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Mon 5 Jul, 2010
By Danielle Carter

Aphrodite feels more at ease with its multiple contributors than her last album X;

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Some pop entertainers ascend to first-name status and a rare few reach an even more iconic level of fame. Kylie Minogue’s transcendence began a decade ago, when indie songwriters such as Manic Street Preachers and Nick Cave and hip DJs started to flock around her, and then continued as designers and choreographers shaped her style.

The 21st-century Kylie isn’t merely a hit performer; she’s a pop muse with probably the most adoring grown-up fan base on the music scene. Crucially, she also knows how to deliver and play beguiling roles, as the title track of her 11th album Aphrodite confirms: ‘I’m a golden girl… I’m fierce and I’m feeling mighty.’

Stuart Price, the producer behind the Scissor Sisters’ latest album, hones the sound of Aphrodite and featured songwriters include Jake Shears and Calvin Harris (both of whom have previously contributed to Kylie tunes), Keane’s Tim Rice-Oxley and acoustic pop chanteuse Nerina Pallot.

Kylie has never gone in for confessional tunes – she’s a relatively private figure (even when the paparazzi are covering her love life) who happens to be a consummate showgirl; the breathy charisma and pert timing here is all her own.

Aphrodite feels more at ease with its multiple contributors than her last album X; from the opening single All The Lovers, these synth tracks exude pleasure but they’re also about overcoming pain and succumbing to the dance floor. Aphrodite’s delicate electro is crafted into clubby flourishes on numbers such as Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love), and even
a touch of Baroque on Closer. At these high points, it’s an unearthly pop delight.


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