 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
MUSH33049.4 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(Cass, Album) Mushroom MUSH33049.4 Australia 1997 Sell This Version
BVCP-6068, 74321-51784-2 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue (インポシブル・プリンセス)(CD, Album, Ltd) Deconstruction, BMG, Deconstruction, BMG BVCP-6068, 74321-51784-2 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
BVCP-6068 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue (インポシブル・プリンセス)(CD, Album, Promo, 1st) Deconstruction, BMG BVCP-6068 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
BVCP-6068 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue / Impossible Princess(CD, Album) Deconstruction, BMG BVCP-6068 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
BVCP-6068 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue / Impossible Princess(CD, Album, Promo) BMG, Deconstruction BVCP-6068 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
74321 517274 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(Cass, Album) Deconstruction 74321 517274 Poland 1997 Sell This Version
74321 517274 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(Cass, Album) Deconstruction 74321 517274 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
82876 59592 4 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(Cass, Album) BMG 82876 59592 4 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
74321 517272 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(CD, Album) Deconstruction, Dance Net, BMG España 74321 517272 Spain 1998 Sell This Version
MUSH33069.2 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(CD, Album) Mushroom MUSH33069.2 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
MUSH33069.2 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(CD, Album, Len) Mushroom MUSH33069.2 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
MUSH33069.2 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(CD, Album, Len) Mushroom MUSH33069.2 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
74321 517274 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(Cass, Album) Deconstruction 74321 517274 Turkey 1998 Sell This Version
BMG 8940 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(Cass, Album) BMG Entertainment BMG 8940 Indonesia 1998 Sell This Version
74321 517272 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(CD, Album) Deconstruction 74321 517272 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
74321 517272 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(CD, Album) Deconstruction 74321 517272 Middle East 1998 Sell This Version
BMGRD 1388 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(CD, Album) BMG (Han Kook) Music Co., Ltd. BMGRD 1388 South Korea 1998 Sell This Version
74321 517272 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(CD, Album, Ltd) Deconstruction, BMG 74321 517272 UK 1998 Sell This Version
74321 517272 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(CD, Album, Ltd) BMG Taiwan, Deconstruction 74321 517272 Taiwan 1998 Sell This Version
Kylie 1, 74321 517272 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(CD, Album, Promo) Deconstruction, Deconstruction Kylie 1, 74321 517272 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
74321 517274 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(Cass, Album) Deconstruction 74321 517274 UK 1998 Sell This Version
74321 517274 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(Cass, Album) BMG Music (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, BMG Music Singapore Pte Ltd 74321 517274 Malaysia 1998 Sell This Version
337322 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(2xCD, Album, RM, S/Edition) Festival Mushroom Records 337322 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
BVCM-37437 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(CD, Album, RE) Deconstruction, BMG BVCM-37437 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
82876 511152, 82876511152 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + S/Edition, Dis) BMG UK & Ireland, BMG UK & Ireland 82876 511152, 82876511152 UK & Ireland 2003 Sell This Version
82876 511152, 82876511152 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(CD, Album, RM + CD, RM + RE, RP, S/Edition, Son) BMG UK & Ireland, BMG UK & Ireland 82876 511152, 82876511152 UK & Ireland 2005 Sell This Version
74321 517272 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(LP, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) Deconstruction 74321 517272 UK & US 2018 Sell This Version
82876 511152, 82876511152 Kylie Minogue Impossible Princess(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + RP, S/Edition, Son) BMG UK & Ireland, BMG UK & Ireland 82876 511152, 82876511152 UK & Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
none Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue '98(12xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Deconstruction, BMG none Unknown
82876 59592 2 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(CD, Album, RE) BMG Russia 82876 59592 2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
74321 517272 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(CD, Album, RP) Deconstruction 74321 517272 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
74321 517272 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue(CD, Album, Unofficial) Deconstruction (2), BMG (2) 74321 517272 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
74321 517272 Kylie Minogue Too Far(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Kylie Minogue) 74321 517272 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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IanPhillips1979

May 9, 2016
referencing Kylie Minogue, CD, Album, Promo, Kylie 1, 74321 517272

Wow! This was a long, long way from the likes of Kylie's PWL days churning out squeaky-clean pop like 'I Should Be So Lucky'. In fact listening to 'Impossible Princess' you'd be hard-pressed to realise this is actually the same artist. After Kylie fled the PWL label in 1992, she signed to Deconstruction, which saw her grow and mature as an artist. Suddenly the critics sat up and took notice, including all of those that had previously shunned her as just a mere product of the Stock, Aiken & Waterman hit-making machine. Her eponymous 1994 studio album gained quite a lot of critical praise, many noticing how considerably Kylie had developed her singing style.

In between her next studio album, she gained further accolades from the serious music press by duetting with Nick Cave on the macabre 'Where The Wild Roses Grow', a morbid number in which Kylie plays Cave's victim after he caves her head in. A huge commercial success to boot, it did leave some wondering where Kylie was heading to next. Well, she went on further experimenting, collaborating with the likes of the Manic Street Preachers, Rob Dougan and Brothers In Rhythm, all credible and highly revered producers. This culminated in the album 'Impossible Princess' and it was clear it was a project where she was making some kind of statement. Gone were the happy-go-lucky lyrics and bubbly vocals from Kylie, replaced with a dark, edgy, angry, even paranoid persona. Does it work? A big YES! BUT, I will admit, when it first came out and like so many others I didn't like it. My bad! I guess, like many other fans, it was so drastically different from anything she had done before that I just didn't quite know what to make of it. NOW, though, I consider this a highlight in her career.

Although considered a relative failure in commercial terms (by her high standards that is), this is easily her most artistic, diverse and adventurous album. Sadly, it seemed she wasn't quite able to shake off the image people had of her as the smiling girl-next-door, pop-dance princess, and thus wasn't taken too seriously (NME magazine calling her a "fraud"). Thankfully though, critical revisionism has seen this album receiving the wide accolades it really deserved at the time. It is now often labeled as a "forgotten classic".

Although this phase in her career is often referred to as "Indie Kylie", I think that is actually not a fair or true representation of this album. It covers an amalgamation of various styles, including trip-hop, trance, rock and much more. Stand outs for me include the opening number 'Too Far', which is ethereal in tone, intense, almost agraphobic. Frenetic in tone, Kylie's opening sullen, pent-up spoken passage is accompanied by creepy horror movie piano and sweeping cello before kicking in to the haunting chorus backed by a dark, thumping techno arrangement. This would have made the ideal single release.
Instead, the single's premier single was the indie-oriented 'Some Kind Of Bliss', which jumped on the Britpop bandwagon of the time and was met with instantly scathing reviews from critics. A blistering rock track with soaring strings. Kylie's almost unrecognisable here, hence why it may have charted disappointingly. Yet, strangely, this has held the test of time very well and is one that has grown on me in the ensuing years.

'Did It Again' became the second single and was a fairly vicious number, co-written by Brothers In Rhythm, which sees Kylie's vocals entwined with tinkling sitar and aggressive electric guitar work. The violent, slamming 'Through The Years' encapsulates a trip-hop flavour and Kylie delivering a frustrated, tortuous performance which proves highly effective, while a breezy highlight has to be the frothy 'I Don't Need Anyone', which, in spite, of its sombre, depressed lyrics, is quite jolly in spirit.

The angst-ridden 'Jump', is beautifully dramatic while the ethereal 'Breathe', (another single) is excellent and one of the most commercially-slanted of the album. 'Drunk' is another doom-ridden song, the lyrics quite contradictory, while 'Limbo' packs a wallop and serves as another highlight, Kylie's despairing cutting through the track. The electric fiddle adds to the mayhem in the immensely catchy 'Cowboy Style' and the climatic track 'Dreams' feature lots of eerie-sounding strings, booming bass, crashing drums which create a swirling cinematic fairytale and Kylie at her most outspoken. This is not your ordinary Kylie!

Excellence all the way and wouldn't mind seeing Kylie do another album like this. Now it's nearly twenty years old, 'Impossible Princess' has aged remarkably well, probably more than any other album that she recorded in the 1990s. It was interesting side-step in her career and such a shame that it was savaged by critics at the time, but it's certainly grown in reputation. The poor sales of this album led Kylie being dropped from the Deconstruction label, but it was all a blessing in disguise as when she returned to her previous incarnation of catchy dance-pop, she'd enjoy the biggest period of her career. This album, though, does not deserve to be dismissed by any means.

Ian Phillips