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article imageReview: Kylie Minogue releases new album, Kiss Me Once Special

By Kathleen Creighton     Mar 18, 2014 in Music
Pop empress Kylie Minogue brings her studio album count to an even dozen with the release of 'Kiss Me Once' on March 18th.
Although Kylie Minogue didn't really break into the U.S. market until 2001, this Australian dynamo is a pop legend who has been putting out superb dance songs since 1987. Kiss Me Once is her latest studio album, her first with Roc Notion Management. It is on the Warner Bros. Records / Parlophone label. The collaborative team includes Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM), MNEK (Bastille), and Greg Kurstin (P!nk) among others.
Album #12 is yet another phenomenal pop/dance/disco compilation. In the club or in the car, dust off the mirror ball, toss some confetti in the a/c vents, put on a pair of boogie shoes and crank it up. "Into The Blue" opens this story with that friendly, flirty invitation to join the crowd getting their groove on. First the finger beckons then the hand reaches out, grabs a wrist and tugs. "Sexy Love," "Sexercise" and "Les Sex" are all about it. They're gonna make everyone feel so good about themselves which then will get them looking for a companion to share their spot on the floor. "Beautiful" brought to mind Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" as far as being a truly modern ballad with that great digital effect on the vocals. The song lives up to its title. It is stunning.
Besides sharing the Executive Producer role with Kylie, Sia co-wrote the title track. "Kiss Me Once" is one of those disco songs that has couples doing super-choreographed dance moves. Another song with serious collaborative cred is "I Was Gonna Cancel." Even if people don't see Pharrell Williams name in the liner notes, his contribution is pretty obvious. However, besides his usual style, he also brings elements that nod to another recent collaboration with Daft Punk. Like everything Williams gets his hands on, the track is loaded with hooks that will be sung out loud long after the radio or the iPod is turned off. "Feels Good" is well-placed in the middle of the record. It gives you time to catch your breath, either slow dance or just listen to over a cold beverage. "Fine" is the finest ending for this album. Heels will be kicked up on that final chorus and glitter will fall from the ceiling. Other tracks include: "Million Miles", and "If Only". The deluxe edition will also have two bonus tracks: "Mr President" and "Sleeping With The Enemy".
Considering the size of her catalog and the quality of what is in it, people expect certain things from a Kylie Minogue album and this one does not disappoint. In this era of auto-tune, overproduction and sub-par writing, this is what mainstream pop music, at least in the United States, needs a large helping of. Thankfully, internationally, Ms. Minogue is well established, giving her the opportunity to continue to put out great albums like Kiss Me Once. Order on it on iTunes now.
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