If you were expecting disco meets dance again, turn around now. What you are facing now is what would happen if Jewel and Michelle Branch were one person, and accompanied by an orchestra. Intrigued yet?
The Abbey Road Sessions is Kylie Minogue's latest album that was released Nov. 6 — marking her 25th anniversary in music, according to The Boston Globe.
I'm absolutely thrilled to say that I completely love it. It'll take you by surprise because you normally attribute this diva to dance music — but what you get instead is a delicate, soft, almost "magical," piano/instrumental-oriented tracklist.
The songs were all recorded along with "her touring band and a full orchestra" according to pop music website Idolator. This may not be a holiday album, but its soothing chords and her graceful, melodious voice transported me to a place with a warm fireplace and eggnog. The songs all have a similar sound, but its continuity is what makes the tracklist a dependable and safe bet for your next casual gathering.
I personally hadn't been much of a fan of hers (I was crazy, wasn't I?), and when I heard this album gives some of her older hits a "makeover," I was doubtful. I mean, how many times have people tried remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Or, how many times in my lifetime will I be subjected to watch Spider-Man reinvented? Remakes and remixes can be successful, but I still had to put this album to the test.
Skeptics beware: If you have ever questioned her vocal ability, this album dispels it.
What's the track that stood out most for me? Her "revised" Come Into My World. Perhaps, there are better remixes, but this song's uniqueness combined with its sexiness compelled me. How many songs by strong women do we have that seductively "hint" lyrically, and are sung ridden with implications, but still don't come off sleazy? Her voice almost sounds as though it can physically pull you into her world. Her pleading when she invites him does have its share of suggestiveness, too.
Not to mention, the acoustics seem to be capable of drowning you — if drowning in pillowy smooth vocals was possible. What will remain familiar is the lyrics are still a tease:
"Take these lips that were made for kissing,
And this heart that will see you through,
And these hands that were made to touch and feel you"
She had released the track initially on her eighth album Fever in 2001. The song was written by the same geniuses that coined her contagious "Can't Get You Out of My Head." It was a dance-pop song that had a bit of a disco flair that lyrically served to entice the object of her affection. Although I was hypnotized by it, the single didn't do as well in the U.S. as it only reached No. 91 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (as compared to No. 4 for Australia and No. 8 in the U.K.).
Here's hoping you like the makeover!
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