Kylie Minogue

This is not shade or anything but I find it genuinely interesting that we always go back to the most divisive topics/eras but we don't discuss the universally loved ones as much.

But are there “universally loved ones”? A bit further back we have people saying they don’t really like Head.

That said, I like the diversity of opinions on songs.
 
I think that's the interesting thing about Kylie, opinions differ so much.

I've always loved Body Language and I've only just discovered Impossible Princess which I'm absolutely hammering at the moment (Too Far is so good). Some people seem to detest both of these albums but I find them super interesting and I'd definitely go to them over Fever which I've always found a bit overhyped outside the singles.

Then you have some people who think Aphrodite is her best, others think it's a bit stale.

I swear I even saw someone say Disco was her best a few pages back (ddd)
 
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This is not shade or anything but I find it genuinely interesting that we always go back to the most divisive topics/eras but we don't discuss the universally loved ones as much.
I think that that's because there is no conversation to be had when discussing her universally loved projects.

Person A: I like "Better The Devil You Know."
Person B: Me too.
Person C: Same.

That's nothing to discuss if we're all in agreement.
 
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I had the same thought. It feels like her post-2000 output is divided between the safer albums that play to her audience (Light Years, Aphrodite, Disco) and the albums where she decides to go a little bit out there and play around with more sounds (Body Language, X, Kiss Me Once). While it's hard not to love effervescent, disco pop Kylie, the slightly weirder albums are always so much more satisfying to me.

Yeah, I vastly prefer albums like Body Language and X over Light Years and Aphrodite. Of course these albums are good, but I think they play it a bit too straight (pun not intended) for me. I love a good sonic left turn. It's similar to how I feel about Madonna's Hard Candy vs Confessions. Confessions is great, obviously, but it's also so sleek and so polished to a point where it feels cold to me.
 
Yeah, I vastly prefer albums like Body Language and X over Light Years and Aphrodite. Of course these albums are good, but I think they play it a bit too straight (pun not intended) for me. I love a good sonic left turn. It's similar to how I feel about Madonna's Hard Candy vs Confessions. Confessions is great, obviously, but it's also so sleek and so polished to a point where it feels cold to me.
I must be straight ;)
 
My feelings for Body Language are a bit wrapped up in the crushing disappointment I felt at the time when I realised that after Fever she wasn’t going to be the planet conquering Britney-esque superstar that she had the potential to be, and was going to go back to being the UK/Australia centric star that she was with Light Years.

The singles are great, as are songs like Obsesssion and Someday, but the whole thing just felt so flat at the time. After Slow, it felt like nobody was interested in her anymore.
 
I can only imagine the shock at Body Language getting to #6 at the time. 12 year old me in my early days of Kylie fandom didn't notice of course.
It did feel like a bit of a setback at the time. I Believe in You and Ultimate Kylie seemed at the time like a definite attempt to reset things (on a 'pop' course), almost like What Kind of Fool at Greatest Hits 87-92 just over a decade before.
 
I was a young gay but I don’t remember Slow being popular. I think it’s a classic now, and think it was really ahead of it’s time.
It did feel like a bit of a setback at the time. I Believe in You and Ultimate Kylie seemed at the time like a definite attempt to reset things (on a 'pop' course), almost like What Kind of Fool at Greatest Hits 87-92 just over a decade before.

Ultimate Kylie and the Showgirl tour absolutely was a course correct, and it worked. She sold almost a million CDs and DVDs off the back of it.

"Slow" was given the cold shoulder by pop culture for a year or so - I read a lot of nasty comments about "Slow" from journalists and commentators over 2004, but I genuinely think that by putting it near the start of Ultimate Kylie and not buried near the back meant that people really rediscovered it, found that they really loved it and it became the Kylie classic it is now. Every tour it comes out and gets a on-the-money rework, and it just seems to grow in stature. I guess it helps that it sounded like nothing else in 2003 which means it has aged marvellously.
 
Here's a paraphrased example of a comment about "Slow" than one of the Q journalists wrote in mid-2004:

"Kylie blew it on trying to hard to do edgy instead of forgetting to make the kind of songs the public wants her to make... again. Perhaps she should leave herself a post-it in the studio"
 
I don't know how it translated to chart positions or sales here, but I remember "Slow" being quite big in Spain based on the fact that she shot the video on a Barcelona rooftop dd. We also stanned Mariah's "My All" because it had a remotely-Spanish guitar.
 
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