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Okay, so I’m only mildly impressed by Kiss Me Once. I can totally jam to it no matter what, but it just feels a little generic and dated. It’s really sad because Kylie is visually, thematically, vocally, and conceptually one of my favorite artists, but the music itself is usually lacking deeper substance. I mean, pop music IS that way. Compared with Lady Gaga, for example (just hear what I have to say, I don’t like one better than the other) - Gaga is SO involved with her music and she is always introducing ideas and her thought process and personal life is reflected in her music. Lana Del Rey is another good example of this. This is not to say Kylie has any less talent than them. This is because Kylie does not write her own music. I can’t stand it when artists don’t write their own music, because it usually ends up being meaningless love or breakup songs, like most of Kylie’s songs. And the thing is, I know Kylie CAN write. She just doesn’t, and subsequently puts out a mediocre album for her level of talent and experience.
Which leads to the other feeling I get when I listen to this album - Kylie herself is mentally done with being a music artist. I know that is depressing to think about, but we have heard her say several times how she is getting older and she really wants to start a normal family before it is too late. With Andres gone now and her having to start from scratch, I have a feeling she just does not want to deal with work and music and simply wants to find love and family somewhere. And rightfully so. She deserves it after decades of hard work and quality results. However, rather than continue to make impacts, she is turning to the easiest way to get work done/get music out - dance-pop. People buy that shit up even though it has no substance. But it means she can easily make an album with little to no involvement and also please the fans. This might be an extremely cynical view of what Kylie may or may not be feeling, but that’s what I felt from the quality lacking in Kiss Me Once.
In the end, I just hope that Kylie still enjoys what she does. She is one of the most legendary artists to ever live, and I don’t want that to also be the source of disappointment for her. I hope she goes on tour for the album and finds her love of performing again, because that’s where she always slays. The album has highlights (Into The Blue, Feels So Good, If Only, and Kiss Me Once are the only tracks I will be replaying constantly, I think), but overall it is just very soul-less. This doesn’t hold a candle to her two other recent dance releases, X and Aphrodite. I personally don’t want Kylie to retire, but I also don’t want her to feel forced to make music. That takes the love out of it. I’d love for her to fall in love and start a family and then personally write her own new album that is not dance-pop. She needs something heartfelt, maybe a bit serious, maybe a bit funny or romantic. Just something that comes from her. Straight from her heart and that creative little head of hers. Kiss Me Once is not Kylie. I hope she finds inspiration with the next one. And I hope she takes her time to find it.
Kylie Minogue and team avoided an illegal leak of Kiss Me Once (amazing feat in this day and age) but you can now stream the album in its entirety via Kylie’s official Soundcloud! I’ve been fortunate enough to have an album stream of Kiss Me Once for the past month and am excited for all the Kylie fans to soak in the POP-perfection that Kylie has delivered here, it’s her best since 2007’s X in my opinion. Stream Kiss Me Once in full and listen to the “Into The Blue” b-side “Sparks” below, are you dead yet? I know this is a lot to take in but try and make it through, it’s absolutely worth it! Enjoy.