Unlike her first pair of albums, Kylie (1988) and Enjoy Yourself (1989), Rhythm Of Love stands very well. Kylie was still pretty much a product of Stock-Aikten & Waterman's conveyor-belt, hit making factory, but she was clearly adopting a more refined approach to her work and on this album she sparkles vocally.
Better The Devil You Know was one of her greatest acheivements in this era. A sharp-edged pop track containing an effectivley breathy performance from its star, the track quickly raced its way up to the U.K and Australian Top 10 singles charts. Step Back in Time is another inventive pop masterpiece containing compelling undertones of hot, pulsating funk whilst What Do i Have to Do slides back into the more formulaic and familiar sound of the Stock, Aikten and Waterman sound, though is still enduringly effective regardless and exactly the same could be said for Secret and Always Find The Time.
Kylie displays her appealing vocal qualities on the smooth, sensual ballad, The World Still Turns. Most effective is the album version of Shocked. The track has a sharp, rock-edge feel to it, complete with a thrashing guirtar played erratically throughout the track and encapsulates a striking atmospheric feel to it.
One Boy, Girl is a bouncy pop number that sounds very Americanised and even features Kylie performing a rap whilst another atmospheric cut is the fabulous Things Can Only get Better which strongly stands as one of the albums very best recordings. Count The Days is distinctley reminiscent to Madonna's EveryBody whilst the title track, Rhythm Of Love is nothing exceptional in comparison to the rest of the album though still is a sassy, infectious affair at that.
Rhythm Of love showed Kylie maturing as an artist and gave a subtle hint of what was to come. Clearly her best work under the guidance of Stock, Aikten & Waterman. Recommended!