Sexy Kylie feels so good
Kylie Minogue: Kiss Me Once (Sony)
Newly signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation management team, Kylie Minogue has brought out the big guns for her first album in four years: the ubiquitous Pharrell Williams, the hugely influential Stargate production collective and the increasingly in-demand Aussie songwriter Sia Furler all flex their muscles here.
The diminutive Melbourne singer is no stranger to a large team of writers and producers on her albums, but there's a veritable rugby team of talent credited on this one.
Happily, fears about too many cooks spoiling the soup are largely unfounded, as Minogue delves into all facets of an intriguing career in pop to deliver an album for the heart and the dance floor.
Kylie's chipmunk vocals remain as polarising as ever, of course, but for those who get beyond that, there's plenty to appreciate here – including the effervescent title track that harks back, quite deliberately, to her early, post-Neighbours years on the roster of uber-80s producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman.
If Only is a power ballad with a beating heart that's likely to enjoy enormous radio play as we head into summer while Feels So Good – originally recorded under the title of Indiana by R&B newcomer Tom Aspaul – marries pop and soul successfully.
Few albums you'll hear this year are likely to celebrate sex as much as this although the libidinous Les Sex and Sleeping with the Enemy feel distinctly second-rate Kylie.
Yet, even these efforts seem positively thrilling when compared to the handful of pedestrian tracks that pepper the album. Chief among them is Sexercise, which (ironically) manages to be both tired and flaccid.
Key tracks: If Only; Kiss Me Once
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