It's March 2002. I haven't really been invested in Kylie for a long time, despite loving "Confide In Me", "Put Yourself in My Place", "Some Kind of Bliss" (during my indie/rock early teenage years) and "On a Night Like This", her Light Years resurgence has sort of passed me by, as I've not ventured onto the LGBTQ+ scene yet and I'm still drinking underage in rock bars. I'm happy for her to have gone stratospheric with "Can't Get You..." but Fever came out the same day as beautifulgarbage (which I've been obsessively waiting for for 18 months now) so I've not bought it yet, and I'm not sure if I really want to invest in her again, although I have dipped my toes back into Kylie world with Hits+ and I watched An Audience with Kylie Minogue and was repulsed by how budget it all looked. "In Your Eyes" has just came out and I LOVE the darker video. I've just started working in a LGBTQ+ nightclub and "In Your Eyes" is being played three times a night, and the closing song at night is always "Your Disco Needs You". I take a chance and buy "In Your Eyes" CD1 on way home from a post-work afterparty. I have a blue Sony MiniDisc player, which I will hook up to my sisters PS2 so I can transfer the song to my "2002 hits" MiniDisc compilation. I haven't done it yet, so CD goes into the cheap CD player/stereo in my room. Normally I would just play the A-side and repeat as I'm really not interested in pop artist b-sides at this point. I'm not a novel reader (still not) but I really am trying to get through Sarah by J.T. LeRoy and Candice Bushnell's Sex and the City. So, while I'm distracted trying to stay on the page, the CD single ends up playing beyond the first track a few times. That second song starts to penetrate my brain... Flash forward almost 19 years, I'm a dyed-in/reborn Kylie stan and "Tightrope" is still one of my all time favourite Kylie songs. It doesn't even bother me that it never made the standard Fever tracklist. The general UK public don't deserve to hear a song this good. Kylie's performance is spot on, perfectly vulnerable and pining, yet flips to determined on the pre-chorus without feeling abrupt. The production and mixing is crystal clear, you can hear every single instrument stem and the space between the notes and the momentum just builds and builds so when the music drops and Kylie's vocal and that melancholic synth captivate you for the bass to bring you back in. (I also am fond of the Australian mix of "Tightrope", that slightly more muddy/synthy mix works for me too, although if I have one criticism of the song in either form, it's that the backing vocalists are mixed way too high. I mean, even the backing vox on Let's Get To It would like a word) I'm not even sure I would have fully dipped my toes back into Kylie without "Tightrope". I spent the following 18 months on a crash course of the recent albums and all the b-sides, putting me right in the driving seat for my Kylie fandom when "Slow" was premiered. And it's been a wild ride ever since. // I could imagine there was a pick one or the other situation between putting "Your Love" or "Tightrope" on the album, and I think I can tell why "Your Love" won out - it's got just a bit more edge to its production, the way it flips between the darker, propulsive verses to the lighter, vulnerable choruses and of course that fantastic middle-8.