We’ve been passing the time waiting for the new album by counting down each of her albums all the way to our favourite!
We’re now down to the top 2 — first up is X, her highly anticipated comeback album from 2007 — her first since her battle with breast cancer.
Released: November 2007.
Biggest hits: 2 Hearts topped the charts in Australia and Spain, top 20 through all of Europe, and became her 26th hit single in New Zealand. In My Arms became her biggest hit in continental Europe since Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, including #1 in Romania where it became the year’s second biggest seller. Wow also hit the top 10 in Europe.
Producers/songwriters: Bloodshy & Avant, Biffco, and the Freemasons all contributed to X. Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys said they were invited to write for X, but after submitting them, they never heard back saying “I think every songwriter in London wrote songs for Kylie’s last album. When we were on tour, we had two male backing singers and both had submitted songs for Kylie’s album as well. They never heard anything either.”
Best track: Speakerphone — a missed hit single, Perez raved about and even Madonna put it on her iTunes celebrity playlist.
Worst track: Nu-Di-Ty — not so much bad as much as kinda embarrassing.
The stats: While it still sold a million copies, sales were lower than anticipated, but it still hit #1 in Australia, top 20 positions throughout Europe, and became her tenth album to hit the top 40 in New Zealand.
What we think: Certainly not cohesive, the mixed styles of the album just make it more interesting. Perhaps seeing her perform most of X live on stage in New Zealand made us like it more placing it at #2 on our list of World’s Best Kylie Minogue albums.
And #1 is…. Body Language
Biggest hits: Slow topped the charts in Australia, Denmark, Romania, and the UK; hit top 10 throughout Europe, Canada, and New Zealand. It was also her last song to hit the US Hot100. Red Blooded Woman, another European and Australian top 10 hit only hit #19 in New Zealand, but achieved gold sales.
Producers/songwriters: Biffco, Cathy Dennis,Johnny Douglas, and Emiliana Torrini were onboard, as was Kurtis Mantronik who produced several tracks. Kylie wrote five tracks.
Best track: Promises — well it is this week, next week it will probably change.
Worst track: Red Blooded Woman — more because it doesn’t fit on the album or sound like a Kylie song than for being bad.
The stats: Coming off the back of Fever, Body Language‘s sales were more muted, but gold and platinum sales were still achieved throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
What we think: Lush all the way though. Cohesive without sounding the same, it sees Kylie take a bold step with an R’n’B tinge. The Body Language CD was stuck in the car stereo for six months straight, so perhaps that’s why we like it so much, but Body Language is #1 on our list of World’s Best Kylie Minogue albums.
So here are World’s Best Kylie Minogue albums, according to Aaron and Andy.com:
- Body Language
- Light Years
- Impossible Princess
- Let’s Get To It
- Rhythm of Love
- Kylie Minogue
- Enjoy Yourself
So do you agree with our assessment? And will Aphrodite knock Body Language from the top? Let us know your thoughts.
Congratulations to Paul (Upper Hutt) who takes home our fabulous Kylie prize-pack from Warner Music.
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