Album Review: Kylie Minogue – DISCO (2020)

Disco queen Kylie Minogue has released her fifteenth album, a disco-themed disco album, fittingly called… ‘Disco’.

Album 15. Not many even get that far, and even fewer get to it still writing incredible tracks and making brilliant music. We’ve known for twenty years or more (well, people who are old enough to remember when I was one year old) that Kylie Minogue’s disco songs are among her best, and her natural sound is the theme for this new offering. In a year where artists who weren’t even born are creating eighties-esque music, the one remaining pop princess who was just hitting it big in the decade has shown everyone else how it’s done.

There’s not one bad song on here. ‘Monday Blues’ is so upbeat you can’t help but dance along to it. I want to hear this playing at every night out I go on in 2021. ‘Supernova’ uses a robotic backing vocal which reminds me instantly of Sarah Brightman’s 1978 hit ‘I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper’. Five tracks in and you’re ready for a night out. I’ve honestly never had so much energy just from listening to the start of an album.

The album is so unapologetically disco that you wouldn’t believe it’s from 2020. Unlike other albums which can just sound outdated, this is an instant classic that could be thirty years old. Like a lot of disco, every song blends into the next, but it’s all brilliant. Special mention has to go to track 10, ‘Dance Floor Darling’, which is so sprawling and fresh that it puts the rest of the album’s midfield in it’s shadow.

Listening to the Deluxe edition, by song 14 or 15 it did get to the point where I was wondering when it would end. 54 minutes is far too long in my opinion, for any album, but especially this one. The album has a tonal shift after DFD, to slightly slower, sadder disco. It tries desperately to give DISCO a second wind, but it doesn’t completely manage it. I love both sides of Kylie’s sound here, but by the time ‘Spotlight’ comes on, I’ve had enough. It’s very intense. I can’t say that I’m bored, more that I’m over-indulged. You can have too much of a good thing.

The first seven tracks and ‘Dance Floor Darling’ are the stand outs, and the other half of the album is impressive. It has a vibe which 2020 desperately needs – we need happy, nostalgic pop to get us through the trauma that this year has unleashed on us. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and together with Little Mix’s ‘Confetti’ (with which it will be battling for chart supremacy) and the slew of releases from Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa, old-fashioned woman-led pop music has never been so necessary, nor has it sounded this good.

Ryan’s Rating: 8.0/10

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