Release Date: Nov 6, 2020
Record label: BMG
Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Dance-Pop, Club/Dance, Alternative Dance, Neo-Disco
Kylie Minogue‘s voracity for reinvention is up there with the cultural chameleon that is Madonna. She has gone from antagonistic mechanic to frothy pop Skipper doll, transmogrifying into fully-fledged dancefloor doyenne, ricocheting around credible dalliances with indie music and a duet with Nick Cave, and culminating in an admirable Glastonbury Legends set. Her last album Golden, a rather personal affair, was yet another sonic departure, seeing her two-stepping into the charts.
2020 has been a year marked by shadow, shrouded in darkness, and coloured in black. Shards of light have been few and far between, which is perhaps why it's becoming absolutely imperative for Kylie Minogue to grace us once again with a new album. - - - Clash x O2 Priority Concert Announcements Oct-Nov: Clash & O2 Join Forces Gorillaz SONG MACHINE Tour Liam Gallagher Down By The River Thames Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra 2021 Tour Dates Jess Glynne - 2021 Tour Dates - - - 'DISCO' wears her influences on its sleeve.
Madonna may have snapped up the title of pop's original chameleon long ago, but over her four-decade career, Kylie Minogue has proven herself more than capable of pulling some unexpected tricks of her own. From literal Neighbour next door beginnings, later came mid-'90s Indie Kylie, complete with Nick Cave ('Where The Wild Roses Grow') and Manic Street Preachers ('Some Kind of Bliss') collaborations; Futuristic Kylie circa 2001's all-conquering career reinvention 'Can't Get You Out of My Head', and even Country Kylie on 2018's most recent, Tennessee-recorded effort 'Golden'. But throughout it all, what Kylie Minogue has always done best is the kind of cynicism-free, pure pop that few can match her on.
Among the many perversities of 2020 is how much disco there's been for a year without discotheques. From Róisín Murphy to Jessie Ware to Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga, musicians collectively longed for the unattainable dancefloor. Most of it is quite good, and none of it needs to advertise itself, with pay-attention ALL-CAPS, as DISCO. The idea of Kylie Minogue "going disco" is more than a little redundant: She's made several decades' worth of the stuff, including several modern classics.
DISCO is Kylie's fifteenth studio album. It's rather nice that she's been at it since the mid-1980s and still wants to boogie. I wish people would stop being amazed though: she's not Vera Lynn. I danced to 'Better The Devil You Know' as a kid, I still dance now and I'm in much worse physical shape than Kylie is.