Kylie Minogue : Golden
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Kylie Minogue : Golden

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The 14th studio album from Kylie Minogue is a slick affair that plays to the singer’s strengths and offers an interesting sidestep from the expected, without wandering far from what fans would hope to hear.

Marketed as a genre album, Golden’s take on squeaky-clean commercial country maintains the disco-pop influences that have dominated Minogue’s sound since the early 2000’s, but with an emphasis on acoustic guitars and dry, up-front vocals. This lends the production a stripped back, earnest feel that befits the theme. It also comes through in the vocal delivery, which is constantly sincere and humourless.

Though the lyrics and several melodies are quite generic, with almost all of the album’s 16 tracks landing around the three-minute mark, Minogue clearly has her eye on the pop charts. This is a solid record and a welcome shift in focus that unfortunately lacks real heart, but then, that’s never been what we come to Kylie for.

6/10