I thought I would absolutely hate Golden since I don’t respond well to country music (or country influenced music) and I’m not one to spend any amount of time thinking about mixing or mastering.... but I was blown away by the album. Sixteen track albums can very often be a slog to get through but Golden never once feels like that. It a joyous experience that I return to again and again. Even at its poorer moments (Love, Raining Glitter) the album sparkles and shines. Kylie’s enthusiasm, drive and energy really suffuses every moment of the record. It’s sincere, strangely authentic and never once does it feel like Kylie is selling out to a popular sound. Golden is proof that even thirty years into a career, a big pop girl can knock it out of the park and produce one of the best records of her career.