Club Disco Revisited: Dannii Minogue’s Last Studio Album
Many years ago, Dannii Minogue would release what would be her fifth – and last – studio album. Club Disco was Minogue’s first album under the All Around The World Productions label, known for artists like Cascada, Martin Solveig, and other popular dance acts. Comprised of various singles from her time releasing singles under AATW, the album included tracks from one of Minogue’s compilation albums (The Hits & Beyond) and new tracks. Originally titled Heavy Disco, the album received a name change after the inclusion of her earlier tracks from TH&B.
Various editions of my favorite album offer different track listings, but the digital edition of Club Disco begins with “Feel Like I Do.” Its rapid piano introduction ushers in sounds of the 80s, with vague alarms and urging someone to meet you on the dance floor. True to its name, disco is a staple in any Minogue song with “Perfection” sampling 70s hit “Turn the Beat Around.” The disco-inspired tune is given the extended mix, opting out of the traditional radio edit, but it’s a good thing – the build-up is extraordinary with Dannii repeating, “Boy you know you’re so perfect/ How can you be so damn perfect?” before the song returns to its disco roots. The first record I ever owned came in the form of “You Won’t Forget About Me” – an instrumental that Minogue provided lyrics for. The perfect summer romance house track was a collaboration with Flower Power, with the music video inspired by Sex and the City.
The first song I ever heard from the queen of clubs was “Love Fight”; inspired from sounds of the 80s and full of pent-up energy that culminates in what could very well be angry sex. “I’m Sorry” is an electropop tune, asking for forgiveness after the love has died. The Giorgio Moroder-esque “Gone” follows the same path as the producer’s “The Chase”, and once again, lyrically dives into a passionate affair. When older sister Kylie was diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as that of an unnamed friend, Dannii found the words to describe the tough situation. “So Under Pressure” describes the aspect of what it feels like to drown in a scenario like that, putting on a brave face and being the family’s spokesperson to address her sister’s health to fans across the world. Towards the end, hidden underneath the chorus is Minogue repeating “And I wanna get out, cos it’s gonna blow out” – connecting the pressure of it all.
The Club Disco version of “Good Times” is a slightly remixed version, keeping the breathy vocals in check against a fast paced disco tune. Spring break arrives in the form of “Sunrise”, a steady guitar that ushers in the partying lifestyle until dawn. Originally meant for BBC’s Children in Need, Dannii covered “He’s The Greatest Dancer” as the charity single for 2006 until Minogue signed up to judge X-Factor. After that, BBC replaced Dannii’s cover with former Spice Girls Emma Bunton’s cover of “Downtown.” BBC’s loss, because the track shot to number one on the dance charts. A never fully realized single exists in “I Can’t Sleep At Night”. The video for it filmed, remixes ready to go, but the track never reached its potential to achieve a number one. “I Will Come to You” feels like what an ethereal being could be in the form of dance music, and is a call to someone, letting them you’re never far away. “I’ve Been Waiting For You” feels like a knockoff of “Sunrise”, but still has the vibe of a summer track.
As Club Disco dims its lights, the songs seem to lose the ‘in your face’ sensation and opts for a more sparse instrumentation. The lyrics and music of “Round the World” seem to mimic its namesake, its endless and repetitive chorus seem to take you on an endless journey and doesn’t really end until the next track kicks in. Released digitally only, “Do You Believe Me Now” was penned by the legendary Roger Sanchez and features Minogue calling out to a lover. It’s definitely one of the sweetest moments on the album. It’s not a party unless a Minogue is crooning out an Olivia Newton-John tune. The younger Minogue takes on “Xanadu”, opting out of the upbeat performance she’s given at London’s G-A-Y. Instead, the remake is given a chilled out makeover from Thriller Jill, with breathy vocals. If you nab the physical edition of Disco, the track listing differs with “Touch Me Like That” taking the lead. Jason Nevins penned the disco track, sampling a few bits from Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”, garnering Minogue her 12th #1 Dance Hit in a row. Extra features on the album include Afterlife’s lounge mixes of “I Can’t Sleep At Night” and “You Won’t Forget About Me”, giving listeners a chance to step away from the dance floor. The physical version also includes a bonus disc of remixes from the likes of Shapeshifters, Stonebridge, and Space Cowboy.
Club Disco may be the last album from Dannii – at least for now, fingers crossed – but it’s a labor of love for dance music. It continues to show why the younger Minogue reigns as queen of clubs, and hopefully the Australian starlet will see to it a new album comprised of modern electronica emerges.