Kylie Minogue: Body Language
Purchased: Play Copy M/W/RIP
Key Tracks: Slow, Promises, Chocolate, After Dark, Someday, I Feel For You
“I want my records back”. With one slyly wryly whispered lyric, Kylie Minogue seals the deal marvellously on this kaleidoscopic work of production chops, colorful musical interplay and a strict adherence to sophisticated music devoted to sex. This overlooked gem of a record was released back in 2004 and didn’t make much of an impact. For some reason, It’s always been in some sort of steady rotation with me, even if only for the awe inspiring “Someday”. The whole affair seems perpetually out of time yet completely within it. The production work alternately shimmers, whistles, beeps and whirs; all along a consistent funk…not deep funk by any means, but it’s clear that Kylie listens quite closely to Prince. Comparisons to other Pop Divas aside, Kylie herself opts for a wonderfully sexy subtlety that moans, whispers and sighs thru twelve tracks of eccentric and quirky music that just…sticks with you. The rhythms and mostly the hooks (vocal and musical alike) kinda embed themselves up in the ole’ puzzler in a really unique way. “I Feel For You” has this bassline…it just shouldn’t work. It has no musical business with sense. But it does somehow. HOW?! The lava lamp ready “Someday” follows; and the song brings flower to the question of what would happen if Noel Gallagher got high with Bjorn Ulvaeus and Daft Punk. It’s, to me, a song that could have made some moves if it had been released as a single (see: Panda Bear’s “Person Pitch” for sampled evidence that I’m not the only one listening). Not every track burns as bright as the brightest, but each has some really, really cool thing in it that will at least keep you coming back again. Slow burning, sexy, whispery, slinky…the Lady just holds her utter hotness back to such an enticing degree that it’s just simmering over the edges for the entire 45 minutes this dandy sex pot of an album.