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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

New Album Review - Kylie Minogue - Kiss Me Once

After scoring massive ratings success as a judge on The Voice UK, it’s time for Kylie Minogue to return to her roots as she releases her new album Kiss Me Once. However is it any good or should she hang up the gold hot pants for good…

You can’t knock the singer for getting out there to promote her new album, with the exposure brought on by the reality TV show aside, its has been the not so secret gigs that have helped create hype about the singers twelfth studio album

The album is Kylie’s first since signing to Roc Nation Management and was executively produced by Kylie and Sia, who co-wrote the title track. Not only that, she has pulled in super producers Pharrell, MNEK, Ariel Rechtshaid and Greg Kurstin, so surely the album would be amazing…


Let’s just say it, its no Aphrodite, however it isn’t all bad, but then it isn’t all good. Lets start with lead single Into The Blue. It’s classic Kylie. Full stop. It has all the elements of a classic Kylie track however it definitely has a new vibe to it, a killer hook and Kylie's vocal is on point in this beautiful pop track. 

Million Miles produced by Cutfather who was responsible for Get Outta My Way is an upbeat pop gem, with some pulsating beats and synths, that is playful and no doubt serve as a forthcoming single and that will have some killer remixes. I Was Gonna Cancel was written and produced by super star Pharrell however we felt it was a bit weak on first listen, however has grown on us. Phew.

The main theme of Kiss Me Once is sex, with three songs having "sex" in their title alone, something that Kylie has 'blamed' Sia for, as she took to executively producing the album.  Seen through such tracks as funky jam Sexy Love which has a punchy fun upbeat chorus but no overwhelming Wow factor. Les Sex heads down the europop route, with some ridiculous hooks in the MDNR produced track and things get sensual in Sexercise, however the name is the most interesting this about this song and we would throw it in the same bucket as Nudity from X. We are still not fans.

Other tracks that are definitely worth listening to are Feels So Good produced by Rudimental’s MNEK a song originally by Tom Aspaul, which is now sung by Kylie, with some special production but not much “Kylieness” however is pleasant enough.  If Only is a Kylie reflective ballad that we are liking, produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen who have masterminded tracks for Haim and Charli XCX. 

Then surprisingly, the title track Kiss Me Once, also co-written by Sia, is one of the stand outs on the album. With chiming bells, great production and a exploding chorus, it’s a Kylie anthem that sings of love winning everytime.

Then to end the album, the slow burning duet Beautiful with latin heart throb Enrique Iglesias  grows on you over time and Fine has a 90's house theme, with good production and pulsating beats that could of easily featured on Aphrodite.

In summary, Kiss Me Once is not as sleek and polished as its predecessor and its trying to be too much too many audiences. It feels like it is jumbled in places, similar to what we saw on her tenth studio album X.

That said, after listening to the album over the last few weeks, it has grown on us and has some great tracks that will keep Kylie fans entertained for the next few months. However don’t expect a WOW factor kiss with tongues, its more a friendly kiss from Kylie on both cheeks like the French do it.

SCP Rating 7/10

Kiss Me Once is available on iTunes pre-order now..!

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