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To close out 2012, the year she celebrated K25, her 25 years as a recording artist, Kylie releases The Abbey Road Sessions, featuring many of her best-known hits "I Should Be So Lucky," "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" and "Locomotion" as well as rarities and collaborations, most notably a re-recording of her 1996 duet "Where The Wild Roses Grow" with Nick Cave. With breathtaking, cinematic new arrangements for orchestral ensemble, we hear the full range of Kylie's beguiling voice, as well as explore a new side to the magical songs that have catapulted her to international acclaim. Think of it as Kylie's intimate "best of" collection . . . up close and personal, with hand on heart.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.63 x 4.96 x 0.39 inches; 1.34 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Wb / Parlophone
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : September 6, 2012
- Label : Wb / Parlophone
- ASIN : B0096HNDXY
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #142,834 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Anyone who says they are a fan of Kylie ABSOLUTELY NEEDS this CD.
What a genius, to restructure all the songs is absolute genius. George Michael often restructured some of his work on tour and Kylie does not disappoint.
A MUST HAVE FOR ALL KYLIE FANS
This is Kylie's voice at it's most natural and, as shown by her recent incursion on Holy Motors, Jack & Diane and the Whistle feat. Mum, she is not just a pop singer.
The amazing orchestral or acoustic reworks display the best of Kylie, Mr. Steve Anderson and the back up singers and band's skills along with the heartbroken, blissful underlining of the songs and are testament that a good song, can stand the test of time regardless of how many times or how man arrangements of it we get to hear of it.
The biggest surprises for me Better the Devil You Know, Slow and the gorgeous Never Too Late. Flower just soars above the bunch and leaves you with a hopeful feeling and Can't Get You Out of My Head is truly reminiscent of a grand Bond performance.
Here's to the next #K25 :)
The one rough spot on the album is (unsurprisingly) the Locomotion. Always a novelty to begin with, I confess I've never had any great love for this song, and it drags this album down for a few minutes between a pair of otherwise stunning songs, Slow and Can't Get You Out of My Head. Skip over the Locomotion, though, and this album is rock solid.
Minogue is an underrated singer, and she is in fine voice here. The arrangements are fantastic, and the song selection (though predictable) is strong. Bottom line: This works. What could have been a throwaway experiment turns out to be a great addition to Kylie's incredibly long streak of great albums.
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All the new arrangements work very well. "All The Lovers" and "Love At First Sight" are simple and upbeat, "Finer Feelings" and "Confide In Me" have a melancholic brilliance. "The Locomotion" is trendily retro.
If you have vague memories of Charlene finding Madge's diamond in the trifle, or wept as she drove out of Ramsay Street for the last time, the songs from early on are so touching. Many of the SAW classics have been turned into ballads, and are suprisingly powerful as such. "Better The Devil You Know" is stunning as a slow song, whilst "Never Too Late" becomes memorable.
The "limited edition casebound book" version is rather nice, with CD book inside a hardback book, making a classy album classier.
A very good pop album; sophisticated and with a real beauty. The musicians excel, and Kylie has never been in better voice. For those there at the beginning it has added power and beauty, highly recommended.
One of the best songs, surprisingly, on this album is Finer Feelings. I say surprisingly because it wasn't a massive hit for Kylie first time around. But the lush rearrangement is a classic.
This is a smooth new album even though these tracks that have already been hit releases, and these versions are as different from the original production as Europop is different from smooth jazz.
The album carries the feel that this is an intimate session just between Kylie and you, with the songs in a more mature style, and they carry that feeling through to you.
If you have loved Streisand and hated Kylie before that will change now. This album is now at the top of my 'dinner party' playlist and is a much appreciated addition to my eclectic music collection.