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Brilliant! Pop meets classic
on 18 February 2014
I've enjoyed listening to Kylie before, but not enough to buy one of her albums. Having seen her recently on BBC's The Voice, I thought I'd see what she'd been doing lately, and came across The Abbey Road Sessions. I love all kinds of music; pop, rock, country, classical; and this album is simply superb because it takes some great pop songs and provides a classical twist. This is a very classy album, there's some terrific material here. It's not really classical in the sense of going to see a concert at the Festival Hall, there's all sorts of other instruments used. Better the Devil You Know, starts with just voice, piano and backing singers, and later introduces a jazz guitar. Hand On Your Heart uses drum, bass, guitar and synthesizer. Finer Feelings starts with a string orchestra but soon sounds like the opening track to a James Bond movie. Can't Get You Out of My Head sounds like a soundtrack from a thriller, with it's stabbing strings and pulsing bass drum. And Locomotion, what can I say? With R&B honker sax it sounds like one of my favourite numbers from Sister Act!
I love this album, every track is a sound sensation, and it is so refreshing to have an artist record material like this. I would strongly disagree with anyone who says that Kylie's voice doesn't lend itself to material like this. I think her voice is magical and shines more in this kind of material than in any of her previous work. The album is wonderful, the orchestrations could fit the soundtrack to any number of movies, and Kylie made a good move in producing this album. More please! (Do you do requests?!)