Kylie Minogue delivers a much-needed shimmering light of hope on the Aussie Queen of Pop’s 15th studio album, DISCO. During the early part of 2020, Minogue learned to record and engineer her own vocals as the COVID-19 outbreak began. The majority of DISCO was created while using her own home studio amid the pandemic’s lockdown, which served as the primary source of inspiration for the album’s theme of escapism and isolation. Minogue co-wrote all 16 of the deluxe album’s tracks, with the bulk of production duties helmed by Sky Adams (Doja Cat, Zak Abel) and Teemu Brunila (The Crash, Trey Songz).
“We’re a million miles apart in a thousand ways” laments Minogue on album leadoff single “Say Something,” which presently sums up the current mood and feelings of thousands of people around the world, while establishing the tone. With DISCO, Kylie is attempting to lift spirits as a counterbalance to enduring the lost freedoms of normal life during what can only be described as a wasted year.
Although DISCO leans more towards Madonna than Donna Summer, Minogue has crafted the perfect throwback soundtrack to dance away your pandemic blues, by sonically creating a virtual dance floor to cure your lockdown woes. With plenty of melodic nods to the 1970’s grooviest of grooves, DISCO more than lives up to the promise of its title. It literally sounds like a 1970s disco record made in 2020.
“Dancing together, ain’t nothing that could be better/Tomorrow don’t matter, gonna make the night last forever,” decrees Minogue on the feel-good album opener, “Magic.”
Upon its release, DISCO not only landed atop U.S. iTunes’ sales chart, but also debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Top Albums Sales chart, hit number one on the Official Albums Chart in the U.K. and debuted at number one in Australia, becoming Minogue’s 7th chart topping album on the ARIA Charts. It seems DISCO has been shown global love during one of the planet’s most difficult years.
With DISCO, Minogue deserves to be applauded for proudly choosing to keep her post-disco queen crown firmly intact, instead of losing her identity while fruitlessly chasing current trends and charts. DISCO is triumphant return to form, which we need now more than ever.
So, kudos to Kylie Minogue for making DISCO everything I’d hoped it would be and more. Simply put, I love it (pun intended)!
“Dance through the darkness, together eternally.”