Kylie Minogue – 'Kiss Me Once' album review

Minogue remains in vogue by doing what she does best: pure pop

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<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5


Lately, Kylie Minogue has been giving off mixed messages. First she split from her long-term manager and joined Jay Z’s Roc Nation stable, suggesting a desire to explore cooler musical territory – more hip hop, less dance-pop. Then, just months later, she signed up to ‘coach’ on mumsy BBC talent show ‘The Voice’. Was the little Aussie pop rocket actually heading to the middle of the road after all?

Either both moves were red herrings or the singer got cold feet, as ‘Kiss Me Once’ is basically a typical Kylie Minogue album – albeit a very good one. Sure, the disco-ish ‘I Was Gonna Cancel’ boasts production from chart-dominating trendsetter Pharrell Williams, and there’s a dreadful dubstep-flecked dirge called ‘Sexercize’, but generally, pure sparkly pop is the order of the day.

Though it lacks a single as indelible as ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’, the singer’s twelfth studio album has plenty of catchy, likeable pop bangers. The title track has a gorgeous chorus you’ll hum for days, ‘Feels So Good’ is a sublime electro slow-burner, and ‘Sexy Love’ will fill dancefloors from Oldham to Old Compton Street.

Best of all is the ludicrous ‘Les Sex’, on which Minogue, 46 next birthday, carries off lines like ‘Les love, les sex, les hand on les leg’. Seriously, what a pop star.


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