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Girl is the third studio album by Australian singer Dannii Minogue. It was released by Eternal Records on 8 September 1997 in the United Kingdom. In November 2007, the album was reissued with a bonus disc of remixes by Rhino Entertainment. The album had four singles, including the UK Dance Chart number ones "All I Wanna Do", "Everything I Wanted", "Disremembrance" and the Australian-only single, "Coconut". When the album was reissued in 2007, Girl had to be reprinted as it sold more than expected following Minogue's popularity as a judge on The X Factor.

Girl
Girl 1997.jpg
Studio album by
Released
  • 8 September 1997
  • 7 November 2007 (Deluxe Edition)
Recorded1997
Length55:11
Label
Producer
Dannii Minogue chronology
Get into You
(1993)
Girl
(1997)
The Singles / The Remixes
(1998)
Singles from Girl
  1. "All I Wanna Do"
    Released: 18 August 1997
  2. "Everything I Wanted"
    Released: 20 October 1997
  3. "Disremembrance"
    Released: 16 March 1998
  4. "Coconut"
    Released: 16 November 1998

Contents

BackgroundEdit

By 1995, Dannii Minogue had parted ways with former label Mushroom Records, following a contract dispute. An album which was in production ultimately never materialized and it wasn't until 1997 when Minogue signed to Eternal Records, that she began recording her third album Girl. Her first two albums Love and Kisses and Get into You had been very much 'pop' oriented albums, however Minogue had since become interested in dance music and clubbing following the release of several remixed versions of her past hits by Steve "Silk" Hurley.

Music compositionEdit

The sound of Girl was distinctively different from Minogue's previous work. This was clearly demonstrated with the lead single "All I Wanna Do", which contained a more emphasized dance sound in contrast to the pop style. This would be felt on the rest of the album. The other tracks on Girl ranged from mature pop songs ("Heaven Can Wait", "Am I Dreaming?", "Everything I Wanted", "It's Amazing") to the more techno oriented ("Disremembrance", "Movin' Up" and bonus tracks "Someone New", "Keep Up With The Good Times"). The album also included notable styles of dance music ("So in Love with Yourself", "If It Moves-Dub It", "Coconut") as well as ambient infused sounds ("Everybody Changes Underwater"), all of which were considered cutting edge for the time. Several of the tracks also embodied strong undertones of electronica music.

PromotionEdit

SinglesEdit

All I Wanna Do, was released as the first single from the album on 18 August 1997. It peaked at number 4 in the UK Singles Chart and number 1 in the UK Dance Club Chart, in Australia, it peaked at number 11 in the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold.

Everything I Wanted was released as the second single on 20 October 1997. It peaked at number 15 in the UK Singles Chart and become her second single number 1 in the UK Dance Club Chart, in Australia it peaked at number 44 in the ARIA Singles Chart.

Disremembrance was released on 16 March 1998 as the third single, was remixed by Flexifinger for release. It peaked at number 21 in the UK Singles Chart and become her third single number 1 in the UK Dance Club Chart, in Australia, it peaked at number 53 in the ARIA Singles Chart.

Coconut was released on 16 November 1998 as the fourth single in Australia only. It peaked at number 62 in the ARIA Singles Chart.

Other songs
Several remixes were commissioned of "Heaven Can Wait", some of which were on promotional releases of "Everything I Wanted".[1] At one point the track was planned to be released as the fourth single. Ultimately, some of the remixes were released on the Australian only single "Coconut".

The following remixes were commissioned:

  1. "Heaven Can Wait" (7" Mix) – 4:06 (later released on the "Coconut" single)
  2. "Heaven Can Wait" (D-Bop's Heavenly Girl Mix) – 7:32 (later released on the "Coconut" single though labelled as the Melt & Sparkle Mix)
  3. "Heaven Can Wait" (D-Bop's Melt & Sparkle Mix)
  4. "Heaven Can Wait" (Trouser Enthusiasts' Cloud Nine Mix) – 12:10 (later released on the "Coconut" single and the "Girl" reissue)
  5. "Heaven Can Wait" (Trouser Enthusiasts' Hellfire Club Mix)
  6. "Heaven Can Wait" (Trouser Enthusiasts' Hellfire Club Dub) – 9:20

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]

Despite commercial disappointment, Girl received a generally positive reception from music critics. John Lucas from AllMusic complimented the album saying "The music is no longer so concerned with aping American trends; it was clearly influenced by the British dance club sounds of the mid-'90s. In short, Dannii was finally carving an identity for herself." He gave the album four out of five stars.[3] Girl is also considered to be Dannii's best album along with Neon Nights.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."All I Wanna Do"
4:28
2."Heaven Can Wait"
  • Higgins
  • McLennan
  • Powell
  • Gray
3:40
3."So in Love with Yourself"
5:06
4."Am I Dreaming?"
  • Barry
  • Taylor
  • Graham Stack
  • Torch
4:10
5."Everybody Changes Underwater"
  • Dannii Minogue
  • Ian Masterson
  • David Green
6:36
6."Everything I Wanted"
  • Minogue
  • Taylor
  • Torch
4:38
7."If It Moves-Dub It"
  • Minogue
  • Higgins
  • McLennan
  • Powell
  • Gray
6:32
8."Disremembrance"
  • Masterson
  • Green
4:06
9."It's Amazing"
  • Higgins
  • McLennan
  • Powell
  • Gray
5:05
10."Movin' Up"
  • Lars Erlandsson
  • Fredrik Lenander
  • Bella Morel
  • David Kreuger
  • Per Magnusson
4:16
11."Coconut" (hidden track)Harry Nilsson4:48
Japanese bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Someone New"
  • Masterson
  • Green
9:23

Deluxe editionEdit

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."All I Wanna Do" 4:28
2."Heaven Can Wait" 3:40
3."So in Love with Yourself" 5:06
4."Am I Dreaming?" 4:10
5."Everybody Changes Underwater" 6:36
6."Everything I Wanted" 4:38
7."If It Moves-Dub It" 6:32
8."Disremembrance" 4:06
9."It's Amazing" 5:05
10."Movin' Up" (extended mix) 5:50
11."Keep Up with the Good Times"
  • Higgins
  • McLennan
  • Powell
  • Gray
4:19
12."Someone New" (Flexifingers radio edit) 3:46
13."Coconut" 4:48
14."All I Wanna Do" (Trouser Enthusiasts radio edit) 4:12
15."Everything I Wanted" (Xenomania radio edit) 4:47
16."Disremembrance" (Trouser Enthusiasts Radio edit) 4:29
Disc two
No.TitleLength
1."All I Wanna Do" (12" Extended mix)6:52
2."Everything I Wanted" (Xenomania 12" Club mix)7:07
3."Heaven Can Wait" (Trouser Enthusiasts Cloud Nine mix)12:10
4."Disremembrance" (full orchestral 12" mix)9:29
5."All I Wanna Do" (Qattara's Club mix)10:08
6."Everything I Wanted" (Jupiter 6 Soul Surround mix)6:50
7."Disremembrance" (Twyce as Nyce 1:40AM Club mix)6:06
8."Movin' Up" (Getting Harder mix)5:51
9."Keep Up with the Good Times" (Xenomania 12" mix)6:47
10."All I Wanna Do" (Tiny Tim & The Mekon Dream dub)7:45

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 69
Scottish Albums (OCC)[5] 70
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 57
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[7] 3

Release historyEdit

These are the formats of major album releases of Girl:

Release format Country Barcode Release date
CD United Kingdom 3984 20548 2 8 September 1997
CD Deluxe edition[8] United Kingdom 5144-25022-2 5 November 2007

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dannii* - Everything I Wanted (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Lucas, John. "Girl - Dannii Minogue". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Australiancharts.com – {{{artist}}} – {{{album}}}". Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ Girl (Deluxe Edition). HMV.com. Retrieved 8 November 2009.

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