For anyone who has been following Kylie’s music career over the past several decades, you’d know our girl loves to dabble in a bit of disco.
The disco vibes were evident on her 2000 smash album ‘Light Years’ and as part of her ‘Golden : Live In Concert’ tour in 2018.
Now Kylie’s taken the plunge and done a whole album of disco, fittingly called ‘Disco’, for long player No.15. So is it all glitter and sequins?
From the very first single you knew this album was going to be epic. With a music video for ‘Say Something’ that had every effect known to man thrown at it and a giant golden steed thrown in for good measure, it was bound to be Kylie returning to the sound her fans have grown to love. The song’s message and euphoric beats really got things started.
From album opener ‘Magic’ through to album closer on the standard edition (‘Celebrate You’), the disco sound is alive and well without things feeling clichéd or dated. The songs are fresh and Kylie has never sounded better (as evidenced during her ‘Infinite Disco’ online launch event).
There are several standout songs that, while not immediately catchy, have a knack for sticking around in your head for a while afterwards. ‘Where Does The DJ Go?’ is one of those (I dare you to not be humming “go go go” all afternoon!) as is ‘Supernova’. I also really like ‘Dance Floor Darling’, but the tempo change late in the song doesn’t quite land for me.
The album is not without its flaws. Some of the better songs have been relegated to the deluxe version again (I’m looking at you ‘Lost Without You’ from ‘Golden’)! The cohesiveness that flows through the album is both a blessing and a curse. Had Kylie swapped a couple tracks around, I think it would have been that little bit more dynamic and solved these minor problems. But asides from that, it’s such a great collection of songs.
While ‘Golden’ divided fans for its change in musical direction, it also reset Kylie’s appeal and artistic ability.
She’s run with it for this album with great success and ‘Disco’ is exactly the album needed for 2020.
It’s fun, introspective and quintessentially Kylie.
VERDICT : 4/5.
MUST LISTEN : Magic, Say Something, Supernova, Where Does The DJ Go?, Fine Wine.