Minogue's second album, Enjoy Yourself was released in October The movie received mixed reviews by critics but proved popular with audiences. Minogue's third album, Rhythm of Love was released in November and was described as "leaps and bounds more mature" than her previous albums. I saw a new way to express my point of view creatively. It was her first album to fail to reach the top ten. She later expressed her opinion that she was stifled by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, saying, "I was very much a puppet in the beginning.
I was blinkered by my record company. I was unable to look left or right. It reached number one in the United Kingdom  and number three in Australia. Minogue's signing with Deconstruction Records in marked a new phase in her career. Her fifth album, Kylie Minogue , was released in September and was a departure from her previous efforts as it "no longer featured the Stock-Aitken-Waterman production gloss", with critics praising Minogue's vocals and the album production. As of , Anderson continued to be Minogue's musical director.
During this period, Minogue made a guest appearance as herself in an episode of the comedy The Vicar of Dibley. Director Steven E. Cave had been interested in working with Minogue since hearing "Better the Devil You Know", saying it contained "one of pop music's most violent and distressing lyrics". The single received widespread attention in Europe, where it reached the top 10 in several countries, and reached number two in Australia. Impossible Princess garnered some negative reviews upon its release in ,  but would be praised as Minogue's most personal and best work in retrospective reviews.
Acknowledging that she had attempted to escape the perceptions of her that had developed during her early career, Minogue commented that she was ready to "forget the painful criticism" and "accept the past, embrace it, use it".
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At the end of the year, a campaign by Virgin Radio stated, "We've done something to improve Kylie's records: we've banned them. An elaborate art book titled Kylie , featuring contributions by Minogue and creative director William Baker , was published by Booth-Clibborn in March The album downplayed the disco style and was inspired by s artists such as Scritti Politti , The Human League , Adam and the Ants and Prince , blending their styles with elements of hip hop. In November , Minogue released her second official greatest hits album entitled Ultimate Kylie.
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After performing in Europe, she travelled to Melbourne, where she was diagnosed with breast cancer, forcing her to cancel the tour. Her children's book, The Showgirl Princess , written during her period of convalescence, was published in October , and her perfume, "Darling", was launched in November. Minogue resumed her then cancelled tour in November , under the title Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour.
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Her dance routines had been reworked to accommodate her medical condition, with slower costume changes and longer breaks introduced between sections of the show to conserve her strength. In November , Minogue released her tenth and much-discussed "comeback" album, X. Minogue began a relationship with French actor Olivier Martinez after meeting him at the Grammy Awards ceremony.
They ended their relationship in February , but remained on friendly terms. Minogue was reported to have been "saddened by false [media] accusations of [Martinez's] disloyalty". She defended Martinez, and acknowledged the support he had given during her treatment for breast cancer. The episode was watched by Rahman song.
In July , Minogue released her eleventh studio album, Aphrodite. The album received favourable reviews from most music critics; Rob Sheffield from Rolling Stone labelled the album Minogue's "finest work since 's underrated Impossible Princess " and Tim Sendra from Allmusic commended Minogue's choice of collaborators and producers, commenting that the album is the "work of someone who knows exactly what her skills are and who to hire to help showcase them to perfection".
Minogue recorded a duet with synthpop duo Hurts on their song "Devotion", which was included on the group's album Happiness. The result was successful, peaking inside the top twenty in several charts and reaching number one on the US Hot Dance Club Charts. At the time, Minogue also held the third spot on the chart with " Higher ", her collaboration with British recording artist Taio Cruz , becoming the first artist to claim two of the top three spots at the same time in the American dance chart's history.
With a stage set inspired by the birth of the love goddess Aphrodite and Grecian culture and history, it was greeted with positive reviews from critics, who praised the concept and the stage production.
In March , Minogue began a year-long celebration for her 25 years in the music industry, which was often called "K25". The anniversary started with her embarking on the Anti Tour in England and Australia, which featured b-sides, demos and rarities from her music catalogue.
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The album contained reworked and orchestral versions of her previous songs. In January , Minogue and her manager Terry Blamey, whom she had worked with since the start of her singing career, parted ways.
It accumulated an estimated 8. Ed Power from The Daily Telegraph gave the series premiere 3 stars, praising Minogue for being "glamorous, agreeably giggly [and] a card-carrying national treasure". Dance Chart on 18 April This became her thirteenth chart topper on the U. S Dance Chart, lifting her position in the list of artists with the most U.
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Her set received rave reviews from critics, with The Guardian declaring it a "solid-gold", "peerless" and "phenomenal". Minogue explained that she first became interested in pop music during her adolescence: "I first got into pop music in , I'd say. What I found amazing was that she was outselling Madonna four to one, but still wanted to be her. Minogue has been known for her soft soprano vocal range. However, her signature music has been contemporary disco music. Chris True from Allmusic , reviewed her debut Kylie and found her music "standard late-'80s Stock-Aitken-Waterman bubblegum", however he stated that she presented the most personality of any s recording artist.
From Minogue's work on her sixth studio album, Impossible Princess , her songwriting and musical content began to change. She was constantly writing down words, exploring the form and meaning of sentences. He said that she took inspiration from "both the Brit-pop and electronica movements of the mid-'90s", saying that "Impossible Princess is the work of an artist willing to take risks". Critics said Minogue's tenth record X did not feature enough "consistency" and Chris True called the tracks "cold, calculated dance-pop numbers.
Minogue's efforts to be taken seriously as a recording artist were initially hindered by the perception that she had not "paid her dues" and was no more than a manufactured pop star exploiting the image she had created during her stint on Neighbours. You're a product and you're selling a product. It doesn't mean that you're not talented and that you don't make creative and business decisions about what you will and won't do and where you want to go.
Stern photographed her in Los Angeles and, comparing her to Monroe, commented that Minogue had a similar mix of vulnerability and eroticism. Stylist William Baker has suggested that this is part of the reason she entered mainstream pop culture in Europe more successfully than many other pop singers who concentrate solely on selling records. By , Minogue was considered to have achieved a degree of musical credibility for having maintained her career longer than her critics had expected. But now it has become in danger of eclipsing what she actually is: a pop singer.
Minogue has been inspired by and compared to Madonna throughout her career. Self-knowledge is a truly beautiful thing and Kylie knows herself inside out. She is what she is and there is no attempt to make quasi-intellectual statements to substantiate it. She is the gay shorthand for joy. Minogue's clips might draw a gasp from some but Madonna's ignite religious and political debate unlike any other artist on the planet Simply, Madonna is the dark force; Kylie is the light force.
I admire Madonna greatly but in the beginning she made it difficult for artists like me, she had done everything there was to be done",  and "Madonna's the Queen of Pop, I'm the princess. I'm quite happy with that. In March , Minogue was declared by researchers as the "most powerful celebrity in Britain".
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