Im more the kind of person that has casually followed her career and enjoyed alot of what she has done
One thing you can say about Kylie is that she has had many, many hits and primarily she has always played to her strengths as a disco queen peddling uplifting dance pop
I would always have considered her a singles artist, but i actually purchased and enjoyed the whole Aphrodite album and really saw her in a new light then
so when i heard she was reworking some of her hits, i thought i'll pass on this, but i finally gave in after her recent performance on Alan Carr's Chatty Man... her stripped down performance of Come Into My World there was spellbinding, as it is on the album
It shouldnt work- taking songs that were huge hits and turning them on their heads into totally different ones - but it does
I would have considered her voice pretty weak, but it certainly can carry these songs beautifully
the arrangements are so beautifully stripped back that the lyrics shine in a new light that they never could have in their disco-dance formats.
All in all, this is a fine album and a great nod to her 25 years in the business. As she matures with age, a project like this shows, she actually has quite a strong career and backcatalogue to her name
It's quite refreshing to see her step out of the hotpants and disco/ dance comfort zone she has built much of her success on, many an artist wouldn't be brave enough to try something different like this if trying something different hadnt worked in the past for them,
It seems when Indie Kylie failed to fly with the general public, she didnt take it to heart too much, she is still willing to try something different,
I also love how she has been so confident in this album that she has performed so many different tracks on her tv promo appearances, she hasn't just stuck to the same song or even Flower as her single, she has confidently performed a variety of the tracks
You can certainly sense her heart and soul are in this project and it's by no means a cynical cashing-in-on-her-hits exercise that you might fear it is
Highlights on this album for me are the lush Come Into My World, the sparse yet beautiful Never Too Late, the jazzy On A Night Like This, the soulful and acoustic-sounding All The Lovers and I Believe In You and Can't Get You Out Of My Head gets a really vibrant re-working thanks to some energetic strings.
Definitely an interesting album, maybe not one for her dance-pop fans solely but maybe one for some new fans ?