Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue cel­e­brates 25 years in the mu­sic busi­ness by rein­vent­ing her back cat­a­logue, as Cameron Adams dis­cov­ers

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AF­TER 25 years on the job, Kylie Minogue rarely gets flus­tered dur­ing in­ter­views. Her 12- month cel­e­bra­tion of her 25th an­niver­sary in mu­sic ( K25) has seen the singer re­quest fans to Tweet ‘ blast from the past’ pho­tos to share.

Last month, mid- in­ter­view, Minogue was handed one such vin­tage photo, circa 1985.

‘‘ It was a black and white pic­ture from (’ 80s TV show) The Hen­der­son Kids’’, Minogue, 44, laughs. ‘‘ I gen­uinely thought ‘ Who is that? That’s me. Oh my God’. There have been some crack­ers.’’ Minogue’s been por­ing over vi­su­als for

Kylie/ Fash­ion a book due next month. It’s a more high- end blast from the past.

‘‘ Imag­ine if I put out a glossy, chic, iconic fash­ion book. And then Kylie: Blast From the

Past with ev­ery dodgy mo­ment I’ve ever had. It might be big­ger than the other book.’’

Trawl­ing through her past has been a con­sis­tent theme for K25. Her Anti- Tour was some­thing no pop star at her level has ever done – ditch the hits and per­form only B- sides, for­got­ten al­bum tracks and rar­i­ties.

With no cos­tume changes, wa­ter foun­tains or dancers in sight, it also show­cased her vo­cals.

K25 spawns Minogue’s most vo­cally driven re­lease to date, The Abbey Road

Ses­sions. It fea­tures her big­gest hits, rein­vented. ‘‘[ Pro­ducer] Steve An­der­son and my­self have been hatch­ing this plan, or at least this fan­tasy, for years,’’ she says.

‘‘ Un­less you’re a fan and you fol­low ev­ery­thing I do, you wouldn’t be aware I sang [ jazz singer Blos­som Dearie’s] Try Your Wings on [ UK TV show] Jools Hol­land or lit­tle things dot­ted throughout the past.

‘‘ This al­bum feels like it has come at the right time. I couldn’t have recorded it 10 years ago, I wouldn’t have been as se­cure in my­self to do it.’’

Minogue says a decade of tour­ing has im­proved her singing. A hand­ful of per­for­mances with an or­ches­tra have seen her re­ceive com­ments on her vo­cals.

‘‘ I’ve had peo­ple be­ing so im­pressed and say­ing ‘ I didn’t know you could sing like that’ and they think it’s so much more dif­fi­cult do­ing an al­bum like this than singing a pop song on stage with ev­ery­thing and the kitchen sink. I can guar­an­tee you it’s not. It’s the op­po­site.’’

It’s a dif­fer­ent, more re­laxed Kylie Minogue in 2012. She’s re- writ­ten the rules with K25 by re­leas­ing one- off sin­gles ( Time Bomb) and en­joyed a tour where the more ob­scure a song was, the bet­ter. ‘‘ Some­thing has changed,’’ Minogue ad­mits.

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