If there’s one thing to understand about the three decade plus music career of Ms. Kylie Minogue, it’s how deliciously underrated it is. Now, if we were to say that thought to anybody in Kylie’s native Australia–and to the rest of the overseas world, for that matter-they would simply laugh in our face. Why? Because across the music pond and beyond, Ms. Minogue has maintained her status as a legendary chart destroying dance diva who has served the masses with an unprecedented amount of strobe-lit hits and grooves that just don’t get out of your head. Over here? Well, with the exception of her ’88 breakthrough smash, “The Loo Motion” and ’02’s classic, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” the disco diva has always struggled to maintain a solid stateside career.It’s hard to figure out why because her music is light, fun, frothy, and full of stomping rhythms that just want to make you move and groove across the dance floor of life, much like her just released Kylie Christmas, which comes through shining brighter than Rudolph’s red nose.
A sleigh ride ready music romp featuring of mix of new and classic holiday tracks, Ms. Minogue delivers a solid seasonal set complete with plenty of grooves that will get your disco balls mistletoe ready. With big productions and those effervescent strobe lit glows and coos that only Ms. Minogue knows how to deliver (especially on “Oh Santa), each track on the set is sure to make your season bright in one way or another, which is the whole point of a Christmas album, right?
For some reason, critics haven’t been to kind for Kylie’s latest whirling wonder, but maybe they should musically search a little deeper for the spirit of the holidays, because Kylie Christmas is as close as we’re going to get this year. Now, is Kylie’s whirling holiday opus going to dethrone Ms. Mariah from her owned seasonal perch? Most likely not, but the set only further proves that she’s still got what it takes to deliver the goods. And maybe, just maybe, this album will put the pint-sized starlet a little bit further on the stateside music map.
Only Kylie time will tell, but for now, deck those headphones dive into the track-by-track of Kylie Christmas below.
“It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
Yes, it is, especially if we Ms. Kylie around for the holidaze with her take on this timeless tune.
“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (w/Frank Sinatra)
Kylie Minogue and Ol’ Blue Eyes on one track equals Christmas disco queen heaven.
Not the strongest take on the record, but still a decent listen even if you’re sick of hearing the song already this month.
“Christmas Wrapping” (w/ Iggy Pop)
While there’s no way to replicate The Waitress’ mystical presence on the ’80s licked original, Ms. Minogue certainly comes close and brings on the legendary Iggy Pop for the delightful music ride.
“Only You” (w/ James Corden)
A very interesting pairing none-the-less, but the two melt together like a snowman in June.
“I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter”
And so will we as long as we have Kylie’s take on the Connie Francis original.
“Every Day’s Like Christmas”
Strobe-lit Santa heaven.
“Let It Snow”
With so many more music presents to choose from, it’s easy to want the gift receipt for this one.
You’ll want to deck your headphones with this festive jam right away.
It’s no Eartha Kitt (or Madonna), but still all wrapped up in Kylie, which is just as groovy.
“Christmas Isn’t Christmas ‘Til You Get Here”
We’ll be right over.
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
Yes, this one’s been done a million times before, but none with that klassic Kylie touch.
“200 Degrees” (w/ Danni Minogue)
While only on the deluxe version, it’s absolutely worth a listen because you certainly can’t beat two lovely Minogue ladies on one track for the price of one, especially when there’s a disco fireball beneath them.