Kylie Minogue — Impossible Princess (1997)
In this album’s opening track, Kylie asks, “This time I went too far, huh?” It’s a fitting summary of how people felt at the time about Impossible Princess, which didn’t even garner an initial US release after disappointing sales outside of Minogue’s native Australia. In retrospect, Kylie’s sixth album has been embraced a bit more as her own Ray of Light. Sure, her autobiographical lyrics tackle self-discovery á la Madonna’s beloved 1998 album, but the big draw of Impossible Princess is Kylie’s experimentation with the era’s musical trends. Trip-hop, drum and bass, techno, and world music find a home next to the jubilant instrumental rock of “I Don’t Need Anyone” and co-writes with alt-rockers Manic Street Preachers (“Some Kind of Bliss”). Those who only know Kylie based on her dance-pop hits will be shocked by Impossible Princess.