Kylie Minogue: ‘Body Language’ – Album Review

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Released: November 10, 2003

Back in 1997, Ms. Kylie Minogue released her most accomplishing set of music, the ever-so-notorious Impossible Princess. This was a source from a brand new retrospect of fame, self-discovery, and pushing the boundaries further, topping it off with autobiographical lyrics and strong selection of genres. After that, Kylie re-invented yet again and channeled a rather devilish yet sexy image with Light Years in 2000, and Fever the following year. She is never one to push a heap of feelings or personal association with her tracks, only delivering some guilty pleasurable sounds and sensual vocals that hit it off quite well. But while Light Years and Fever were little drip-drops to this change, her 2003 record Body Language is a little more different.

Body Language maybe just a simple pop album with a blend of retro beats and sexy lyrics, but it’s actually her first major image and sound-esque departure/move since the changes between her 1994 self-titled record and Impossible Princess. There’s no trace of eurodisco realness, or polished disco music. It’s a record that boasts funky R&B rhythms, slinky synthpop, and essential hot dance sounds. Check out the 8bit-influenced anthem “Slow”, the stylish LA pop track “Promises”, and funk-inspired hit “Sweet Music”, all recipes to the typical Kylie sound. But, to say the least, it’s probably ranks alongside Impossible Princess as Kylie’s biggest re-invention in her career in terms of sound (and of course what she ACTUALLY looks like on the album artwork and photoshoot… 1970s diva anyone?).

I mean, at least three-quarters of the record is smeared with urban roots and shindigs, including the mysterious “Red Blooded Woman”, the squeaky “Still Standing”, the slow-jam “Someday”, and even an exclusive debut rap in the verses of “Secret (Take You Home)”. These four tracks, minus “Red Blooded Woman”, may not be her most recognizable moments or stronger inclusions to the collection, but they all fit the dynamic of the albums sound and production like a puzzle. But the sound develops and becomes more complete in tracks like the repetitious “Obsession”, the 90’s trip-hop “Loving Days”, and the sensual hits “After Day”, “Chocolate”, and “Slo Motion”.

On another good note, Kylie’s vocals on the record sound so much better and comfortable than any other work she has induced in for ages, but without sounding too forced or unnatural. Although there are some skippable moments such as “Somedays” or “Sweet Music”, Body Language works a lot well as a collection of classy presentation, steamy vocals, and sheer brilliant sounds and hooks. It shows Kylie at her best and doesn’t transition her as a try hard act of 2003 (I could count so many, but I don’t have enough fingers to do so…); she’s a class act that plays it safe on the record.

 

Track list (Bold means best tracks)

  1. Slow
  2. Still Standing
  3. Secret (Take You Home)
  4. Promises
  5. Sweet Music
  6. Red Blooded Woman
  7. Chocolate
  8. Obsession ~Liam’s favorite~
  9. I Feel For You
  10. Someday
  11. Loving Days
  12. After Dark
  13. Slo Motion

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