After about 2 and a half decades in the music business, Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue finally releases her first Christmas album Kylie Christmas. Like most holiday albums, Kylie Christmas is made up of (mostly) covers and a few originals, and also features vocals by Iggy Pop, James Corden, Dannii Minogue, and Frank Sinatra.
“Only You”, the first single off the album, is a cover of Yazoo’s song with current The Late Late Show host James Corden. While not necessarily a Christmas tune, the pop ballad was given a little Christmas touch with the use of the glockenspiel. There is no doubt that both artistes can sing, but it feels like that a certain chemistry is missing.
On the other hand, her collaborations with Iggy Pop (“Christmas Wrapping”), sister Dannii (“100 Degrees”) and (even) Frank Sinatra (“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”) are more enjoyable to listen to. On The Waitresses cover “Christmas Wrapping”, Kylie and Iggy Pop bring out a rather cheeky playful side of the song.
Her duet with Frank Sinatra features a big band arrangement, and together with her harmonies with Sinatra, it is really quite a lovely, rather than cheesy, take. “100 Degrees” finds Kylie (and her sister) in her element with the disco-dance-pop arrangement.
While Kylie is more known for her dance music, it is quite surprising that most of the tracks feature a more retro and big band vibe, and surprisingly or not, the arrangement really complements her voice. It could possibly be a direction that she could head towards for her next studio album as well.
Kylie Christmas is not what you would expect from a typical Kylie album, and neither does it break new ground as some some critics have mentioned, but the cheery and positive elements that Kylie embody are all present. That itself would be a good reason to get the album already. At least for Christmas.