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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. Four singles were released to promote the album including the UK Dance Chart number ones "All I Wanna Do", "Everything I Wanted", "Disremembrance" and the Australian-only single, "Coconut". In November 2007, the album was reissued featuring slightly different artwork and a bonus disc of remixes by Rhino Entertainment.

Girl
Girl 1997.jpg
Studio album by
Released8 September 1997
Recorded1997
GenreDance · techno-pop · rave · ambient
Length53:29
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

BackgroundEdit

In 1995, Minogue had initially begun work on the follow-up album to "Get Into You". However during recording sessions, Mushroom Records terminated their contract with Minogue. Following a divorce from Julian McMahon and a cover-shoot for Australian Playboy magazine, Minogue was approached by Warner Brothers Records to record a new album.

RecordingEdit

Sessions began in early 1997 with Ian Masterson and Brian Higgins.

Title and artworkEdit

The album's name is a direct reference to the refrain, 'I may not be the innocent girl", in the album's lead single, 'All I Wanna Do'. The album artwork was shot by Steve Shaw and designed by Gerard Saint. In 2007, the re-issue featured slightly different artwork with Minogue's head tilted to the front and additional booklet design featuring images from the album's respective music video shoots, also shot by Steve Shaw.

CompositionEdit

Music and lyricsEdit

Girl was distinctively more dance-orientated than Minogue's previous work and stands as a dance, electronica and techno-pop album. The album opens 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

To promote the album, Minogue appeared on a variety of television shows for interviews and performances, in the United Kingdom and Australia, including "Top of the Pops" and "TFI Friday". In 1998, Minogue also embarked on the "Unleased '98" tour consisting of 23 dates around the United Kingdom. Minogue was also part of the line-up for the Mushroom 25 Live concert held in Melbourne in 1998.

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. The single featured the b-side, "Someone New".

Other songs
Several remixes were commissioned of "Heaven Can Wait", some of which were on included on promotional releases of "Everything I Wanted"[1] and released on the "Coconut" single. Previously unreleased mixes of "Movin' Up'" and "Someone New" were also released on the Deluxe Edition of the album in 2007.

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]

Commercial performanceEdit

Girl charted at number 57 in the United Kingdom on the Official Album Charts and number 69 in Australia on the ARIA Album Chart.

Track listingEdit

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."All I Wanna Do"
  • Higgins
  • McLennan
  • Powell
  • Gray
4:29
2."Heaven Can Wait"
  • Higgins
  • McLennan
  • Powell
  • Gray
  • Higgins
  • McLennan
  • Powell
  • Gray
3:41
3."So in Love with Yourself"
Metro5:06
4."Am I Dreaming?"
  • Graham Stack
  • Barry
  • Taylor
  • Torch
Metro4:10
5."Everybody Changes Underwater"
  • Dannii Minogue
  • David Green
  • Ian Masterson
Flexifinger6:36
6."Everything I Wanted"
  • Minogue
  • Taylor
  • Torch
Flexifinger4:39
7."If It Moves - Dub It"
  • Minogue
  • Higgins
  • McLennan
  • Powell
  • Gray
  • Higgins
  • McLennan
  • Powell
  • Gray
6:31
8."Disremembrance"
  • Green
  • Masterson
Flexifinger4:05
9."It's Amazing"
  • Higgins
  • McLennan
  • Powell
  • Gray
  • Higgins
  • McLennan
  • Powell
  • Gray
5:05
10."Movin' Up"
  • Lars Erlandsson
  • Fredrik Lenander
  • Bella Morel
  • David Kreuger
  • Per Magnusson
  • Higgins
  • McLennan
  • Powell
  • Gray
4:15
11."Coconut" (Hidden track)Harry Nilsson
  • DNA
  • Neil Davidge
  • Masterson
4:51
Total length:53:29

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

Country Date Format(s) Label
United Kingdom 8 September 1997
  • CD
  • Cassette
Eternal
Australia Warner
Germany
Japan CD WEA
United Kingdom 5 November 2007 2CD[8] Rhino

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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