When you’re Kylie Minogue, you move with grace. Your elegance matched by your vitality and how deceptively sexy and youthful your looks are. You’re unusually short, but have the power to stun a room full of both young and old into a chorus of elongated inhalations as they all stand mesmerised by your presence. When you’re Kylie Minogue, you don’t even to need speak, to let out your beautifully sexy, well-elecuted voice dripping with charisma and Aussie goodness ring out; you just need to smile, through gorgeously white teeth and a perfect set of deliriously seductive lips. When you’re Kylie Minogue, your devilish smile, it’s beauty reflected by your piercing blue eyes, alight with passion, could make any room brighten up. And not once has she ever had to take her clothes off.
Of course, Kylie’s been around the pop block a bit, hasn’t she? Starting out with a small acting role in ‘Neighbours’ she’s managed to become one of Australia’s and indeed the World’s best-loved pop stars. And not once has she sold herself, or her music, with provocativity. Unless you include ‘Spinning Around’, which featured Kylie donning some deliciously revealing hot pants, but come on… that was the 90’s! This is the Now. The Now, where tonnes of new artists to the industry are selling themselves with sex, sexual videos and sexual lyricism – Tinie Tempah, Pixie Lott, Ke$ha, and Lady GaGa, to name a few.
Even Kylie’s has to sex up a smidgeon.
So, during the song, it’s not surprising to hear it’s not just the pop block that Kylie’s been around quite a bit – “All the lovers/That have gone before/They don’t compare to you”. Dear me, Jools Holland would have a FIT if he invited Kylie on his show and she sang this, just listen to those filthy lyrics! Surely such a pop veteran shouldn’t be resorting to such promiscuous behaviour, and just LOOK at that video!
No, in all seriousness, Kylie sounds more on-top-of-the-game on this record than she done in a long while, the production is an obvious Stuart Price work, with the euphoric texture of holy cotton-wool. And whilst I feel this sounds like she’s trying a bit hard to imitate pop’s current classy dame, the queen of icy electropop, with a super-seductive voice who, despite the poor performance of last single ‘Bittersweet’, has plenty of hits to come from fourth LP ‘Straight To The Heart’, none-other than Miss. Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Kylie’s velvety smooth voice mixes with the flawless production to create a brilliant summer pop gem, and one of Kylie’s most eagerly anticipated comeback since… well, since ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’.
I’m glad Kylie’s gone a bit flirty on this one, the video alone should get it to #1, but I think she’s going to regret releasing it on downloads two weeks before the official release, that said, nothing can detract from that chorus, deliciously catchy, slightly camp, hands-in-the-air vibe… pure brilliance.
And for your viewing pleasure, and because I’m so good to all you loyal readers, here’s a video of the magnificent Scissor Sisters performing a soft rock version of the song for Radio 1’s Live Lounge.
Now wasn’t that fun?
Rating: 4.5 STARS
Download: June 14, 2010 (OUT NOW)
Featured Album: ‘Aphrodite’