Kylie Minogue - DISCO: Guest List Edition

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Just listened to "DISCO" for the third time. Obviously, I wasn't expecting anything spectacular nor game-changing when diving into this album, which exactly was the case, though it proved to be a rather good collection of songs. After all, Kylie isn't here to re-invent the wheel and there's nothing wrong with that. The album is definitely enjoyable and a lot of the tunes are catchy.

I agree with some of you who mentioned that the vocal production is not well done and makes her sound too shrill and flat. This was the issue on "Golden", too. I mean, she's started using that nasal tone since "Fever"/"Body Language" (and I'm not an enormous fan of that to begin with), but with each new album the way they process her voice makes her sound more and more like a chimpmunk. "DISCO" is definitely lacking in the lyrics department, too, but that doesn't bother me much at all. On the positive note, this must be her most coherent album, to the point it becomes too coherent to differ the songs at first. It's also very consistent, as in that there are no big career highs nor lows.

It's still early days, but I'm pretty sure this is her best album since "Aphrodite".
Going to listen to the deluxe tracks tomorrow and then re-listen to the entire album before sharing my thoughts on particular favourite/least favourite songs.
First listen:

1. Magic - this did a 180 on me. I didn’t like it at all at first. I love it now.

2. Miss A Thing - this was an instant favourite. It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s such a beautiful melody. I love the use of strings! If Jessie Ware is doing covers for a re-release of her disco album, I will happily take a cover of this.

3. Real Groove - Serviceable bop. It wouldn’t be out of place on Dua Lipa’s album, and it would probably have sounded better with her voice on it as well. I’m not a big fan of the tweaked vocals here.

4. Monday Blues - I need more time with this.

5. Supernova - cheesy / camp. That said, this is undoubtedly a bop. Those robotic vocals are unnecessary.

6. Say Something - still sounds ace! One of the best songs on the album.

7. Last Chance - In my head, this is what an A*Teens cover of Abba would sound like in 2020. I like its kitsch 90s bubblegum chorus. Definitely a memorable one.

8. I Love It - I agree with the song title, I do love it! It’s simplicity is what makes this song sound good. It’s not overproduced - and I would have liked few more songs like this one on the album.

9. Where Does The DJ Go? - first thought - filler! But I do like that chorus and I’m going to let it grow on me.

10. Disco Darling - cute bop!

11. Unstoppable - need more time with this one.

12. Celebrate You - need more time with this one.

13. Till You Love Somebody - cute bop. But it’s definitely a bonus track / b-side

14. Fine Wine - this is one of the most campy songs on the album. It is an absolute pleasure to listen to. Where have I heard that “beep beep” before? I’m sure that’s sampled/lifted from some old song, but I can’t remember which one.

15. Hey Lovely - need more time with this.

16. Spotlight - cute bop.
I mean, I don't want, need, or expect creative risks. Kylie has never been an artist known for, or defined by, creative risks. I just want... good music that is befitting of her stature, and I don't think Kylie has really delivered on that in a while. I think this album takes a few cues from disco music without actually hitting into any of the soul of it. It's like the team she worked with read a few sub headers on Wikipedia without really ever living in it or even adding their own spin to it. I think it's a fairly sterile album outside of the lead single and maybe a select few cuts. Where's the warmth? Everything just feels like a broadly drawn cliché.

Like, even something that "Light Years" that wears its influence shamelessly on its sleeve, is carried by that elastic chorus and the absurd camp of it all. This album draws entirely in the lines and even then, it doesn't even fill the boxes in entirely. Like, think of the range of things happening in something like "Come Into My World". It just doesn't compare.

I don't think artists who have been at this as long as Kylie should have their previous glories held over them like a looming shadow they can never escape, but I also do think there's a balance to be struck between allowing leeway for someone who has already achieved so much and also... expecting more from someone who has achieved so much. And I think the album fails in that regard.

Sis (Dannii?), she has been known for creative risks and I actually think Step Back In Time 2019 was cute for that revisionism. Every lead single from 2000 - 2008 sounded nothing like the one that came before it.

I agree completely with not allowing leeway or giving a free pass for subpar material and that stands for any artist. I’ll personally ruthlessly check out usually and they can try winning us back again the next time. My main point was about realigning expectations (genuinely not a loaded comment at you or anyone at all, I meant for me personally, before I give Disco a first listen in full shortly) mainly to not lose my shit in complete disappointment when I’m not completely overwhelmed with the rich synths and gorgeous strings set to heart wrenching lyrics that I could really do with from the woman. Is that blind Stanning? I don’t see the harm in being slightly prepared and accepting that she’s not that girl anymore, nor was it the MO of Disco I initially thought, especially if this body of work is truly as empty and formulated as you’re suggesting?
Lots of new Disco and Infinite Disco merch available now, including a 2021 calendar.

Imagine that calendar cover being the you know what.
Gosh this all so predictable but so good. My basic ass is turning into a WAP. It's all a bit Karen Disco and her actually name checking Studio '54 is a bit cringe but oh well. This makes me as happy as Dolly's Christmas album in terms of optimistic fluff. Yes she could do some things better but realistically this is what we can expect.
Drove to work with Disco on - what a ride! Dancefloor Darling is the one! The punch of the first 3 songs are great!
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