Kylie Minogue - 'All The Lovers'
It'd be really easy to get carried along on the wave of goodwill that surrounds and carries Kylie in everything she does, and to conclude that any song which features her soft, deep, velvety tones is an instant classic. Especially her first song for a while. She is, after all, KYLIE MINOGUE (in starry letters with a twinkle on top).
But that would be bad manners. If she deserves anything it's the knowledge that even though putting out rubbish records would not dent the public's affection in any way, we can still tell the difference between "OMG it's KYLIE! She's BACK!" and "aww, look, it's Kylie. She came back."
Luckily for everyone concerned, the correct response to this BELTER is the one with all the exclamation marks in.
(Here's the video. Sex mountain!)
Just listen to that chorus! It's elegiac, sounding more like a sobbing prayer for the dead than the call to sex-heaven you might've expected from the title. Which makes the verses transform from a straightforward plea for dancefloor action into what sounds like a demand that everyone join Kylie for one last dance before things become spoiled forever.
It's that dancing/crying/loving feeling that Robyn nailed so brilliantly on 'Dancing On My Own', but applied to everyone in a universal gesture of affection and regret.
And if all that sounds like I've got a bit carried away, well it's only right and proper. Electropop carries mournful and starchy emotions like these better than almost any other form of popular music. It's about showing an inch of your feelings, while hinting at the miles and miles of true boiling turmoil under the surface. Far more powerful than having a big old shout, because people can hear that you're trying to keep yourself under control.
Not that Kylie sounds unduly strained. She's far too busy dispensing healing power rays from her golden throat. She's a shining light in a dark sky. She's the lead angel in a choir of eternal wonder. She's the golden, glorious conduit, nay lightning rod for all of these powerful emotions, raining down bliss from on hi...ah. Oh.
Sorry, don't know what came over me there. Is it hot in here? Just me? Oh.
The Reflective Inklings says: "This is how music should be done, ladies."
Muu Muse says: "To no one's surprise in particular, Kylie Minogue's kick-off single from her upcoming studio release, 'Aphrodite', is a work of art."
New Music Reviews says: "Classic Kylie; slow-building, adding layers of subtle electronic instrumentation, all moving towards the ecstatic, breathtaking chorus.."