“Confide in Me” is a song recorded by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, taken from her fifth self-titled studio album (1994). It was released as the album’s lead single on 29 August 1994, and was her first single to be distributed by Deconstruction; Imago Records, and Mushroom also released it as a CD single, cassette tape and 12″ and 7″ vinyl. The track was written by Steve Anderson, Dave Seaman, and Owain Barton, whilst production was handled by British trio Brothers in Rhythm. It was recorded in London, United Kingdom at DMC and Sarm West Studios during 1994.
Musically, it is a pop song that incorporates elements of indie music, dance-pop, and Middle Eastern instrumentation such as strings and percussion, whilst the lyrical content talks about Minogue’s earnest of seduction and manipulating people to confide into her. Upon its release, “Confide in Me” received critical acclaim from music critics. Several critics selected the track as a standout from many of her records and compilation, whilst individual reviews commended Minogue’s vocals, the production and influence of Middle Eastern elements. The track received nominations at some award ceremonies, along with being listed on critic’s year-end lists.
Commercially, the track experienced success in regions like Australia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Ireland, France, and New Zealand, whereas it performed moderately elsewhere and reached the top 40 in Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. It also became Minogue’s only charting single in the US during the 1990s period, having peaked at 39 on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. An accompanying music video was directed by Paul Boyd in Los Angeles, California during July 1994; it featured six different videos of Minogue in a commercial to help the audience confide their numerous problems to each character.
The song has been performed on Minogue’s concert tours including Intimate and Live, On a Night Like This, and most recently on her Aphrodite World Tour in 2011. Since its release, “Confide in Me” has be noted by critics and publications as one of the most iconic and innovative singles from the 1990s era, and Minogue’s singles history, and has been recognised by authors as an important period of Minogue’s career and musical “re-inventions”. Alongside this, it has been sampled and covered by musicians, and used in several media.