Kylie Minogue, APHRODITE

The goddess Aphrodite is the Greek deity of love and beauty. The album Aphrodite by Australian pop star Kylie Minogue is her latest collection of fluffy dance tunes for clubs.

"What's the point of living if you don't want to dance?" This line from Kylie could cover her musical career, and it's a fine summary for Aphrodite. This album has the synthesizers going full blast as Kylie moves from one upbeat, feel-good song to another through the album. Song after song is about love, romance, and the dance floor. (The two exceptions are the willing-self delusion song "Evething Is Beautiful" and the possibly autobiographical title track: "Can you feel me in the stereo... it's the truth/it's a fact/I was gone/now I'm back.")

Aphrodite is occasionally enjoyable fluff. Kylie has a nice voice, if sometimes it tries to sound more cute than passionate. The lyrics are certainly nothing special (though not as painful as on Kylie's last album X) and the songs are occasionally decent and very forgettable. If you're having a party and want to get people dancing or have something light in the background, Aphrodite may be what you need; overall, though, it's unimpressive.

Overall grade: C-
Reviewed by James Lynch

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