#REVIEW: KYLIE MINOGUE – “KISS ME ONCE”
It’s been four years since we’ve heard new Music from Australian Pop Queen Kylie Minogue and just as we reached starvation mode, now surfaces her 12th Studio Disc, Kiss Me Once. The Multimedia Empire herself has never been shy about her sensuality and despite playing it safe on this 11-track Offering, our jaws cannot help but drop upon perusal of its Track Listing. Sexercize? Sexy Love? Sleeping with the Enemy? Les Sex??! Yes we’re uncomfortable, but we cannot help but be intrigued. Tell us more oh Goddess of Pop, and spare no details of all the above.
Minogue always has been ahead of the curve and she made Electro-Pop chic again with Can’t Get You Out of My Head in 2001 – an Era when Top 40 was dominated by R&B/Hip-Hop Collabos – whether or not North America was ready to embrace it. Low and behold, the Sound and Movement still to this day is v. much alive and well on both sides of the Atlantic.
Les be honest, alright? Kiss Me Once is no Light Years (2000), Fever (2001), nor it is Aphrodite (2010). You can hear it in Minogue‘s connection to the Lyrics and the Melodies. That same desire to prove something simply isn’t there. It does however take appealing elements from each of those named Albums and incorporates them into a fresher, slinky and vibrant package on this first release under the guidance of Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation.
Lead Single Into the Blue is hypnotic and introspective, as we join Minogue on uncharted waters in this new phase of her Career. If deserving second Single Million Miles sounds a bit like Get Outta My Way from Minogue‘s Aphrodite Disc, well you heard right as Cutfather lends a hand in production once again here and also catchy Sexy Love. Her Collabo with Pharrell although unlikely to be a Single, is timely, with him being a dominant force on our Airwaves. The shuffle of Feels So Good slows things down nicely at the midway point of the Disc before our senses are awaken again with the playful Les Sex. Super-Songwriter Sia Furler lends a hand twice on Sexercize and the anthemic Title Track, showcasing that one’s great versatility as a Tunesmith – sounding unquestionably like a cut from the Kylie Cloth of minimal fabric.
Warner Music Canada releases Kylie Minogue‘s KISS ME ONCE, now in stores. Download it here.