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Medellíam
post Sep 19 2019, 12:12 PM
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Today marks 25 years since the release of Kylie's eponymous fifth studio album and first to be released with Deconstruction Records.

Celebrate its silver anniversary by sharing your thoughts and memories below!

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post Sep 19 2019, 12:13 PM
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post Sep 19 2019, 01:33 PM
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Was the original post released from BMG promoting the anniversary?
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post Sep 19 2019, 01:36 PM
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What comes to mind when I think of this album is atmosphere, sophistication and impressive vocals. A finely produced album and one that I'm having difficultly ranking - I'd listen to the first two singles and 'Time Will Pass You By' on their own but otherwise it's an album best appreciated as a whole.

I'd say the downfall of the album would be a lack of, or at least a mismatched, personality. I think there was a lot of focus on making an album so removed from the PWL Kylie in terms of sound and style and Kylie's public image, but in the process they lost some of her character and charm. There's obviously some exceptions - I'd say the three songs I mentioned earlier are songs with the most personality - but it's evident in other songs and I think that makes it hard to believe in what Kylie's singing about, as impressive as they may be sonically.

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Was the original post released from BMG promoting the anniversary?

If you mean the Spotify playlist, that was already uploaded previously. It's the 2003 special edition bonus disc.
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post Sep 19 2019, 02:13 PM
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In hindsight it was a hard album to market, as it was a big change from Kylie and it does have a mismatched personality.
Such a change does take time for people to adjust to and also warm to and the main problem was people did not take to the changes overwhelmingly.

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post Sep 19 2019, 02:18 PM
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The recording sessions for this album can be split between pre and post working with Brothers in Rhythm. Kylie and the record company were unhappy with the initial material for the album so scrapped it all but one song ('Automatic Love'). Brothers in Rhythm, who had remixed 'Finer Feelings' for its single release, got in contact and together 'Confide in Me' was created, which was obviously a resounding success so the creative sessions continued.

I've listed all the songs I know to have been recorded and categorised them by producer:

KM94 1993 sessions

Saint Etienne
Nothing Can Stop Us
When Are You Coming Home?

The Rapino Brothers
Aston Martin
Automatic Love
Difficult By Design
For All I'm Worth
Gotta Move On
Light That I Was Looking For
Living For Your Love
Love is on the Line

KM94 1994 sessions

Brothers in Rhythm
At the End of the Day
Automatic Love (re-produced)
Confide in Me
Dangerous Game
If You Don't Love Me
Love is on the Line (re-produced)
Love is Waiting
Love is Waiting (re-produced)
Where is the Feeling

Gerry DeVeaux
No Turning Back
Surrender

Jimmy Harry
If I Was Your Lover
If I Was Your Lover (re-produced)
Intuition
Put Yourself in My Place
The World Needs Love

M People
Time Will Pass You By

Pete Heller & Terry Farley
Falling (reproduced)
Where Has the Love Gone?

Pet Shop Boys wrote 'Falling' and they sent in their own demo, which is very different to the final version:

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post Sep 19 2019, 02:27 PM
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QUOTE(pippa @ Sep 19 2019, 03:13 PM) *
In hindsight it was a hard album to market, as it was a big change from Kylie and it does have a mismatched personality.
Such a change does take time for people to adjust to and also warm to and the main problem was people did not take to the changes overwhelmingly.

I think there was a sense of Kylie having to build up her fanbase from scratch, given this was such a departure from the sound her PWL fans enjoyed and was a step into the 'credible' music world which some people may have had issue adjusting to, as if Kylie was already tarnished with the 'bubblegum pop' brush and wasn't welcome into the 'accepted' music world.

Obviously the filming for Bio-Dome really affected the album campaign too. I think the album did really well to secure a Gold certification all things considered - perhaps it would have been closer to 200k if the campaign wasn't interrupted?
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post Sep 19 2019, 06:38 PM
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There was a level of Kylie having to build a new fan base on this release which is a very good point.
Not many of her fans pre KM94 crossed over with her at that time.
I would find it interesting to know if the fans she gained on her Light Years return were mainly former fans or just a whole new set of fans in general.
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post Sep 19 2019, 07:02 PM
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Can remember buying this on cassette wow 25 years.

Dangerous Game was always the best track by far for me. Confide In Me has such an electrifying instrumental though I can see why they chose it as the first single.
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post Sep 19 2019, 11:33 PM
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I remember buying the cassette on release day and I've always lived rge cover, maybe more so than the album itself.
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post Sep 20 2019, 01:10 PM
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The cover is extremely slick and captivating.
It is one of her best album covers that oozes sophistication.
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post Sep 20 2019, 08:30 PM
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Very sophisticated I agree and that image worked very well for her.
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post Sep 20 2019, 08:33 PM
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I love the cover too! The suit symbolises her growth and maturity but there's still a sexual and playful side to her. It's a striking pose too, emphasised by the black and white and just her and the title.
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QUOTE(Medellíam @ Sep 20 2019, 09:33 PM) *
I love the cover too! The suit symbolises her growth and maturity but there's still a sexual and playful side to her. It's a striking pose too, emphasised by the black and white and just her and the title.

Def agree with this.
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