Single Of The Week 13/10/97

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

Some Kind Of Bliss
Kylie Minogue
MUSH 01695.2

Kylie's new single caused something of a sensation in the UK, but unfortunately not for any musical reasons. Debuting at #22, it quickly established itself as one of the least successful numbers of her career to date. Adding to the flames was the fact that a mere fortnight or so earlier, Dannii's 'All I Wanna Do' became her most successful track when it debuted at #5.

The chart debate is, of course, immaterial to the merit of the songs, both of which I like a lot. But Kylie's is the one I've opted to buy first, partly because it actually has a real B-side and not seven different mixes the way Dannii's does, but mostly because it's a real corker of a song, the sound of the Manic Street Preachers perfectly complementing the woman once referred to, very uncharitably, as the Singing Budgie.

The B-side, 'Limbo', is equally interesting, since it involves Kylie collaborating with Dave Ball who, many moons ago, was the part of Soft Cell that Marc Almond wasn't. Ball's present day sound is a fair bit removed from 'Tainted Love' (and even from The Grid, one of his more recent projects), but it's a good indication of the quality of collaborators our Kyles is attracting these days. One can only hope that the long-rumoured "Pet Shop Boys produce Kylie" rumour comes true when her album -- delayed because of the chart problem with the first single, and the deemed tastelessness of its title, Impossible Princess -- eventually hits the streets.

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