|1 November 1997
(see release history)
|1995 � 1997
|Pop rock, dance-pop, trip hop
|Deconstruction Records, BMG Records, Mushroom
|Steve Anderson, Dave Ball, James Dean Bradfield, Jay Burnett, Rob Dougan, Dave Eringa, Dave Seaman, Ingo Vauk
'Impossible Princess' is the sixth studio album by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue. It was released in Japan on 1 November 1997 by BMG Records, Australia on 12 January 1998 by Mushroom Records and 23 March 1998 in Europe by Deconstruction Records to mixed reviews. The album was produced by Dave Ball, Ingo Vauk, Brothers in Rhythm, Manic Street Preachers and Rob Dougan. Many critics complimented its maturity and personal subject matter, while others called it uninspired and unbelievable. Impossible Princess was a success in Minogue's native Australia, where it reached number four on the Australian Albums Chart and number one on the Australian Music Report chart in January 1998, and was certified double platinum for sales of 140,000 copies. The album was a commercial disappointment in the UK and sold 44,000 copies in 1998, considerably less than Minogue's previous albums.
The album represented another, and most radical change in Minogue's musical style, finding influences in drum and bass, indie rock, trip hop, folk and jazz. Impossible Princess became the first album in which Minogue had assumed full creative control, resulting in her contributing all of the lyrics that appeared on the album. The album was retitled Kylie Minogue in the UK following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in August 1997. A remastered edition of Impossible Princess with title reinstated, was issued by BMG in 2003 with a bonus disc of remixes and B-sides. In 2003, Q Magazine in the UK hailed the album as a 'hidden gem,' praising it as a lost pop masterpiece.