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      14.08.2008 14:45
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      A definate positive start to one of the most successful POP career's in the charts.

      How do you review something objectively that you've known nearly all of your life. Its like asking you to review your youngest sister. I've had this CD since I was 9 years old. Thats 20 years since I got this album. Its had to be replaced a few times I have to say, but very ocassionally I dust it down for a nostalgic listen. What albums have you had most of your life?

      It has been very easy over the years to berate the musical efforts of the Stock Aitken and Waterman hit factory. Many of the songs did have similar production values. Kylie herself has been the easiest target of all their acts, namely because she is considered the antithesis of music, came from a shoddy daytime soap, and was their biggest selling act.

      However easy it is to play down the merits of their music, and indeed Kylie's long standing achievements, many acts would give their smashed up hotel rooms to have a debut album sell over 7 million copies. Which is exactly what "Kylie" did. It was the soundtrack to every 9 year olds life in 1988, and probably a few of their mum's as well.

      Opening with huge seller I Should Be So Lucky, it was that song that got the ball rolling internationally for Kylie. With its layered vocals, that irritating but addictive I-I-I-I-I-I-I bridge, and of course the ever famous bubble bath video, its no surprise to anybody that by December 1988, the world AND Kylie hated it. She even famously refused to perform it live until Nick Cave showed her the light by having her recite it at the Poetry Olympics. Now its a fan treasure that Kylie herself dusts down for every tour.

      Kylie's cover of The Locomotion had 2 very different version for its 1987 Australian debut and the UK's summer-of-88 party anthem. Well the album version is different again, opening with a beatless chugg. Locomotion is kinda bland in any guise though, although a recent bluesy transition has saw it garner popularity at Kylie's shows. Even Little Eva's 60's original is really quite naff in a "lets dance drunk" way.

      Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquio was the fourth single from the album. Its made up of a subtle homage to classical music and quite a haunting message about a woman (or girl) who is stood up in a bar by somebody she loves. Whilst it has all the ingredients of both Kylie and SAW, it sidesteps the conventions of their early songs, and certainly shows musical and vocal growth at an early stage.

      Its No Secret is the album's ballad, and its not a bad efforts. With all of Kylie's first records, it has a rather childlike viewpoint on love and hurt, but with Kylie really giving it some wellie in the vocal department its a pleasant surprise. It doesn't really sound like the other songs on the album either, or indeed most of SAW's other songs. It was another international hit for Kylie, with notable success in America.

      Got To Be Certain is that always daunting follow up single. An initial chart entry of Number 15 had the critics spitting with excitment as they rolled out their "One Hit Wonder" headlines. They were forced to eat their words when the bouncy track stopped at number 2 for 3 weeks. This song was originally recorded by Mandy Smith, but Kylie got it when SAW had nothing else as follow up record. It remains Kylie's most loathed treasure, one that fans demand on tour all the time, but are never rewarded with.

      Turn It Into Love is the finest track on the album, full of empty longing and an impressive delivery from Kylie. The synthesiser is put to good use on this one, where usually it can be a bit of a hindrance. The song was the 6th international single from the album and topped the charts in Japan for more than 3 months.

      I Miss You is a flat effort with Kylie talking about hugging her pillow during her hours of loneliness. Pete Waterman would have you believe that many of these songs were written with Kylie's relationship with Jason in mind, but I think thats a contrived afterthought and that these songs were simply what they came up with quickly for Kylie's quick visits to their UK based studio.

      I'll Still Be Loving You is the slowest track on the album, and has a weird sound throughout that sounds like Rolf Harris' washboard. Still, its a decent track that has another excellent vocal delivery from Kylie. The irony is that the single's released were the most over-processed in terms of her voice, so the other millions who didn't like her for that reason might have seen it differently had they heard her voice in this light.

      Look My Way is a slightly more soulful effort than the rest of the album. It fits in perfectly though, given that much of the album is about a lack of success in relationships, or in being noticed by somebody she loves. Another irony, given Kylie's now much maligned history, you could say these songs were something of a premonition.

      The last track is Kylie-does-vaudeville of sorts. The most upbeat track on the album, it kinda gets you clapping your knee's. Love At First Sight is not the same song that she released with 2001's Fever album, but indeed even more high energy and twitchy. Its a good finish to the album, and captures Kylie's enthusiastic bounce perfectly.

      There's no doubt that Kylie's voice got much tinkering in the early days, and its not the rawest most emotive instrument a person could possess. However, with that tinkering, this first album showed promise that was rather thrown away on the second album. The other problem is that its just too short. At less than 40 minutes, it has more singles than album tracks. It was a definate quick marketing device for the Kylie machine to get the album out well in advance of the all important christmas sales. Not a bad plan, it would turn out.

      For all the obvious critisisms, and the lack of enthusiasm from the critics and an adult audience, it is a solid effort that got deserved good sales. Given that it was also the album that got the ball rolling on an impressive 21 year career in music, she must have ticked some of the right boxes. Nobody considered as talentless as Kylie was in 1988 sells that many records, and goes onto become one of pop's most popular females.

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        23.01.2008 23:16
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        great poppy album

        Bursting onto the scene in 1988 was Charlene from Neighbours, the worldwide superstar we now know as Kylie Minogue. In the late 80s, with pop music at its peak, Kylie's brand of bubblegum pop was perfect and suited the already rising market. Already popular from Neighbours, with her big wedding to Scott just shortly before her leaving the show, she was already a national favourite in her native Australia and quite a treasure in the UK as well, possibly the worlds biggest market for pop music.

        Her cover of 'The Locomotion' was a big hit, making number two in the UK, the highest debut entry for a female solo artist ever, previously held by Madonna. It went number one in Australia, holding the top spot for seven weeks, and also made number three for two in the USA. This immediate success was followed up with 'I should be so lucky', a simple, perfect pop tune with a catchy beat and set of lyrics, coupled with a cheesy, fun video which brought about the now legendary bathtub and bubbles. It made number one in the UK, for five weeks, and Australia, where it became the highest selling single of 1989, and became not only a Kylie classic, but an 80s classic as well.

        The initial success was backed up by a fantastic, catchy pop album, packed with memorable and entertaining songs in the style of the day, riding the 80s pop wave completely with its simple electronic sound, yet it still sounds quite fresh even today. The album is full of great tunes that have long been forgotten by the masses, yet are updated and enjoyed by fans world over on her tours today. The touching, soulful 'Je Ne Said Pas Pourquoi' is a fabulous blend of beats and Kylie's vocals, which even in the simple pop guise of the 80s seem to radiate her passion and feelings. Other tracks like 'It's no secret' carries a great beat and change of tempos, making it so listenable, something you could, and many people have, heard time and again.

        'Got to be Certain', a fan favourite...and mine) the video where
        the fashion sense was questionable, even for the late 80s, something Kylie herself always laughs about, is an interesting song with a beat that just makes you bop and sing along, and just enjoy yourself. 'Turn it into Love' offers a unique sound, something about it just setting it apart, along with vocals where Minogue lets a bit of her true tones break through, leading to a chorus that you can't help but join in with. 'Look my way', near the end of her now legendary debut album, has a very Madonna-esque sound, and was likely inspired by her anyway being the 80s. The blend of switching beats and electronic sounds greats a very animated kind of tune, where Kylie's vocals just flow over the top, creating a kind of song you'd shake your padded shoulders to back in the great decade itself.

        Ultimately, like many 80s pop albums Kylie's debut is no exception, with a very similar sound throughout and little creativity from the lady herself, though her talent was never in doubt. But it didn't matter. In the late 1980s pop music was still fun and interesting, people didn't have to be serious and creative with everything, and Kylie embodies fun and feel-good all the way in this fantastic bouncy bubblegum pop album, which is undoubtedly one of the biggest things to come from 1980s pop music, and probably the biggest success the Hits factory of Stock, Aitken and Waterman ever had. This fantastic, high-selling debut, selling over 7.5 million copies worldwide to date, led to a further three albums with PWL and launched Minogue as a true popstar, where her talent and dedication have carried her far.

        highly recommended album if you love bubblegum kylie.
        Available at amazon. £7.49. Quite a cringe-worthy front cover, what with her hair dragged through hat,

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          When you think of most singers, that have originally started as actors, most of them are a flop. The only programme where there have been a good amount of decent singers out of it is neighbours. Not only is there kylie, who I?m writing this review about, but Natalie Imbruglia is a decent singer and it looks as if holly vallance isn't going to turn out too bad either ok onto the main subject I'm writing my review on what is her first album. Although to be honest, when this came out I was still in nappies. This CD was actually my parents choice, they still tell me how I used to bop around to this in my nappy. I suppose I still like this album because it was one of the first pieces of music I heard. This album is self titled Kylie. On the cover it has a picture of her, where she looks very pretty, as she still does now. But just by looking at the cover you can tell that this was in the 80's. She?s wearing a nearly off the shoulder black top with a pair of gold sunglasses printed on her top. Her hair is in a perm ( of course it was, all the rage in those days,) with a white background quite basic, but it works, I mean who couldn't resist buying and album with her lovely sweet face on it. This was a very successful album for the time. it went platinum and had sales of over 1.85 million she must have been earning loads lol. This was actually released in 1988. I should have told you that before really shouldn't I ahh well :). This cd has only got 10 tracks on. I'm going to tell you about them below 1. I should be so lucky This is one of her first most successful songs, it did reach number one and stayed there for 5 weeks. In the music video to this she looks so girl next door, hardly like the sexy starlet she seems to be now. This song is about a crush, seeing as she is only young herself then she would be about 20. Its where she's always thinking about a boy in her head and she's so happy wh
          en she's dreaming about him, but that?s all she can do because she hasn't the courage to tell him and he doesn't notice her. I think all girls have felt like this in their pre or early teens, I know I did lol. 2. The loco-motion This reached number two in the uk, which is still not bad. I'm sure this is a cover from somebody else although I can't remember who. This is basically a great song to play at discos and was played until the mid 90's, I don't think its played that much anymore, but its a typical party song, and is great fun :). 3. Je ne sais pas pourquoi This reached number two as well. I just thought I?d tell you that the title means I don?t know why. She probably sang a bit of it in French as its such a lovely accent. It adds something different to the song. This is about a girl whose with her boyfriend or lover, but isn't treating her as he should, basically he's being an arse and she?s wondering why she still loves him when he treats her this way. 4. Its no secret. This was one of the songs that was not released as a single. That doesn't mean to say that its not very good. Its got a typical 80's sound to it, with lots of keyboard in it. Its quite a sad song really. Its where she really loves her boyfriend then she finds out that he was cheating on her, and she was the last to know, because he had told everybody else, then she goes on what a farce the relationship was and how hurt she was. 5.Got to be certain This is the last song on the album that was released. again the highest it could get was a number two. This is quite a lively song. Its about a lad who wants to go out with her but she's not sure and she?s singing about how she?s not sure and that she's "got to be certain". I don't blame her for taking a while to think after all the heartbreak she's seemed to have over the past few songs. 6.Turn it i
          nto love As this is getting towards the end of the album I haven't heard this one as much as I have the others, but its another depressing one I?m afraid. She's singing about how her bloke is so jealous and can't trust her. she realises that he can't help this so she?s trying to persuade him to trust her. 7. I miss you. I can really relate to this one. The title speaks for itself its about how much she's missing her fella cause she can't be with him. And I?m the same unfortunately, all the things she sings about are things you feel and do when you miss someone such as daydream about them all the time and stare at their photo all day ahhhh true love aye 8. I'll still be loving you This is another sad one I?m afraid and I?m not keen on this one its a bit well.. winy. Its where she doesn't think she's right with the bloke she?s with. I think the relationship they have has come to an end, not in a bad way, they're just going their different ways. 9. Look my way Hmm this is virtually telling the same things as "I can be so lucky" I suppose why I don't like it also. the beginning of the song also sounds like the beginning of get into the groove by Madonna I suppose it was around the same era. 10. Love at first sight This is about her probably in a bar where she sees this totally fanciable stranger and guess what !!!! he smiles back at her. then they got it together and hugged and danced. This is quite a good song, a bit better than the songs in the middle of this album All in all this is an ok album especially the first few songs, but the last few aren't that good. I much prefer her current music but I suppose that?s because most young peoples tastes change with time. Ahh perfect album for me to listen to and remember the days when I was a child as this album does bring back some memories for me you can still bu
          y this album, one site you can buy it from is Amazon. for 50p used, bargain !!!

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            'From small acorns mighty oaks will grow', or so they say, which seems to to me to be an apt description of the rise and rise of pop superstar Kylie Minogue. Although her diminuitive stature belies her star status there can be no doubting that Kylie Minogue is the princess of pop, and although she has a long way to go to emulate Madonna there can be no doubt that her career has progressed steadily to new peaks in the last twelve months. However, when the young Australian was catapulted into the pop spotlight at the tender age of 19, courtesy of pop svengali Pete Waterman, few would have imagined that almost fifteen years later she would still be riding high at the top of the charts. Everyone has to start somewhere, and Kylie's debut LP (in the days when people still called them LP's!) was a massive seller in the summer of 1988 right through to the lucrative festive season (although peronally, I opted to buy the cassette version.) Released on the PWL record label in July of 1998, and produced (and 9/10ths written) by the hit making trio of Stock Aitken Waterman, it sold two million copies in the UK alone, and millions more the World over. Containing just ten tracks and measuring in at just over 35 minutes, it is often forgotten about these days, but it still holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first albums that I bought. I Should Be So Lucky Classic PWL pop at its catchy repetitive best. When someone said to Pete Waterman that all the songs that they produced sounded the same he simply replied 'Yes - they all sound like hits.' Many a true word is said in jest, but this track captured the imagination of the nation (and lots of other words ending in 'tion' as well!) A number one in twelve countries, including Australia, as well as five weeks at the chart summit here in the UK. The Loco-motion This song already had a chart pedigree, having been a number two
            hit for Little Eva in 1962, as well as being a seven week chart-topper for Kylie in her native Australia the previous year. Here in a re-recorded version (Pete Waterman didn't like the original that had been made by one of his tape operators, Mike Duffy) it was also re-mixed yet again for the UK single release. 'Everybody's Doin' A Brand New Dance Now, C'mon Baby Do The Loco-motion' - we've all danced to this one at a party, whether we like to admit it or not! The single was the third taken from the album and was only prevented from reaching number one by Yazz and the Plastic Population's 'The Only Way Is Up', racking up four consective weeks in the runner-up position. Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi In a relatively radical departure from the usual 4/4 pop/dance formula, this song made a refreshing change with its mid-tempo ballad feel. It also became the fourth hit single to be taken from the album reaching number two in the UK, held off from reaching the top by Enya's 'Orinocco Flow.' The song was renamed 'I Still Love You' (the words from the previous line in the song) for Australian and US single releases, as it wasn't considered that they would take to a song that had a foreign language title. It's No Secret Although not released as a single in this country this song was, perhaps surprisingly, a top 40 hit in America. Again this is a song in the mid-tempo ballad mould and is a welcome contrast to some of the more up-tempo pop songs on the album. Got To Be Certain Back to traditional PWL territory, 'Got To Be Certain' was the follow up single to 'Lucky' in June of 1998. The charity single 'With A Little Help From My Friends' by Wet Wet Wet ensured that Kylie was unable to make it two chart toppers in a row, and this was to be the first of three singles from the album to peak at number two. To my mind, although with less of a c
            ommercial appeal than 'Lucky' I always considered this a better song with its rolling verse and upbeat chorus. Turn It Into Love The fact that this song was never released as a single is a travesty. In fact, I tell a lie - it was a hit in Japan, and Hazell Dean's version of the same song was a minor chart hit in the Autumn of 1988, but the fact that Kylie's version was never to make it onto 45rpm vinyl in the UK was a travesty. The lyrics, the arrangement, and their delivery, gave me goosebumps then, and given the right mood still do now: 'Turn It Into Love, Turn It Into Love, And Open Up Your Heart And You'll Never Be Afraid If You Turn It, Turn It, Turn It Into Love.' After six storming tracks, all of which could have been number one singles, the rest of the album was a relative disappointment. However, it allowed Kylie to explore a new side to her music - one that perhaps people may not have expected from her at the time. I Miss You After a couple of mid-tempo ballads earlier in the album, this song was the first real ballad, although its simple naivety suggested that Stock Aitken Waterman were better off sticking to the upbeat numbers that they were best known for. I'll Still Be Loving You Another mid-tempo ballad, this is a song that sounds like it started off as an upbeat song and then was slowed down a bit to give additional contrast. In doing this it achieves little, and is probably one of my least favourite tracks from this album. Look My Way This was the nearest Kylie got to R 'n' B on this album, and is a reasonably credible attempt to give a slightly different slant to the other songs of this type that were around at the time, predominatly those produced by LA & Babyface. Love At First After three slightly more downbeat tracks, Love At First Sight is a bright return to form and a pleasant upbeat ending to this album.
            Although I don't consider it to be a filler, it was never likely to be released as a single So that's it - just ten tracks, although in some countries the duet with Jason Donovan 'Especially For You' was added as a bonus track. There will always be detractors who say that Kylie never wrote her own music (although she does dabble now and again these days) and that she was at the mercy of producers who were shaping her career for her in these early years. To this I would say 'tosh', 'poppycock', and 'balderdash' (or other harsher words that express the same sentiments.) Throughout time many artists have performed other people's music. This is not a crime, and the fact that they are able to transform someone else's song into their own through their performance is an art all of its own. {An original Dooyoo opinion © Blackjane 2001} {Note: Although technically deleted (I think) you can probably pick this CD up second-hand for about a fiver in most reasonable second hand music shops.]

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              This album came out in 1988, to coincide with the publicity surrounding Scott and Charlene's wedding in Neighbours. Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue both started out their musical careers through PWL / Stock Aitken Waterman, so not surprisingly, this album is full of cheesy, vapid pop music. This is not to say it is rubbish or worthless. I think any album which can make you happy, start tapping your feet and singing out loud, is worth listening to. But this is very dated , very 1988. Each track comes off a conveyorbelt of disposable pop. I Should Be So Lucky was the biggest hit of this album, followed by The Loco-Motion, but there are ten tracks on here and all are okay really. You won't find anything ground-breaking or even very original - let's face it, any of these songs could have been released by Rick Astley, Mel and Kim or a succession of artists from the same camp. Kylie can sing, she is talented and has proved her longevity by still topping the charts some twelve years after this album.

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            Disc #1 Tracklisting
            1 I Should Be So Lucky
            2 Loco-Motion
            3 Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi
            4 It's No Secret
            5 Got to Be Certain
            6 Turn It into Love
            7 I Miss You
            8 I'll Still Be Loving You
            9 Look My Way
            10 Love at First Sight