It’s clear that 2018 is the year of gorgeous Australian women. First, we saw Courtney Act win Celebrity Big Brother UK back in February. Now, Kylie Minogue is back with a brand new album!
Kylie has released her fourteenth studio album Golden, and it’s set to top the UK album charts this week. Other than her parade into Christmas music, Golden is her first release since 2014’s Kiss Me Once. If all goes well, it could also be her first UK number 1 album in over a decade.
The artwork reads Kylie: Golden, after her run ins with Kylie Jenner attempting to trademark the name for merchandising purposes. Kylie was a pop icon long before the word icon started being taken lightly, so this is an important statement. She’s the Princess of Pop!
This time around, she has reinvented herself. Golden takes us down a heartfelt country road, singing about love, music, and living life.
A lot of this album was recorded in Nashville, with Kylie dipping her toe into a country sound fused with her signature dance-pop. It feels classically Kylie, with the addition of a guitar and a pair of cowgirl boots.
Nothing on the album treads the country-pop tightrope better than the album’s first single Dancing, or the title track Golden. There’s a country sound with a clear Nashville story-teller’s influence, packed with the dance-floor ready choruses we would ask of a Kylie album.
It’s always a risk to explore a new genre. Country music is a very different lane to the market-ready pop we would expect as Kylie fans. It won’t appeal to everyone, and songs like A Lifetime To Repair and Stop Me From Falling will either make you want to sign up for line dancing classes, or switch off altogether.
The album has a lot of heart. There’s a sense of an epiphany, with Kylie wanting to Live A Little and do the things she doesn’t want to regret missing out on. Golden is a risk, an adventure down a new road. It feels like she ventured out to Music City, and was reminded just what music is. It can be an escape, a release, an expression of love, it’s about life. The most important message to take from this album is how important it is for us not to forget to dance.
Golden has a wealth of experience, an array of colours, and a heart of gold. It feels honest, and hopeful.
There’s a track for every occasion.
Need to cry it out? Head straight for Music’s Too Sad Without You or Sincerely Yours.
Or if you need reminding that music can make it all better, listen to Radio On.
For classic Kylie fans, you’ll want the dance tracks. You’re looking for Raining Glitter, Live A Little and Every Little Part of Me. Raining Glitter is just as camp as it sounds, reminiscent of 2000’s Spinning Around. It perfectly captures missing the last train home because you’re just loving life.
Stand out tracks from the album include Lost Without You, a pop masterpiece complete with dramatic monologue. Also, Love, a simple but anthemic celebration of believing in love.
This album takes us to the rodeo, but doesn’t disconnect from all of the things we love about Kylie. The single Dancing sits right at home in her discography, and the rest of the album follows suit.
Kylie has always been golden, but this album has made it official.
Golden is available on iTunes, now!
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