Aussie pop princess Kylie Minogue is one of the artists we listed in our post on “Veteran artists returning with new music in 2014“. Given the brilliance of her last studio outing “Aphrodite”, we have plenty of reason to wait for new material with a high level of anticipation. In 2013, the only music that revolved around Kylie Minogue related to her signing with the RocNation artist agency and her two releases – “Skirt” and “Limpido” (a duet with Italian pop star Laura Pausini). The only piece of news that did NOT polarize her fanbase was her hit duet with Pausini. The name RocNation is practically synonymous with that of hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. There was a lot of concern about Kylie’s sound being modified to cater to America’s lowest common denominator – due to her affiliation with Jay-Z. Fortunately, with her new single, “Into the blue“, that concern can be put to rest. But does that mean this new single breaks any new ground? Unfortunately not.
The first few seconds of “Into the blue” sound very promising. The song opens with electronic chords and string arrangements which quickly flow into a sparse verse, followed by a generic pre-chorus and an even more tired and generic chorus. The Middle 8 of the song adds absolutely nothing to the track. Overall, the song sounds like something that could have fit well on the “X” album – which was pleasant enough but far from earth-shattering. Kylie does not exactly break any new ground here or build off the brilliance that was “Aphrodite“. Besides the strong vocals, the song’s only saving grace is its euphoric lyrics:
When I got my back up against the wall
Don’t need no one to rescue me
Cause I quit waiting up for no miracle
Tonight i’m running free
Into The Blue, Into The Blue
With nothing to lose, Into the blue
One can only hope that “Into the blue” is not the best that the new album has to offer. We most certainly have hope. “All the lovers” – the lead single off her “Aphrodite” was underwhelming at best but everything that followed was absolutely fantastic and everything that modern pop should be. We still look forward to the new Kylie Minogue album and hope that she surprises us the way she did with “Aphrodite“. Here is a full-length video of the new Kylie Minogue single “Into The Blue”:
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