Pop goddess Kylie Minogue sends love with ‘Aphrodite’

Jordan Bodkin

Pop princess Kylie Minogue transcends her already lofty position in tahe pop monarchy to take on the aura of a deity with her 11th studio album, Aphrodite.

“I’ve never felt like this about an album … Aphrodite is the goddess of love, and as far as the music goes, there’s a feeling of euphoria to this one,” said Minogue in an interview with PopJustice, a U.K. music blog.

The inspiration for completing a new album arose after Minogue finished her first North American Tour, which received an overwhelming reception from U.S. fans and sold out at every city. While in New York, she teamed up with executive producer Stuart Price to finalize what he calls, “Kylie doing pop-dance music at her best.”

The lead single, “All the Lovers,” is somewhat of a Kylie anthem, characterized by a lullaby-influenced chorus and some of the best electronic production yet to be released by Minogue, climaxing in an explosive middle-eight section full of stellar arpeggios flying in every direction. The single is receiving top airplay in Europe.

The best track on the album, and currently in the running for second single, is called “Get Outta My Way” and should be the track to return Kylie to U.S. fame. Originally, the track was in the running for four other artists to cut as the top single — including Britney Spears, who offered Kylie a few million for it — but in the end, the track was selected for Miss Minogue. This song is the catchiest thing Mingoue has released since her days in the ’80s, characterizing a new, fierce attitude so strong it can be felt from verse to chorus in an immensely powerful stomper of a track, currently being packaged for its place at No. 1 on the charts.

The track “Too Much” was composed with Scissor Sisters’ lead singer Jake Shears and U.K. electronic artist Calvin Harris. This fantastical array of off-beat chimes and irresistible shouts from Kylie of a love that’s insatiably “too much” is just the kind of work fans want to hear, as it offers both Kylie’s distinctive euphoria with the best of modern chords, beats and vocal cutting. “Cupid Boy” features bubble-gum electronics, vocodered, multimetered builds, and one of the most fantastic choruses Minogue has yet to deliver in over 30 years of experience.

Kylie’s talents break free as she embraces her highest register, her catchiest and most sassy lyrics, as well as a hand-selection of the world’s top producers and DJs to provide music worthy for the Gods. Aphrodite is a dance album to transcend all others.