For 27 years now, Kylie Minogue has been able to maintain her pop queen status by sticking to her fun and frothy formula. She never feels like an artist struggling to impose her character in the music world, and so pretty much everyone likes her, a fact that works in her favour all these years. On "Kiss me once", she convenes an elite team of producers / songwriters trying out new sounds, which she conforms to her glam dance-pop aesthetic. Her incomparable ear for dance-floor gold material proves her right yet once again. Framed by 2 outstanding examples of beautifully crafted pop - lead single "Into the blue" and closing track "Fine" - what we get is a handful of great moments, a bunch of fillers, some sexy lyrics, lots of playful fun; pretty much everything found on any Kylie album.
Kylie is a master in getting good material out of her collaborators, a tradition that began with Stock / Aitken / Waterman back in the 80s, and is now continued into the age of Sia and Pharell. "Kiss me once" is depthless, harmless fun at its best. The standout track, however, is a "serious" moment rather than the deliciously infectious poppiness of "Les sex" and "Sexercize"; "Sleeping with the enemy" is a Massive Attack-influenced beauty, criminally left out of the standard tracklist. You cannot blame Kylie for consistently delivering catchy, bubblegum hits, but therein lies her strength; her effortless ability (or well-practised tactic) to turn anything cheesy and contrived into something positive, enjoyable, and utterly her own. I'd most definately like to kiss her once ...I should be so lucky!