Album review: Kiss Me Once by Kylie Minogue

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“I don’t care if the world is mine/Cos this is all I know,” declares Australian songstress Kylie Minogue in her current single Into The Blue, the opening track on this, her first album of original songs in four years.

A radio-friendly dancefloor anthem, it certainly feels like a return to the Kylie we know after a brief and not entirely successful flirtation with jazzy orchestration on her 2012 greatest-hits-revisited disc Abbey Road Sessions.

Indeed the rest of this album is much in the same vein – immaculately produced electro-pop that despite raunchy titles such as Sexy Love, Les Sex and, ahem, Sexercize, is unlikely to frighten the horses – or producers of daytime radio programmes – too much.

Kylie’s actually at her best when revealing a hint of vulnerability in the sweet, twinkly Feels So Good. The more strident If Only, with its big synth surges, and Les Sex, with its juddering bassline, feel like she’s trying too hard to sound contemporary, rather than timeless.

The nu-disco vibe of I Was Gonna Cancel is better, drawing as it does on producer and co-writer Pharrell Williams’ collaborations with Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers; it’s debateable, however, if Beautiful, her duet with Enrique Iglesias, is improved by layers of digital vocal effects.

That said, Kiss me Once is one of Kylie’s most consistent enjoyable albums and, given her current status as the queen of primetime Saturday night television, as a judge on the BBC One show The Voice, seems guaranteed to propel her once again to dizzy chart heights.

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