There’s not much Kylie hasn’t done in 27 years of pop superstardom, so it makes sense that ‘Kiss Me Once’ is basically Kylie by numbers.
She has literally done it all musically, from R&B to indie to just plain bizarre (‘German Bold Italic’ anyone?), so it’s fair to say that Kylie knows what her fans expect from her by now.
‘Into The Blue’ is basically a four minute long Kylie moment (which Popjustice once defined as a moment of “slightly unexpected surging emotion”). According to the video it’s about being in love, but in our eyes it’s about breaking free from the past, both of which are tried and true Kylie motifs.
Another common Kylie motif is sex, with three sex-related songs on ‘Kiss Me Once’.
Let’s keep this brief; ‘Les Sex’ is camp and fun, ‘Sexy Love’ is nothing special and ‘Sexercise’ is nauseating. The Enrique Iglesias duet ‘Beautiful’ is also a bit lacklustre, perhaps relying too much on the vocoder effect.
The vocoder is also quite evident on album closer ‘Fine’, whose best bits are the male adlibs on the edge of the chorus.
In contrast, the title track manages to sound like it could belong on a number of Kylie albums, including from her SAW days in the 1980s. We are also impressed by the Pharrell Williams-produced ‘I Was Gonna Cancel’.
When we heard Pharrell was producing songs for the album we were concerned, but ‘I Was Gonna Cancel’ makes complete sense, nodding to Pharrell’s Daft Punk influence and Kylie’s pop sensibilities.
As a whole, ‘Kiss Me Once’ is basically ‘Aphrodite’ part two, but it’s understandable why she’s gone down this path.
Kylie’s career is simply not what it used to be, and this (along with her new role as judge on ‘The Voice’) almost seems to be the death of ‘Experimental Kylie’. Not that we as pop lovers mind, because the world is simply a better place when we get more Kylie moments.
Download : Into The Blue, I Was Gonna Cancel, Les Sex, Kiss Me Once