Discussion in 'Pop & Justice' started by Lucas, Dec 23, 2019.
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.
DISCO... here we go!!!
What kind of mini EP but brilliant interview?
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.
So nothing here is really surprising BUT Say Somethin' is such a career high that the rest being fine to great is all I can ask for.
Really. Say Somethin' is so so so special.
Is "Where is the "beep beep" from?" going to be the new "Should have been the album cover"?
No because we know Bad Girls.
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.
Wish she would have brought Disco instead of Golden to Berghain, Not that the latter wasn't good. Disco just makes more sense for a club tour than a hoedown throwdown.
Imagine that calendar cover being the you know what.
The new merch is a major step up from the garbage released already. Might have to snap some of it up.
The calendar looks amazing but I already have my RedHot100 All Stars one. I guess I could make room for another one on my wall.
The calendar looks fab!
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:
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.
She certainly knows her audience ddd.
This interview is great, she’s really going into her influences for the album in depth. she sounds a lot more confident and eloquent than she did in the Zane Lowe interview.
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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