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Kylie's 2 best albums in one!
on 7 June 2002
Hits+ takes the 6 UK single releases from Kylie Minogue and Impossible Princess, plus the duet Where The Wild Roses Grow (with Nick Cave). Add to this a handfull of unreleased tracks (exceptional songs being the "Where Is The Feeling - alike" Gotta Move On and Difficult By Design from the 1994 period, and This Girl from the 1997 period), and a few remixes (Automatic Love acoustic being exceptionally different from the album version, with Kylie's vocal sounding a lot stronger) and you have an album that is a complete must for any Kylie fan's collection.
However, despite containing the singles and the unreleased recordings mentioned above, this is not the album i would recommend for a new Kylie fan. Understated Kylie classics such as Dangerous Game (KM94), Falling (KM94), I Don't Need Anyone (IP) and Dreams (IP) played a significant part in making the 2 DeCon albums the critical success they were, and are much more valuable than any of the singles or unreleased material (apart from Confide In Me and Wild Roses).
In 1994, Kylie Minogue (the album) was deemed a commercial success (albeit not a huge success, the album did as well as Light Years in the UK and was a convincing start). It is only now, with the huge comeback, that critics are writing off her entire DeCon period as a flop.
In my opinion Impossible Princess should have been a commercial success, despite the unfortunate timing of the initial release. Some Kind Of Bliss is the worst track on the album, and not at all indicative of the other 11 tracks. The album is not really Indie, and the Manics did not play a huge part on the album (although the other track I Don't Need Anyone is a stand out classic). The wrong singles were chosen, Kylie looked terrible, and where was the promotion?
This album is more Kylie than anything she has ever done - it is the only album where she has cowritten every track (all the lyrics) and the only album where she has completely written some of the songs. It is very personal and emotional, and if that makes it dark and uncommercial, so be it. It is still by far the best Kylie album around (and has not aged the same way Light Years has).
If you don't have any of the DeCon albums, I would recommend buying Impossible Princess (and) Kylie Minogue. Hits+ is definately more for fans.