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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

MUCH like her videos dur­ing the past decade, there’s a tit­il­la­tion fac­tor sur­round­ing Kylie Minogue’s al­bums. She puts out a qual­ity sin­gle such as Spin­ning Around , Can’t Get You Out of My Head or, in this case, the al­most rocky 2 Hearts and for a split sec­ond you imag­ine her throw­ing cau­tion to the wind and pro­duc­ing a col­lec­tion that is just as catchy and in­no­va­tive as its taster. X , her 10th album, is not that. In fact it is the an­tithe­sis, an in­tensely in­se­cure piece of work that throws as much tal­ent at the record­ing stu­dio as is fi­nan­cially fea­si­ble in or­der to cre­ate a pol­ished but ul­ti­mately medi­ocre re­sult. You could stage a foot­ball match with the song­writ­ers and pro­duc­ers on board here, Cathy Den­nis, Guy Cham­bers, Biff Stannard and Calvin Har­ris among them. And they will pro­vide hits. The One has a strong hook and dance- pop ur­gency, while the truly ba­nal NU- DI- TY has ‘‘ video sen­sa­tion’’ writ­ten all over it. On the pos­i­tive side, two of the best tracks were co- writ­ten by Minogue. On No More Rain and the clos­ing, soul­ful Cos­mic there’s just the mer­est hint of a per­son­al­ity be­hind the gloss. X Kylie Minogue Warner

Iain Shed­den

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