November 17, 2007
Kylie X: Wow
Tis the season of song titles like Amazing and Wow. The usual trajectory is disappointment. Neither Madonna nor Seal's Amazings are. Happily Kylie Minogue's Wow - surely a forthcoming single? - is worthy of its title. Evrey longstanding artist needs a song like this, one that reminds you of their very best work. It encapsulates all that is "right and good and joyful" about the much-loved Kylie.
If you follow the blog/board commentary, you'll know that Wow blends the best elements of Love At First Sight and old "SAW" Kylie. 3 very tight minutes of pure pop.
The lovely details: The opening keyboard, the 90's chunkiness of the arrangement, the moments that "zap" (hear :07 - :10), the way the song hinges on layers of vocals (yeahyeahyeah), the sweet high-end parts (the way you walk...) and of course, the very high-def effect of the Wowwowwowwow. The middle eight is, thank God, a nice bit of poperatic trilling, just before the song wraps up with that underwater effect straight out of Ibiza, where it was written with Greg Kurstin.
A Kylie classic.
For Kylie X, I will be reviewing certain songs in individual posts, as I did with Madonna and Goldfrapp. You can read them all with the KylieX tag.