Another bright dose of pop confections
Twenty-seven years after “The Loco-Motion” launched her career, Kylie Minogue, who some had figured for a one-hit wonder, has survived both critical scrutiny and ever-evolving musical climates. The semi-plastic pop star with the slightly naughty, girl-next-door charms tried to experiment with her sound and it almost derailed her career. What the public clamors for, the public shall have. Twelfth album “Kiss Me Once” is a case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and who’s to argue with that at this point in the game?
Lead single “Into the Blue” was the obvious contender for the first single to lead the album campaign. While not exactly quintessential Minogue, there’s something euphoric about the ebullient production, perfectly mirroring the liberating lyrics within. Take away the “Ey-oh’s” throughout and the dated synth strings that underlie the orchestra toward the end, and this might actually have been something more noteworthy.
Another year, another Minogue album. The wheel still hasn’t been reinvented, nor should anyone expect it to be at this point. While many artists in the business have needed to reinvent their images and personas each time they return to the spotlight in order to survive, Minogue has consistently released one album after another of habit-forming pop confections, without changing her image too drastically. She doesn’t need to. It’s hard to imagine her singing about bouncing buttocks 10 years from now, but only time will tell. “Kiss Me Once” isn’t a game-changing album, but it should churn out enough hits to secure her place on the pop culture radar until her next offering.
Ryan Lathan, PopMatters.com