We're getting closer to the new Kylie CD, so here's an update. First, if you have not heard the clips, Arjan found them at 7Digital. Go and play them.
Here are some geeky fan comments I made in an email:
Aside from the songs we know, I think the ones that sound best are Speakerphone (well, an odd one that could be Britney), The One of course, maybe No More Rain, Wow (like early Kylie), and maybe Cosmic.
The negatives: All I See sounds ghetto-ish, but may be okay. Still hate the wooh on Sensititized. Heart Beat Rock sounds like a castoff from Body Language - how I hate Calvin Harris! Nudity is an outright disaster. Very Blacklight.
I am not sure how the reviews will be. One review (Q) already said that at the moment she should be notching it up, she's not. Should be a decent pop CD, but I'd tend to agree that it's no big leap for Kylie. Maybe once I hear the real thing, I will change my mind. Also looks like extra tracks will come out from bsides and Japanese versions, so maybe I can do an Xolondon edit? I did that with Body Language!
The photo above, by William Baker, is a scan from the new Q with the controversial cover. Full scans of the article (and the probably fair Q review) can be found at the exhaustively archival Kylie Brasil. At one point in the interview, Kylie says, "I had to fight to get that on the album, emails flying back and forth," which makes me wonder what kind of control she has 20 years in, having sold millions of records.
I predict X's classics will be Wow, Stars and The One. I won't be able to describe the latter after reading Q's comment that it's "a frictionless techno-pop starship dusted with traces of Blondie and the Pet Shop Boys." Brillo.