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Kylie Minogue – The Abbey Road Sessions

02/10/2015Music

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Genre: Pop

Score: ★★★★

Can Kylie's pure pop catalogue take the strain of orchestral reinterpretation? We reckon it might just have the muscles… Here’s what we think about the pop princesses latest album.

 

 

Cover of Kylie Minogue's album The Abbey Road Sessions

Kylie Minogue has decided to revisit her 25-year back catalogue with a full orchestra.

Like Tori Amos and Peter Gabriel before her, Kylie Minogue has decided to revisit her 25-year back catalogue with a full orchestra, and her own band to boot. It's a brave gambit. Orchestral arrangements work well enough with the more expansive pop songs, but the quickfire hooks of Kylie's oeuvre? That's a different kettle of fish.

Sure enough, some of the Stock Aitken Waterman material sounds too compact to take the weight – Better the Devil You Know gets a Bacharach treatment but lacks depth stripped of its electronic sheen, while Never Too Late sounds empty set in a smoky jazz club.

But then the revelations come…

A girl-group swing through The Locomotion is a blast, Love at First Sight becomes a sweet folk-pop noodle in the mould of Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz, and I Should Be So Lucky – with its fairy strings and sense of bliss – is suddenly the dream it was always meant to be.

And through it all, Kylie's in warm, seductive voice. There's a touch of the nasal squeaks here and there, but that's just a hint of familiarity in an otherwise intriguing new adventure. Highly recommended!