By John Hill
Kylie Minogue, the patron saint of happy gays everywhere, has returned. Depending on whom you ask, Kiss Me Once is her twelfth studio album, unless you count 2012’s The Abbey Road Sessions, which found her revisiting past hits in an orchestral fashion. Let’s just say that this is her first album of new material since 2010’s stellar Aphrodite, a disc that saw Ms. Minogue touring the United States as if she was a conquering heroine. The question is, can she bring it the same way twice in a row? It appears the answer is “it depends.”
The album starts off with the epic “Into the Blue,” which easily grabs the title for “best pop song that will never see the light of day on US radio stations.” Listening to “Into the Blue” for the first time feels similar to how Aphrodite’s lead single “All the Lovers” did on first listen, and that’s a good thing. There is a timeless vibe to “Blue” that makes you feel like you are being launched into orbit willingly. “Million Miles” follows with a driving, upbeat groove that segues nicely into the synth shuffler “I Was Gonna Cancel” and the funky “Sexy Love.” At that moment, Kiss Me Once is everything you expect from Kylie.