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.
I'm not sure if this is accessible to those outside Australia, but Kylie's currently being interviewed (and selecting her five favourite "disco" songs) now on Double J Radio: