"Word Is Out" is a song written by English musical duo Stock and Waterman for Australian singer Kylie Minogue's fourth studio album, Let's Get to It (1991). Produced by Mike Stock and Pete Waterman, it was released as the first single from Let's Get to It on 26 August 1991. The artwork for the cover was photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth in 1991 for the British edition of Esquire.

"Word Is Out"
Kylie Minogue - Word Is Out single cover.png
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Let's Get to It
B-side"Say the Word - I'll Be There"
Released26 August 1991 (1991-08-26)
Genre
Length3:34
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Mike Stock
  • Pete Waterman
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Shocked"
(1991)
"Word Is Out"
(1991)
"If You Were with Me Now"
(1991)
Music video
"Word Is Out" on YouTube

Critical receptionEdit

Chris True from AllMusic chose the track as one of Let's Get to It's track picks.[3] Larry Flick from Billboard commented, "Folks who think Kylie Minogue is too light for them may change their minds when they hear "Word Is Out". With a little help from remixer Tony King, she has eschewed the frothy hi-NRG tone of past hits in favor of an easy paced-house sound, replete with disco-flavored strings and percussion."[4] On Michael Wilton's review of the second night of her Anti Tour in Sydney, Australia—where she performed an a cappella rendition of the song—for musicOMH, he stated that "Word is Out" is "wildly underrated."[5] Writing Minogue's biography for her special on Australian music video program Rage, they stated: "While in the past, her material had always been high energy, 'Word Is Out' showcased a far more seductive side to Kylie that many had suspected was there."[6] In another hand, Nick Griffiths from Select called it one of the "odd songs" in the album.[7] Sophie Lawrence reviewed it for Smash Hits, writing, "Sounds like Madonna's La Isla Bonita a bit, doesn't it? She's just been brilliant ever since Better The Devil You Know. You could listen to this 100 times and never get bored."[8]

Commercial performanceEdit

The song was released as the first single in the summer of 1991 and was a top twenty hit in the United Kingdom, reaching number sixteen which ended Minogue's run of 13 consecutive UK top 10 hits. In Australia, with the more laid back Summer Breeze Mix as the main mix, it peaked at number ten, becoming Minogue's tenth single to chart within the top ten. The Summer Breeze Mix received a UK release on a one-sided limited edition 12" vinyl single which had an engraved autograph on the b-side, making it highly collectable for fans.

Music videoEdit

Directed by James Lebon, it was filmed in London's famous Camden market and featured British television presenter Davina McCall as one of Minogue's dancers.[9] An Australian version of the video later appeared on her 2002 (also the updated version in 2003) Greatest Hits DVD as one of the bonus features.[10]

Live performancesEdit

Minogue also did an a cappella "sing-along" rendition of the song as requested by fans on her Anti Tour's concert in Big Top at Luna Park, Sydney, Australia on 20 March 2012.[1] musicOMH's Michael Wilton said the performance was "decent."[5]

Track listingsEdit

ChartsEdit

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United Kingdom 26 August 1991
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
PWL [24]
Australia 18 November 1991
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
Mushroom [25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Nick Levine (22 May 2010). "Music The Sound - Kylie: Revisited #4: 'Let's Get To It". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  2. ^ Robert Copsey (8 February 2013). "Kylie Minogue signs to Roc Nation: What does it mean?". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  3. ^ Chris True. "Let's Get to It —Kylie Minogue". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  4. ^ Flick, Larry (28 September 1991). "Dance Trax: American Record Pool Joins 'L.A. Dance' Benefit" (PDF). Billboard. p. 37. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b Michael Wilton (20 March 2012). "Live Reviews: Kylie Minogue @ Luna Park, Sydney". musicOMH. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  6. ^ Staff writer(s) (3 August 2002). "Kylie Minogue Special". Rage. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  7. ^ Griffiths, Nick (December 1991). "Reviews: New Albums —- Let's Get to It - Kylie Minogue". Select. Emap Metro. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  8. ^ Lawrence, Sophie (21 August 1991). "Review: Singles". Smash Hits. p. 41. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  9. ^ Hope, Hannah (21 March 2014). "Davina McCall: I want Kylie to give me a McCall, we were really good friends".
  10. ^ "Kylie Minogue: Greatest Hits". 18 November 2002 – via Amazon.
  11. ^ Word Is Out (Australian CD single liner notes). Kylie Minogue. Mushroom Records. 1991. D11046.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  12. ^ Word Is Out (Australian cassette single sleeve). Kylie Minogue. Mushroom Records. 1991. C11046.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  13. ^ Word Is Out (Australian 12-inch single sleeve). Kylie Minogue. Mushroom Records. 1991. X14215.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  14. ^ Word Is Out (UK 7-inch single vinyl disc). Kylie Minogue. PWL Records. 1991. PWL 204.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  15. ^ Word Is Out (UK cassette single sleeve). Kylie Minogue. PWL Records. 1991. PWMC 204.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  16. ^ Word Is Out (UK 12-inch single sleeve). Kylie Minogue. PWL Records. 1991. PWLT 204.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  17. ^ Word Is Out (UK CD single disc notes). Kylie Minogue. PWL Records. 1991. PWCD 204.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  18. ^ Word Is Out (Japanese CD single liner notes). Kylie Minogue. PWL Records. 1991. ALCB-371.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  19. ^ "Kylie Minogue – Word Is Out". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles". Music & Media. Vol. 8, no. 38. 21 September 1991. p. 25.
  21. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Word Is Out". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  22. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  23. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  24. ^ "New Releases: Singles". Music Week. 24 August 1991. p. 19.
  25. ^ "New Release Summary – Product Available from: 18/11/91 (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 95)". ARIA. Retrieved 14 August 2016 – via Imgur.