Kylie Minogue: Kiss Me Once

1 Apr


Kylie has described her music as sounding like it’s sprinkled with fairy dust, but you have to wonder how much of it went up her nose while making Kiss Me Once, her first album under Jay Z’s Roc Nation. With throw away lyrics set to even more disposable dance beats, it seems her new management would rather see Australia’s darling make tepid commercial pop, than appreciate the distinct talent Minogue possesses.

Of the generous thirteen tracks available, only I Was Gonna Cancel sounds like Kylie. With its retro 80s feel and buoyant lyrics, the song gives the album a much needed injection of playfulness, perhaps owing to it having been written by musical prodigy Pharrell Williams. The remainder make ham fisted attempts at emulating artists half her age like Katy Perry (even mentioning fireworks just in case you didn’t pick up on the similarity yourself), Rihanna and Lady Gaga. For a woman whose done more for pop music simply by wearing a snood, surely her own legacy should be more than enough to stand on without having to keep up with the current crop of pop stars. If that isn’t bad enough, Kylie’s trademark innate sexuality is turned into a grotesque caricature with not one but three tracks having sex in the title, the most laughable being Les Sex (because nothing adds an air of the exotic to playing hide-the-baguette like a little bit of french, haugh haugh haugh).

When the dust finally settles on Kiss Me Once none of these tracks is still going to be getting air time, while Kylie classics such as In Your Eyes and Two Hearts will still be doing the rounds on pop stations. Give it a miss.






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