Kylie Minogue: ‘X’ – Album Review

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Released: November 2, 2007

In 2005, Kylie Minogue was caught in a whirlwind of tabloid drama when she announced that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had just been traveling around Australia for her Showgirl concert tour, until the bombshell came in and put her off with any promotional activities. Ms. Kylie, the fighter and courageous pop idol she is, decided to take this entire period off and re-invent herself once more by writing personal and empowering material for her record, which is the 2007 one-letter (or numerical, whatever the case is) titled record, X.  

X is no consistent collection, to say the least. Of course it’s an album based off electronic synths, fun hooks and perky delivery on Minogue’s behalf, but she serves it like a one-man circus. One minute she’s sensual on the classic rock tune “2 Hearts”, the next she’s some high school cheerleader in the cheesy electro pomper “Heart Beat Rock”, then she moves on to a more wise and gentle soul in anthems such as “No More Rain” and “Cosmic”. It’s a real nice and decent start, but it’s too over the place. She then dabs into a generic R&B beat on “All I See” (which is nice, but I’m pretty sure that backing track has been used sooooo many times), and goes bonkers with a more X-rated cheerleader chant in “Nu-Di-Ty”. Kylie has enough charisma and charm to play these tracks on and on, but they start to get a bit annoying after a while and you question yourself, “Kylie… what?”.

However, when it comes to catchy club moments, Kylie plays her strengths, especially on “Wow” and “Stars”, both sugary pop tunes that chant classic Kylie. The icy electro duo: “Like a Drug” and “In My Arms” also serve well to the record, but “Speakerphone”, the following song, really hits the nail on the head; it’s intelligently written, hooky as hell, and pretty cheeky. Then she gets jiggy with it on the Bhangra-riddled track “Senzitized”, which is the album’s only biggest achievement. Even “The One” (no the Freemasons club edit that I kinda wished for) sounds nice on the record, but would prefer it as one of the closing tracks than smacked right in the middle.

As a comeback album, it’s a missed opportunity to really cement Kylie’s return to the pop scene, only just missing those refined moments that could have been worked on a little bit more. But as a Kylie record, it’s a fairly nice album to work with. You get the essentials of a Kylie record; catchy hooks, semi-depthless yet cheeky lyrics and a whole lot of fun, love, and catchy jams, and that’s the most part of the album.

Track list (Bold means best tracks)

  1. 2 Hearts
  2. Like a Drug
  3. In My Arms
  4. Speakerphone
  5. Sensitized
  6. Heart Beat Rock
  7. The One
  8. No More Rain
  9. All I See
  10. Stars ~Liam’s favorite~
  11. Wow
  12. Nu-Di-Ty
  13. Cosmic

 

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