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Friday, May 07, 2010

Early Assessment On Kylie Minogue's "Aphrodite": This Summer Has Its Party Album

Yesterday I had the d'luvvly privilege of being invited to Capitol Records to have a listen to the new Kylie Minogue album, Aphrodite. And while I wish I could do a full-on review here and now, I'd get the electric chair for giving away any song title info just yet.

What can be said is that, while previous album X had some great moments on it, Aphrodite is miles ahead of that one. Executive producer Stuart Price and Kylie have managed to craft a completely cohesive record that flows flawlessly from song to song (I heard 11 altogether, though they were not a continuous mix). And with first single "All The Lovers," that snippet is only the tippy-top of the iceberg.

It's Kylie getting back to Kylie. We saw flashes of that on X. But prepare for a full-on disco ride that never relents. Think "In My Arms" and "The One" and "Love At First Sight" and "Wow"—and especially "I Believe In You"—but with so many more layers to each song. And no ballads, save for one mid-tempo-ish number.

Summer 2010 has its party album, folks.

P.S. Completely surreal experience: sitting in the Capitol/EMI lobby, and the issue of Saturday Night Magazine with the feature on Chart Rigger was sitting on the glass table.

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16 Comments:

  • At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Seanti said…

    Yay!!!

     
  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger rcLoy said…

    OMG. Jealous* No, this is not a homage to the Usher song. Hm, I can't wait! :D

     
  • At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Damn! Tell us, how did you manage to get an invite?!?!

     
  • At 10:16 AM, Blogger Dan said…

    Any word on whether the US release will be in July as well?

    PS..word verification = tramp

     
  • At 10:43 AM, Blogger saisumanth said…

    Wow thanks for the info can't wait ...... :)

     
  • At 11:58 AM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    Didn't see your text until this morning -- thank god, otherwise I would have spent the night in a totally jeal-o rage!!

    Glad to hear it's good!

     
  • At 2:22 PM, Blogger countpopula said…

    Holy hell, my expectations are rising. I trust you though--you don't talk things up when they really don't deserve the talking, so Aphrodite MUST be epic.

    I heard from an EMI sales rep that the US release will be at or nearly simultaneous with the international releases this time.

     
  • At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So, this was US presentation of Aphrodite?
    Were there any execs from US radio stations??

     
  • At 4:25 PM, Blogger Troystar said…

    How lucky of you, can't wait to hear it.

    Phil
    www.kyliecanada.com

     
  • At 5:18 PM, Blogger musicdivaSF said…

    You're one lucky individual to have that opportunity. I was excited hearing about the album coming out in July. I am more excited now hearing more about it from you. This is definitely going to be one Summer smash! Thank you for this post.

     
  • At 6:31 PM, Blogger Patrick said…

    Completely green with envy, but ecstatic that a US release is in the works. Congrats on the scoop!

     
  • At 5:27 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    how exciting for you :) Super stuff! Can't wait for the radio premiere of the single next friday. Now we need your thoughts on new scissor and JLS!!

     
  • At 5:33 AM, Blogger xolondon said…

    ooh brilliant news! I do hope you did not have to sleep with more people than usual for this plum assignment.

    When can you talk about it?

     
  • At 6:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So much history in the Capital records building, I'm impressed like everyone else commenting!
    Nice shirt, someone has good taste. Does that have an bird of prey on it?

     
  • At 11:29 AM, Blogger Mike said…

    AMAZING!

    I'm so jealous and excited now. Can't wait to hear more!

     
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