ALBUM REVIEW: Kylie “Aphrodite”

File:Kylie Minogue - Aphrodite.jpgRecord Label: Parlophone
Release Date: 5th July 2010

Everyone’s favourite Australian pop princess is back with her eleventh studio album “Aphrodite”.

The album sees Kylie go back to what she does best “dancey pop music”, and the result is twelve catchy dance floor fillers, which are pure Kylie.

Executive producer Stuart Price is the mastermind behind the musical development of “Aphrodite” and was heavily involved in the track listing, leaving a number of recorded ballads out in favour of the twelve up tempo numbers.

The single “All The Lovers” is pure electro pop delight, and proves that Kylie is not scared of the likes of Lady Gaga, who has been wearing her crown while she has been away.

“Too Much” co-written by Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) and Calvin Harris, has instant hit written all over it. Catchy, synthetic, and  fun, with a hooky melody and beat, it is a dance floor classic.

Other more surprising contributors to her latest release include Nerina Pallot “Aphrodite”, and Tim Rice-Oxley “Everything is Beautiful”. I say surprising only because they seem unlikely electro pop contributors, but the title track especially is one of the gems on the album.

Kylie has come so far since the “I Should Be So Lucky” days. She is an artist who can continually re-invent herself, and slot perfectly into the musical niche of the current times. Die-hard fans will not be disappointed by her latest release, and my only criticism is the lack of surprises, even if it was just in the form of a hidden track of one of the left out ballads. But Kylie doing what Kylie does best is still a treat to behold, and this release is definitely another must have for your definitive Kylie collection!

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Kim Harrell

VIDEO: Miike Snow “The Rabbit”

There is nothing like a memorable video to bolster an already addictive tune – so Swedish sensations Miike Snow have a sure-fire with the Stuart Price remix of “The Rabbit”. Taken from the re-released deluxe edition of the band’s eponymous album, “The Rabbit” is infectious without being irritating. Yet the video takes proceedings to the next level. We shan’t say anymore and just let you judge for yourselves…

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