Kylie Minogue
Impossible Princess


4.0
excellent

Review

by BSX USER (9 Reviews)
July 17th, 2009 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kylie let’s her creative side shine through

Style: Pop/Alternative

Putting an end to her 2 year wait of new material, while experimenting with different music genres, Kylie truly shows that she is an artist. Impossible Princess was a big leap in the music realm for her mostly pop/dance standards. Taking her to the worlds of trip-hop, trance, and alternative this is record is something you would expect Bjork to make.

Too Far is quite possibly one of the best songs not only on the record, but of her entire catalogue. Kylie’s spit-fire delivery during the verse while her vocals ranges from haunting whispers to cries for help, [b]Cowboy Style[b] a funky western jam that might possibly get country fans to do a line dance, this is the mother to Madonna’s Don’t Tell Me. Kylie’s creativity to mix her style with a genre that can be a put off to the masses is a surprise and one of the albums highlights. Some Kind of Bliss is one of the more pop-rock songs that could have been part of her earlier work. This gem breaks up the dominance of the sleepy trance vibe to a more upbeat feel. Did It Again with it’s eastern music filled chorus could have which became a hit, thanks to a video which 4 parts of Kylie’s personality battle for supremacy. Her tone is of annoyed anger as the lyrics paint the story. Many thought the singer was trying to be like “Indie Kylie” (aka the one in red in the video) because of the nature of this record.

Breathe and Say Hey both are the weak points of the album. Kylie sings in a tired lazy tone while the music is uninspiring doing nothing to get a reaction from the listener. These both could have been added as bonus tracks that way they wouldn’t take away from the alternative pop sound. Drunk has a dark trance vibe with her vocals overlapping each other during the chorus, possibly symbolizing the confusion of thoughts of being trashed. I Don’t Need Anyone has a 1960s pop feel to it, showing her playful side like in Some Kind of Bliss.

Jump really let’s her vocals shine through while the sleepy drum beat and bass line follow her lead. Limbo is similar in terms of production to Too Far, however this is probably the most aggressive track on the record with a futuristic sirens and a fast synth-beat that enters after the high pitched chorus. Through the Years a jazzy slow track that counters the fast pace nature of the pervious. This was placed perfectly as a set up to the final track. The closing track Dreams ends the record beautifully and contains some element like Did It Again. This track end the record well.

Kylie proved with this record that she does have the creativity and voice to make her a influential figure not only in pop music but whatever style she chooses. The production is spot on never over powering, but complementing her vocals while adding a dreamy aura of outer worldliness to the majority of the album. This is one of her strongest releases to date and should not be missed. If you listen closely you can detect the sounds that served as the blueprint to Madonna’s beloved Ray of Light album.

Recommended Tracks:
Cowboy Style
Did It Again
Breathe
Limbo
Dreams



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BSX
July 17th 2009


1647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally got it done

KILL
July 17th 2009


77906 Comments


beautiful review sweety x

BSX
July 17th 2009


1647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks ^_^

CompanionCube
July 17th 2009


977 Comments


oh how i hate bold

KILL
July 17th 2009


77906 Comments


fucking boldists

AtavanHalen
July 17th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Get rid of the bold and fix up your grammar.

Jim
July 17th 2009


5110 Comments


i don't mind bold.

so breathe is a weak point? i always liked that song

BSX
July 18th 2009


1647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well it's a review, you don't have to agree with my opinion 100%

Meatplow
February 11th 2011


5524 Comments


good album

BSX
February 11th 2011


1647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hope she'll make more of this music

SebastianJunior
August 9th 2012


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had always heard how much of an artistic win this album was but I never made the effort to track it down. It succeeds in doing what every good album does: take you on a sonic journey. I'd have to disagree about Breathe, it's one of my faves on the LP.

BSX
August 24th 2012


1647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

LOL apparently I have an unpopular opinion about Breathe

dylantheairplane
October 4th 2012


2181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The bonus disc is so fun, the track Love Takes Over Me is great

Log S.
September 27th 2015


690 Comments


i had tried this a long time ago, and despite being a fan of both manic street preachers & kylie by then, i wasn't really into it. prob gonna give it another shot soon, after light years or one of her newer ones

IanPhillips
September 28th 2015


22 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review. I do like 'Breathe' and 'Say Hey' but of course it's all in the eye of the beholder which makes reading reviews interesting. Totally agree with you about 'Too Far' being one of the best recordings in her career - I wish they'd released that as a single. I have to admit that at the time I totally ignored this release and wondered what the hell Kylie was doing. But as time's gone on I'd probably hail this as her very best album. Likewise, I never liked 'Some Kind Of Bliss' at first but have since grown to really like it. Favourites of mine from this album have to be 'Too Far', 'Limbo', 'Drunk', 'Cowboy Style' and 'Breathe'. Actually really like all tracks here.

BSX
October 16th 2015


1647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh thanks. Now I've warmed up to both Breathe and Say Hey but there now tracks I /have/ to hear when I listen to this album. In my opinion the criticism for this album really negatively affected Kylie since she took on a more creative control for this album and she went back to doing more "pop" music.

Asdfp277
October 16th 2015


11086 Comments


kylie minogue is so underrated

BSX
October 16th 2015


1647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't agree underrated in the USA? Yes but the rest of the world? No

Asdfp277
October 16th 2015


11086 Comments


I know of no one here who knows who Kylie Minogue is

BSX
October 16th 2015


1647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and here would be?



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