Finer Feelings

"Finer Feelings" is a song by Kylie Minogue. It was the final release from Let's Get to It and was actually planned as the follow-up to "Word Is Out", but was held back after the release of "If You Were with Me Now". "Finer Feelings" finally appeared in April 1992, remixed by Brothers in Rhythm (whom Minogue would continue collaborating with throughout the 1990s, and continued with Steve Anderson into the present), and narrowly missed out on the top ten, peaking at number eleven on the UK charts.[1]

"Finer Feelings"
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Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Let's Get to It
B-side"Closer"
Released13 April 1992
Recorded1990—1991 in London
Genre
Length3:55
LabelPWL
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Give Me Just a Little More Time"
(1992)
"Finer Feelings"
(1992)
"What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)"
(1992)
Music video
"Finer Feelings" on YouTube

In Australia, "Finer Feelings" became her lowest-charting single at that point,[citation needed] reaching number sixty on its debut in the ARIA top 100 singles chart for the week ending 5 July 1992.[citation needed] Other than a re-release of "Better the Devil You Know" in 1998, "Finer Feelings" remained Kylie's only single to miss the top 50 in Australia until her 2010 single "Get Outta My Way", which peaked at number sixty-nine.[citation needed]

"Finer Feelings" remains a fan favourite[citation needed] and Minogue has performed excerpts of the song during her KylieFever2002 and Showgirl Homecoming tours although it was not included on her hits compilations, Ultimate Kylie, The Best of Kylie Minogue or Step Back In Time: The Definitive Collection. The B-side "Closer" is different from the song of the same title that would appear on her 2010 album Aphrodite.

The song was re-recorded in 2011 and posted onto Kylie Minogue's official YouTube channel on 25 January 2012. It is featured on The Abbey Road Sessions.

Critical receptionEdit

Brittany Porter from AXS listed the track as one of her five most underrated songs.[2] Writing for Digital Spy, Nick Levine called it a "hidden gem" and stated: "At least five tunes are in contention, 'Finer Feelings' sneaks it for showing that Kylie could be sexier and more sophisticated than ever before without skimping on the chorus."[3] Music Week stated that it is Minogue "at her most mature and reflective", and added that "percussive and rhythmic accentuation are subtle rather than florid, and Kylie's vocal is amongst her best. Sweetly melancholic, and if she does now move on from PWL, it's a fine note to leave on".[4]

Music videoEdit

The music video was once again directed by Dave Hogan (who previously worked with Minogue on "What Do I Have to Do?" and "Shocked") and shot entirely in Paris with a 1930s/40s feel.

Formats and track listingsEdit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Finer Feelings".

CD single
  1. "Finer Feelings" (Brothers in Rhythm 7" mix) – 3:47
  2. "Finer Feelings" (Brothers in Rhythm 12" mix) – 6:47
  3. "Finer Feelings" (original mix/album version) – 3:55
  4. "Closer" (The Pleasure Mix)
Cassette single
  1. "Finer Feelings" (Brothers in Rhythm 7" mix) – 3:47
  2. "Closer" (edit)
7-inch single
  1. "Finer Feelings" (Brothers in Rhythm 7" mix) – 3:47
  2. "Closer" (edit)
12-inch single
  1. "Finer Feelings" (Brothers in Rhythm 12" mix) – 6:47
  2. "Closer" (The Pleasure Mix)

Live performancesEdit

Minogue performed the song on the following concert tours and events:

ChartsEdit

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[5] 38
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 16
UK Singles (OCC)[1] 11
UK Dance Music (Music Week)[7] 54

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Porter, Brittany (4 August 2015). "Kylie Minogue: 5 most underrated songs". AXS. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  3. ^ Levine, Nick (22 May 2010). "Kylie: Revisited #4: 'Let's Get To It'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Mainstream: Singles - Pick of the Week" (PDF). Music Week. 4 April 1992. p. 6. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles". Music & Media. Vol. 9, no. 19. 2 May 1992. p. 33. OCLC 29800226.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Finer Feelings". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Top 60 Dance Singles" (PDF). Music Week. 25 April 1992. p. 22. Retrieved 29 September 2020.