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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 17 January 2016
into the blue
feels so good
if only

for Kylie's 12th studio album, which she was the executive producer along with pop smash Sia, she abandoned the cohesive flow of 'aphrodite' and went for a more ecclectic approach as with 'X'. as usual kylie has roped in a host of people to work with her, including pharell williams, ariel rechtshaid, the aforementioned sia and enrique iglesias.

the opening track 'into the blue' is a great way to start the album, and is an amazing pop song full of hooks and has great lyrics too.. a definite asset to the Kylie's amazing cannon of hit hit singles. she is evening channeling some kate bush prudction on the outstanding 'if only' and the summery cocktail vibe of 'feels so good' is another highlight. in fact the album is peppered with great tracks thoughout, the only spokes in the wheel are the two very generic dance tracks 'million miles' and 'sexy love' both of which a performer of kylie's calibre is above..but overall our favourite aussie delivers yet again.

the two bonus tracks on the deluxe edition are excellent and is very similar in price so opt for that one.
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on 15 August 2015
While not as consistent as 'Aphrodite', 'Kiss Me Once' is still a solid album. Some tracks are better than others, often the case with any album. I like 'Into The Blue' but did find it to be quite typical of her sound, whereas the second single, 'I Was Gonna Cancel' (her collaborative effort with Pharrell) is far better and grabs you straight away. Some may beg to differ, as the single drew a mixed response from both critics and fans, but I love it and for me it's one of the major highlights.

It's true to say that 'Into The Blue' does sound similar to 'All The Lovers'. It's easy to see why it became the first release culled from the project, but as the first single it didn't really bring any surprises. The thumping bass on 'Million Miles' is packed with an infectious arrangement, making this seem like ideal single fodder, as is the case with 'Sexy Love', which really bares a contagious hook. 'Sexercize' has grown on me since I first purchased this album. I found it silly and a little too forced an effort on my first listen, but since then I've grown to really like it. Things are more mellow on the R&B-flavoured and dreamy 'Feels So Good'. 'If Only' packs a wallop, but somehow is less effective than some of the other tracks here, while the stomping 'Les Sex' is another highlight that I think would have made the perfect first single.

The title-track seems like an affectionate throw-back to her late 80s era, only with much more fire and flair and serves as a welcome inclusion. 'Beautiful', the duet with Enrique Iglesias, while being far from the best track is certainly not as bad as some make it out to be. Their actually is good vocal chemistry that shines through on here, but working far better is the hip final track 'Fine', another irresistible dance-pop confection which Kylie has such an uncanny knack for.

All in all, it's a worthwhile album and essential to any Kylie fan. Some may quibble about some of the American-style sounds that flow through the entire project, but this isn't really a distraction.

Ian Phillips
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on 30 May 2014
Being a longtime Kylie fan, and considering the string of hits in her back catalogue, I have to admit to being slightly disappointed by this release. Poorly promoted with bad single choices, the cynic in me feels like this is a rushed perfunctory release to give Kylie an excuse to tour.

Having said that, this is mostly very listenable (if slightly forgettable) pop music and it has definitely grown on me after a few listens. It's got plenty of upbeat songs which suit her voice, and for the most part the songs sound well produced and current.

The standout tracks for me: Into The Blue, Sexy Love, I Was Gonna Cancel, Kiss Me Once, If Only and Sleeping With The Enemy.

NB Sexercise is a really terrible track, I actually struggle to listen to it. Tired, dated dubstep with cringey lyrics. I don't care much for the Enrique Iglesias duet either but it's not awful just my personal taste.

In a nutshell, I like it but wish they had spent a bit more time making this a bit more of a killer album. This is worth a buy for Kylie fans. Get the deluxe edition for "Sleeping With The Enemy"... why that song is a bonus track is a bit puzzling to me as it's great.
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on 19 March 2014
Hmm, I'm a Brit that lives in the US and have been an advocate of Kylie's over here for many years. For too long in America Ms. Minogue was only known for 2 songs, The Locomotion and Can't Get You Out Of My Head. I have to say that my American friends have never thought much of Kylie, much to my annoyance. But then they didn't grow up with her or watch Neighbours. What has happened to her voice though? When I played them really early Kylie they did not believe it was the same person. They liked it. A lot. Indeed her voice sounds SO much stronger, richer and fuller on the first 4 albums. On this album she sounds extremely nasally and becomes ever more girly and breathy, quite disposable and with zero depth. As on every album since the brilliant Light Years. It has become increasingly annoying. Sorry Kylie but I want the warmth back. Maybe it was the SAW touch.
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on 2 April 2014
A really nice album but some strange choices of singles, and bonus tracks. Its just seems they decide to always skip releasing some of the best songs on Kylies albums and focus on the least popular and desperate dare I say.

Over the years Kylie has thrown away so many great single potentials and looks like they are doing it again with this album.

Not including Sleeping with the enemy on the main album is total madness. Million Miles, If Only, Les Sex, Feels so good, Fine all great tracks.
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on 30 November 2015
An amazing vinyl for an insanely low price! When I first saw this deal, I thought Amazon had mistaken the vinyl for the CD, but I decided to try my luck... You can imagine my surprise when I received the LP and realized not only it was a double vinyl edition, but it also contained the CD (with two additonal bonus tracks) and a digital download! The overall product looks amazing.
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on 19 October 2016
Extremely disappointing album. I have been a loyal Kylie fan since I Should Be So Lucky but I have to be honest and say that this album has done nothing for her career. There isn't one song that stands out on it. Into The Blue is a forgettable track, Sexercise is cringeworthy, both the song and the video, I Was Gonna Cancel was quite weak. I attended one of her shows on her Kiss Me Once tour and I noticed that when she sang songs from this album, the crowd lost interest and went to the bar. Everyone was interested in her SAW section and the likes of Can't Get You Outta My Head, Slow, Love At First Sight etc. She didn't even sell out the arena for this tour which is so unlike Kylie as usually she's putting on at least 3 nights in one arena in one city. The concert wasn't bad but it wasn't anywhere near the standard of her previous tours. Hopefully she's realised that she should stick to what she's good at, which is pop, and releases a decent pop album next time!!!!!
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on 21 March 2014
This album is amazing! Kylie sounds soo crisp and sexy on certain songs .her 12th album is one of my favourite albums of her back catalogue , kylie maybe older than half the female singers out there but she is better than all of them she is showing them how its done xx love love this album buy buy it xx
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on 12 May 2014
Another high quality vinyl record offered by Kylie.
A nice, uplifting disco-pop album that offers a fresh breeze compared to the raunchy, loud tracks that are shoved down our throats by the modern music industry.
The only downside to this release is the fact that the two bonus tracks offered by the deluxe edition of the (included) CD aren't
featured on the vinyl disc as well.
Track 13 - Sleeping With The Enemy is a great song that should have made the final cut, it's actually one of the best songs of the album.
Still five out of five stars though, not a single lame track on this record, just a few great songs that are a little more appealing than the other great ones.
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on 29 March 2014
On the first listen I really thought that Kylie had blown it however after a few plays this album is up there with X and impossible princess. 100 times better than the generic Aphrodite and Fever albums. This is most probably the first Kylie album that I don't skip any tracks.
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