The Gift of the Minogue – Another Kylie Christmas
When word spread that Kylie Minogue was re-releasing her Christmas album I was skeptical. Last year’s holiday release added another album to a catalogue of classic Christmas tunes; who could forget the synth-laden “White December” or disco-tastic “100 Degrees?” As soon as it began acceptable to listen to Christmas music, Kylie Christmas was put into heavy rotation. When November 25 hit, the Snow Queen Edition found its way into my heart, adding more Minogue magic in the form of six spectacular tracks.
Rounding off the campaign was the smashing “At Christmas.” The singer is delectably sweet as she croons over missing a special someone at this time of year. Undeniably festive, the song rings in that familiar Christmas overtone that we all know and love. Minogue invited singer MIKA to join her on covering Paul McCartney‘s familiar “Wonderful Christmastime.” Delightfully synthpop, the two are divine and create magic on a classic tune. Adding to covering others, Minogue is bittersweet on East 17’s “Stay Another Day.” What more could I say than Minogue brings out a tear as she reminisces about those lost — a great effort to remember those we lost alone this year.
A surprise moment of the new edition was the anthemic “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.” Live, the song is a great finisher but as for the album release, there’s a certain spark missing that doesn’t fulfill its festive message. And if things weren’t sparking your interest, Minogue covered the Bee Gees‘ “Night Fever” for a Saturday Night Fever musical in France, with the song being released on the French edition of the album. Needless to say, Disco Christmas is a thing.
Longtime friend Chris Martin of Coldplay graced Minogue’s album with his presence once more (co-writing the mature pop track “Every Day’s Like Christmas” in 2015). The brilliance in “Christmas Lights” is heartfelt as Minogue delivers her best yet with Martin’s lyrics providing a certain mature atmosphere that’s not been felt in some time. For a grand exit, Minogue took on “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good).” Starting off a beautiful ballad that resonates with a hopeful and positive message, the song morphs into an explosive house anthem. Upon first listen, I couldn’t help but smile and enjoy what Kylie Minogue gifts us each year in the sound of music.