There are some artists who are part of the soundtrack of our lives, whether or not we consciously acknowledge them as being involved in our ever advancing years. For 23 years Kylie Minogue has popped and twirled and sparkled the radio waves and has become an international sweetheart whilst ascending to that echelon of fame where no introductions or last names are needed. She is simply Kylie.
The mystery of her lasting success and popularity with, let’s be honest here, most of the globe, is not so much how, but how America has eluded her almost completely. The only blip has been “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” which climbed to number 7 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart.
Aphrodite is Kylie’s eleventh studio release. Named after the Greek goddess of beauty, love, and sexuality, it’s a role Kylie slips into effortlessly in the lead single “All The Lovers”. She coos and cajoles, the sophisticated disco beat sways, ebbs and flows, it’s heavy on the synth and light on the bass, but it’s quite warm and fuzzy in its life affirming positivity.
The video is full of impossibly beautiful models, and Kylie, with white balloons, doves and a horse (yes, a horse) in downtown Los Angeles in some urban love-in, building a human tower of passion that lifts Kylie up to the skies. The track is written by Kish Mauve and produced by Stuart Price, the maverick behind artists like Madonna and Scissor Sisters.
Kylie has returned with a perfect little pop nugget that shimmers and glitters with effortless grace. It feels like a tribute to the heady nights of 70s disco mixed in with today’s pop electronica. All we need to know is, America, are you finally ready to dance?