Showing posts with label Kylie Minogue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kylie Minogue. Show all posts

Monday, March 24, 2014

MileHighGayGuy Music Review: Kylie Minogue - Kiss Me Once

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. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Music Reviews: Calvin Harris' '18 Months' and Kylie Minogue's 'The Abbey Road Sessions'

By John Hill

Calvin Harris – 18 Months

Of all the albums I have reviewed, 18 Months may be the easiest one yet because I already know half of the album. By the time this album was released in October of 2012, it had been about 18 months since the first single “Bounce” was released, easily making this one of the longest promotional pushes for an album that I can recall. 

Looks like it’s worked, though: in his native England, every single released has gone to either number two or number one, and he has scored two top 20 hits here in the US (“Feel So Close” and “Let’s Go”). That’s not counting Rihanna’s number one smash “We Found Love” that Calvin shares billing on.

The biggest concern coming into an album like this is that it sounds more like a Greatest Hits set than an original album, but by the time I hit track four (“We Found Love”), the album started to feel like a sonically consistent disc that flowed from one thumping track to the next. To Harris’s credit, the instrumental tracks do a great job of binding all of the hit singles together. Even hip-hop cuts from Tinie Tempah and Dizzee Rascal still fit in despite not being “dance.” However, the revelation on this disc is “Thinking About You,” with vocals from frequent collaborator Ayah Marar. That cut alone makes releasing the whole disc worthwhile and needs to be released as a single soon. Skip the latest NOW hits collection and pick up 18 Months instead.
Kylie Minogue – The Abbey Road Sessions
When die-hard fans of Kylie Minogue think about her older material, they think about high-energy jams like “Hand on Your Heart” and “Better the Devil You Know.” But a well-established diva like Kylie can only perform the same version of the same song so many times before she (and probably her audience) gets sick of it. To her credit, Minogue has been reworking her classics live for years, breathing new life into songs like “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and “The Locomotion.” Now, as she celebrates 25 years in the business, Kylie has released The Abbey Road Sessions, recorded at the famed Abbey Road studios at the end of 2011.

While it might be easy to call this set a gimmicky throwaway, there are some impressive moments. “Confide in Me,” which always was a bit dark and sinister, amps up the Middle East flair and slithers along. Speaking of sinister, Kylie’s duet with Nick Cave “Where the Wild Roses Grow” is a perfect match for this format, and Cave even shows up to reprise his role. A high-energy track like “On a Night Like This” takes on a slinkier sexy vibe, and “Better the Devil You Know” becomes a mournful ode to decisions in a relationship. There are a few misses: “All the Lovers,” which soars based on a strong production and vocal, doesn’t fit the new format well, and “Slow” is just TOO slow. The sole new track “Flower,” which was recorded but never released on X, is a gorgeous ballad, proving that if Kylie decides to leave the dancefloor fillers behind at some point, she will have more mature fare to fill in that fits her like a glove. 
While his full-time job is in education, John Hill also writes a successful music blog titled Pop Music Notes. He is also active on Twitter @popmusicnotes and lives in Denver with his partners in crime James and Bruiser.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kylie Minogue - Flower

Kylie_Flower.jpgToday, September 25th marks the latest installment of K25, celebrating Australian pop icon Kylie Minogue's 25 years in music. Every month this year fans have been asked to help unlock a special treat, and September's reveal is truly special. Today sees the launch of "Flower", Kylie's first single from the forthcoming orchestral pop album 'The Abbey Road Sessions'. The single is supported by a beautiful video, directed by Kylie herself, which was shot recently in Cornwall, England and will be streamed exclusively on VEVO for one day only before landing at all commercial partners. This song is special to the Kylie faithful, as it has only ever been heard in her live shows and has never been available as a studio version until now. 

Fans who pre-order 'The Abbey Road Sessions' from today on iTunes will automatically receive "Flower" as an instant grat track.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

K25: Kylie releases 'Timebomb' remixes today

Following a recent whirlwind promotional trip that produced TV appearances on E! News, Fashion Police, The Soup, Extra, CNN, Chelsea Lately, Perez Hilton, Watch What Happens Live, VH1 “Morning Buzz Live”, NBC's New York Live and more, Australian pop icon Kylie Minogue releases a digital EP today featuring remixes of her current dancefloor smash “Timebomb”. In addition to the Extended Version which has already propelled the track to #4 on Billboard’s Club Chart, the EP features an array of stellar re-rubs including a big room mix from veteran club figure Peter Rauhofer, an irresistible deep progressive tribal jam from Steven Redant & Phil Romano, and an anthemic body-rocker from hotly-tipped Swedish producer/DJ Linus Eklow a.k.a. Style Of Eye—which premiered yesterday, July 16th, on and can be heard here.

Produced by Paul Harris (Dirty Vegas) and Matt Schwartz (DADA), “Timebomb” has taken US dance radio and clubs by storm since its May 25 release, making it Kylie’s fastest-selling US single since her monster global hit “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” in 2002. Supported by a sexy video clip that has notched up 9 million YouTube views, “Timebomb” has firmly placed Kylie in the center of modern electronic dance pop. The song landed in May as part of K25, a year-long celebration of Kylie’s 25 years in music, and also this month marks the 2-year anniversary of her universally acclaimed album ‘Aphrodite’, which spawned an astonishing FOUR Billboard Club Chart #1 singles.

So far, as part of the K25 celebrations, Kylie has made a fan surprise available on on the 25th of every month. She has also performed ‘Anti Tour’ shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Manchester and London – small, stripped down shows in intimate venues which featured rarely performed material including B-Sides and album tracks. Kylie also performed at Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee concert this past June in the grounds of Buckingham Place. A 21-track audio and video collection ‘The Best Of Kylie Minogue’ was recently released by Capitol Records Catalog.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Kylie Minogue - Ask: Reply

Check out the latest "Ask: Reply" video with Kylie Minogue, where she answers fan questions, including dropping some tidbits about her upcoming tour! Kylie will come to North America, but not Denver, with her Aphrodite – Live 2011 World Tour beginning April 28 through May 22.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Kylie performs Let It Snow at Rockefeller Center

Kylie performed her new single "Let It Snow" as well as "Santa Baby" at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center last night.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Kylie Minogue - Let It Snow

Kylie has premiered her new holiday single "Let It Snow" on  The track will be available for download on iTunes on December 7th.

Kylie will perform "Let It Snow" at the NYC Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center tomorrow, Tuesday, December 30th, between 7pm and 9pm.  This will be broadcast live on NBC.

Also, Kylie will be giving away a few pairs of VIP tickets to the tree lighting on her Facebook page today.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Kylie Minogue - Better Than Today

Check out the brand spanking new video for "Better Than Today," the third single off Kylie's album 'Aphrodite'.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Kylie Minogue - Get Outta My Way (7th Heaven Extended Vocal)

I am absolutely loving this brand new remix for Kylie's 'Get Outta My Way.'

Makes me wish there was someplace to go dancing in Denver at noon on a Tuesday!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Kylie Minogue - Get Outta My Way

Kylie's new video for "Get Outta My Way" is here!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Kylie and Rufus Wainwright, together at last!

Kylie joined Rufus Wainwright (did anybody catch him at the Paramount last month? I was bummed I couldn't make it) for a special performance at the Watermill Center Summer Concert Series on Saturday, August 28. Some clips are below:

Can't Get You Out of My Head: 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Kylie Minogue - Get Outta My Way

Here's a preview of Kylie's upcoming video for "Get Outta My Way." Check back to for news of the grand unveiling.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Kylie Minogue on "America's Got Talent" last night

Last night Kylie gave her first US TV performance in support of the 'Aphrodite' album on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

Monday, August 16, 2010

Kylie Minogue - Aphrodite (the remixes)

Check out YouTube for several sassy remixes of Kylie's 'Get Outta My Way', the next single off of 'Aphrodite':

Bimbo Jones mix -
7th Heaven mix -
Kris Menace mix -

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

100th episode of PopLab hosted by Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue hosted a special 100th episode of PopLab last night on Logo!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Kylie's 'Aphrodite' art competition

Kylie is asking fans to show how inspired they have been by the album art for ‘Aphrodite’ and a special upload site has been launched where they can submit photos, designs, drawings, montage or any other creative artwork inspired by the album artwork for ‘Aphrodite’.

Fans can also use the site to just vote for their favorite entries. A selection of the most creative and most popular images will be sent to Kylie for judging – with the winner receiving a framed copy of their artwork, personally signed by Kylie.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kylie's summer playlist

Kylie Minogue's made up a playlist of her favorite summer jams and posted it up on Myspace. Check it out and check out this hot pic of the sultry songstress by William Baker while you're at it.

Kylie's All The Lovers is sehr gut!

Check out this awesome campaign featuring Kylie / "All The Lovers" for German channel Sat.1.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Scissor Sisters cover Kylie

Check out the Scissor Sisters covering Kylie's new single 'All The Lovers.'