Has there ever been an album as hotly anticipated as Kylie’s X? Same Same has had a listen and we’ve got the verdict for you – track by track.
2 Hearts – We’ve all heard it and we’ve all fallen in love with it. This is the new electro-pop goddess in all her glory, picking up exactly where Alison Goldfrapp left off on “Ooh La La”. Are we in love? Yes Kylie, we are.
Like A Drug – Have you ever wondered what type of tune Britney could create if she had half a clue about melody and hooks? The most likely next single from the new album features simple, pared back verses and more hooks than a fishing convention. As Kylie breathes “I could make it real, you’ve got me hooked,” you actually end up believing her.
In My Arms – It’s clear Kylie’s been doing her homework, keeping up to date with Justice and M.A.N.D.Y and the rest of the electro-rop (that’s rock/pop) explosion. With fierce bass lines and a rocking chorus, Miss Minogue has another sure-fire hit with this one. Sing along with me: “How does it feel in my arms?”
Speakerphone – Push past the harmonica opening, and you’ve got one of Kylie’s most adventurous tracks. Sung in a monotone style (like a speakerphone, geddit?), there’s more than a touch of Daft Punk in the repeated words offered up here. This is not a single, but give it a good remix and it’s got cred written all over it.
Sensitized – There were high hopes from this Guy Chambers and Cathy Dennis track (using a sample from French singer Serge Gainsbourg), but it sounds like this is on the wrong album. Ignoring the yummy electro goodness of previous tracks, the aurally busy song seems to take a step sideways, sounding closer to an Impossible Princess off-cut than anything else on X. What went wrong?
Heart Beat Rock – It wouldn’t be a Kylie album if there wasn’t some good ‘ol white girl rap on it. In her best MIA voice, with the minimalist backing of just a plain beat box and the occasional snare, Heart Beat Rock is the Calvin Harris-produced interpretation of a Kylie track. It’s hot, it’s divisive and it’s sure to provoke a love/hate relationship with her fans.
The One – The Freemasons know how to make Kylie sound good, and she doesn’t sound better anywhere on this album than right here. With an unexpected chorus of “I’m the one. Love me, love me, love me, love me”, the trademarked Freemasons’ pulsing beats make this one of the standouts on X. Expect to be dancing in nightclubs to this very soon.
No More Rain – Of course there was always going to be the post-cancer song, and this sickly sweet track is it. It opens with the line “Have you ever thought that the sky was endlessly dark, and then you look up see a million stars?” But despite its lyrics being written for six-year olds, it’s hard to dislike.
All I See – Kylie does RnB, channeling her best Janet Jackson impersonation on this track. With soft whispering tones and a strange beguiling accent, this is the most un-Kylie that Kylie has ever sounded. With the right film clip, this could have her sitting pretty back at the top of the US charts. Watch out America.
Stars – With its largely forgettable melody and predictable beat, this Kylie track would be better suited to a Dannii album. Next!
Wow – Just when you thought you knew what to expect from X, Madonna’s Holiday meets Celebrate on this obscenely 80s throw back. As Kylie sings: “wo-wo-wo-wo-wow!” and we couldn’t put it any better.
Nu-Di-Ty – Kylie’s clearly had Ciara in her iPod and goes all urban on us with this new track. Cut up vocals and a healthy use of the vocoder could have Missy Elliot asking for her sound back. But hey, at least she’s experimenting, right?
Cosmic – A very typical Kylie track to close the album, this overwrought ballad touches on the real Kylie (outside of her typical “I’m in love! Woo!” sentiments). “It was like I’m asleep, now I’m here” she sings. And we couldn’t be any more glad that Kylie has woken up again.
All hail Miss Minogue.