kylie minogue - aphrodite (warner)
Admittedly, I am a biased Kylie Minogue fan however it is this fanhood that allows me to be far more honest and critical in my assessment of her work. I'll be the first to stand tall and say that I cringe with her horrid urban 'I wanna crack the US' attempts on her previous two studio albums. Tracks like 'Red Blooded Woman' and 'Nu-Di-ty', in all honesty, make me shudder with just how contrived they are and on the whole, her previous two albums ('Body Language' and 'X') felt like it was simple a collection of good to great pop songs collected over a period of time. 'Aphrodite' breaks that trend and is easily the most cohesive Kylie album since 'Fever' and her best collection of pop tunes since the retro-lovin' 'Light Years'. This is Kylie at her glorious, poptastic best and clearly the decision to work with Stuart Price as Producer was an exceptional one as the album is just a celebration from start to finish.
By now, you'll all know the first single 'All The Lovers' with it's Erasuresque 80's feel and nostalgic lyrics which nicely opens the album. From there, second single 'Get Outta My Way' indicates that this is an album that has one foot on the pop charts and one foot stomping on the club dancefloor. There are no ballads on the album; the closest being the mid-tempo 'Everything Is Beautiful'. Instead, this is an album that joyously embraces life and radiates positively so intensely that the world could be crashing down around you and it'll just be all fine as long as you have 'Aphrodite' blaring away on the stereo. Best of all, this is an album that can be listened to from start to finish - after a week of living with the album, I still don't have an urge to hit the fast forward button on any tracks and I look forward to it just looping endlessly on the stereo (although my poor partner may have other ideas...)
'Aphrodite' will go on to be remembered as a great Kylie album. It may take a few listens to get used to the tracks however once you've got a taste of the album, it's one that you'll find yourself listening to more and more. Grad the Deluxe Edition that has a bonus DVD featuring footage from her US tour last year and a few other bonus goodies.