February 16, 2004 12:00 PM

Kylie Minogue


Kylie Minogue brought back ’80s dance-pop with her infectious 2002 international smash “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.” The Aussie diva continues to party like it’s 1985, with mixed results, on her latest. The new-wavish “Secret (Take You Home)” borrows a bit from Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam’s 1985 club classic “I Wonder If I Take You Home.” Elsewhere she quotes from INXS’ 1988 hit “New Sensation” on “Sweet Music” and Dead or Alive’s 1985 gem “You Spin Me ‘Round (Like a Record)” on “Red Blooded Woman.” Meanwhile, the glossy “Promises” sounds like an outtake from Madonna‘s True Blue album. As with much of ’80s dance-pop, though, there is a cheesy quality to these synth-driven tracks that makes them feel dated at times. And the lyrics are about as lightweight as Minogue’s wisp of a voice. Still, when she is at her best, as on the hypnotic, sensual “Slow,” you won’t be able to get Kylie out of your head.

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