REVIEW: MINOGUE’S ALBUM GOES WAY PAST 1ST BASE

By CRISTINA JALERU

Kylie Minogue, “Kiss Me Once” (Warner Bros.)

The latest offering from pop goddess Kylie Minogue is like a narcotic disco dream, slightly confused about the time-space continuum, yet very delightful. With her 12th studio album – her first after signing with Jay Z’s Roc Nation management – Minogue attempts to keep her crown in the dance kingdom – and succeeds – when she’s not trying too hard to upgrade to today’s trends.

Australian wunderkind Sia, who has written for Rihanna, Beyonce and Britney Spears, co-executive produced this tiny gem of dance floor anthems and sex-crazed tunes. When three out of 11 tracks have the word “sex” in their titles, you know what the album is going for – the antechamber to the bedroom of music.

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Minogue excels on songs that are pure bubblegum fun. The Pharrell-penned spring-in-one’s-step “I Was Gonna Cancel,” the vaguely familiar “Sexy Love,” the casually dance-inducing “Feels So Good” and the beguilingly `80s throwback title track bring back a rash of dance memories from Minogue’s golden days circa 2001 with the addictive hits “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and “Love at First Sight.”

934_kylie-minogue-1625759405Sia’s writing contribution to the fun is the aggressively erotic “Sexercize,” a bass-heavy baller of a song that slithers all over your ears and proves that Minogue can deftly rap. Another laidback come-on is the enjoyable “Les Sex.”

The bug in this sextra intoxicating party cocktail is the misguided attempt at a ballad: an irritating duet with Enrique Iglesias’ computer-flavored vocals on “Beautiful.” Just stick to what you do best, kids, separately. You can’t force love on a player of an album.

 

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