November 16, 2012
Kylie Minogue: The Abbey Road Sessions -- a Review
Ironically, I have ended up enjoying getting to know the Kylie Minogue songs that never made it big here on the U.S. radio instead of listening to toned down favorites. My favorite cut on the album ended up being "Better the Devil You Know" while one of my most-played Kylie songs from past years, "Slow," felt a little awkward without the driving dance beat.
I'm pretty sure I'm not alone when it comes to getting to know Minogue when "Can't Get You Out of My Head" exploded in the early 2000s, so I'm sure many of you are probably curious to know how that tune turned out without the full complement of background music. I'm afraid to say it was kind of lackluster. The "Lalalalalalala" choruses throughout the song felt awkward without a need to dance.
I say all of this only to dispel any misconceptions about The Abbey Road Sessions. In some instances, like the already slow(er) song "All the Lovers," the stripped down sessions disc scores big points but the overall effect of making pop songs plain misses the mark. However, I still think this CD is more than decent, and I am looking forward to playing it as softer background music while I'm working and don't need the distraction of beats that make me want to get up and move. I think you might enjoy this disc for the same reasons -- particularly if you are already a Kylie Minogue fan.
P.S. The instrumentation on this album was absolutely wonderful. It was recorded with both Kylie's band and a full orchestra in the Abbey Road studio, and the music is absolutely to die for. Even on the songs I prefer better with the big pop sound, I still found the music lovely (which is why this would be a great background CD for the office).
Want to see if your favorite Kylie song is on the album? Check out the tracks:
1. All The Lovers
2. On A Night Like This
3. Better The Devil You Know
4. Hand On Your Heart
5. I Believe In You
6. Come Into My World
7. Finer Feelings
8. Confide In Me
10. The Locomotion
11. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
12. Where The Wild Roses Grow
14. I Should Be So Lucky
15. Love At First Sight
16. Never Too Late
To find out more about The Abbey Road Sessions and Kylie Minogue's other celebrations as she hits the 25 year mark in the music business, check out the following links:
Flower by Kylie Minogue on YouTube: Kylie wrote this song while battling breast cancer. It is dedicated to the child she hopes she may yet have.
Kylie Minogue The Abbey Road Sessions Album Sampler on YouTube
Kylie on Facebook
Kylie on Twitter
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this CD through One2One network.