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Genre: Pop - Dance Pop / Artist: Dannii Minogue / CD+DVD / Audio CD released 2006-06-19 at Umtv

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      06.11.2013 13:58
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      A good album!

      The Hits and Beyond is the greatest hits album of Dannii Minogue. It was released in the United Kingdom in 2006. The CD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £5.48.

      ~ * Track Listing * ~

      1) Put The Needle On It 2) I Begin To Wonder 3) So Under Pressure 4) You Won't Forget About Me 5) All I Wanna Do 6) This Is It 7) Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling 8) Baby Love 9) Everything I Wanted 10) Disrememberance 11) Jump To The Beat 12) Love and Kisses 13) Success 14) Perfection 15) Who Do You Love (Riva) 16) Love Fight 17) Sunrise 18) I Can't Sleep At Night 19) Gone 20) Good Times

      First of all, before buying this CD, had you asked me to name one of Dannii Minogue's songs - I wouldn't have had a clue. Neither would I have been able to recognise one of Danni's songs on the radio. So imagine my pleasant surprise to discover that she actually had some good songs - but I don't understand why I hadn't heard of any of them before.

      A lot of the songs on here come under the dance / pop genre so I imagine that the songs on here would have been played in clubs back in the day. Songs I love include 'I Begin To Wonder' and 'Put The Needle On It'. However to be honest all of the songs are very likeable and it is the kind of album which I can play from start to finish without skipping (and I am a big skipper when it comes to listening to albums.

      To be honest, I had always thought of Dannii as a failure...someone who was trying to make it in their sister's shoes. However, having had a good listen to this album, it turns out that Dannii can actually sing - really well in fact. The songs on here really suit off her voice - I particularly think her vocals are good on the song 'Disrememberance'.

      All in all, I would recommend this album!

      Thanks for reading!
      November 2013
      Xd-o-n-z-x

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      03.06.2012 22:39
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      A fantastic album for a fantastic artist.

      Dannii minogue has been a personal favourite of mine for a while now and i like her perfect female vocals with all the effects and what not. She has a great variety right from RnB up to hard dance with Who Do You Love Now? Being my favourite. The response I get from that song on the dance floor when the strings kick in is quite simply unfathomable. I would even go as far as saying she's better than her sister, Kylie.

      As i have always said the first track should sum up an artist and this for me is the only negative of Dannii's album. Its a slow electronic dance track. Roughly 120BPM and is what i would call "warm up music" at a wedding or party. Its not who or what dannii minogue is about, she does the massive vocals over a chorus at 130BPM and some strings all over the place. Its not her best selling song but its the first on there. It has some wierd vocal loops of "put the needle on it" over and over.

      Track 2 Begin to wonder should be track 1 is. It sums up dannii perfectly and brings back memories of how high in the chart she got back in the early naughties. Its a dance track with female vocals throughout, something i haven't enjoyed as much since XTM - Fly on the wings of love.

      Her vocals are on key, she has a great voice but she doesn't really nudge the high notes in her songs, its all normal volume and keeping it simple with a basic effects machine over the top but it isnt used excessively.

      Repetitiveness is something unheard of in this album, each song is unqiue in its own way and something i noticed: all songs have a completely different BPM. way to mix it up dannii! You dont hear guitars which makes a change from most pop music but i cant help but feel 1 or 2 slow soulful tracks wouldnt hurt. Its not dannii's style to sit down with a guitar i know that but some really laid back RnB tracks would be good, otherwise i class this as a dance/electronic album for the majority of it.

      She is a better singer than her sister, her songs STILL go down a treat in clubs and people still know who she is, this album is excellent and deserves 5 stars.

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      14.05.2010 18:18
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      Give it a listen, you'll know more of her music then you thought you did

      Normally I'm not too fond of Greatest Hits collections. I mean, it's nice to have a selection of singles by your favourite artist on one disc, but fans hardly ever get something new anymore. Any new tracks usually end up as singles, so there's no incentive to buy the album.
      But in 2006 Dannii Minogue gave the tired old format a new look. With 5 new tracks [at the time of release] she also let it be known that there is still a lot more to come.


      **

      We follow Ms Minogue through her attitude laced, Americanized pop beginnings with 4 singles from her first album 'Love And Kisses' bought to us by the great Alvin Moody [seriously, anyone heard of him?], and the classic single This Is It from her second album 'Get Into You'.
      It's a shame more of her 'Get Into You' work didn't make it into this album - her vocals were the best she's ever recorded.

      We also hear Dannii as she crosses over into dance territory via the trance undertones from her 3 'Girl' singles. Ever heard of Xenomania? Dannii worked with them on Girl, almost a decade before her sister and Girls Aloud snagged them.
      Dannii's most popular electronic pop/dance sound is cemented with the 4 'Neon Nights' singles, and 2 non-album releases You won't Forget About Me and Perfection.

      And there's also a glimpse into the future style and sound of Dannii with promotional single So under Pressure. If you loved Dannii's 'Girl' + releases, and adore bands like Goldfrapp you will love this.


      **

      On the minus side:

      This album was just thrown together at the last minute after Dannii called off her 5th album [her best friend was diagnosed with terminal cancer shorty after her sister was also diagnosed with the same disease], and when you consider the average album sleeve, lackluster promotional work and the way the older tracks soud unmastered, it does show.


      Also; Some people may find the track flow too choppy; All of her albums have had different musical styles, so it is 'jerky' when you listen to it all of the way through.


      **

      Released by:

      Universal Records


      Produced by:

      Lee Monteverde, Soul Seekerz, Flower Power, Neimo & Al Stone, Korpi & Blackcell, Riva, Flexifinger, Metro, Brian Higgins & Matt Gray, Tim Lever, Mike Percy, Steve 'Silk' Hurly, Les Adams, Emma Freilich, Andy Whitmore, Alvin Moody, Vincent Bell, Dancin' Danny D


      **

      Tracklist

      1. Put The Needle On It
      2. I Begin To Wonder
      3. Who Do You Love Now
      4. You Won't Forget About Me
      5. Love And Kisses
      6. Success
      7. All I Wanna Do
      8. Jump To The Beat
      9. Perfection
      10. Baby Love
      11. This Is it
      12. Disrememberance
      13. Everything I Wanted
      14. Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling
      15. So Under Pressure
      16. I Can't Sleep At Night
      17. Love Fight
      18. Gone
      19. Good Times
      20. Sunrise
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      Disc 2 - DVD
      [Earlier album formats only]

      1. Put The Needle On It
      2. I Begin To Wonder
      3. Who Do You Love Now
      4. You Won't Forget About Me
      5. Love And Kisses
      6. Success
      7. All I Wanna Do
      8. Jump To The Beat
      9. Perfection
      10. Baby Love
      11. This Is It
      12. Disrememberance
      13. Everything I Wanted
      14. Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling
      15. So Under Pressure
      16. I Can't Sleep At Night (Was going to be a single, but the record label mistakingly released it to pay-and-view cable!)

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        15.01.2010 20:12
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        A curious restrospective of the lesser-loved Minogue

        More renowned as being a judge on ITV1's dreaded X Factor, it's sometimes hard to remember that Dannii Minogue has been a reasonably successful recording artist for as long as her elder sister (indeed, slightly longer - she was the first one to actually release a single in Australia). Through ups and downs, Dannii has largely been overlooked in favour of her sister, and The Hits and Beyond probably provides all the evidence you need to understand why.

        In the UK, Dannii Minogue released four studio albums between 1990 and 2003. Two of these made the top ten and saw reasonable commercial success from the singles within, whereas the other two failed to make even a basic dent in the charts and disappeared without a trace. This amply demonstrates the inconsistencies in Minogue's career; she could go from a top ten, raved about hit to anonymity in the space of a couple of weeks and it always felt as though her heart just wasn't in it.

        Released in 2006, The Hits and Beyond is a retrospective of Minogue's UK career, taking in the most successful releases from each of the four studio albums. The album marked a turning point in Minogue's career. Recently signed to one of the UK's leading commercial dance labels (All Around The World) Minogue seemed keen to exploit herself as a commanding force in dance music and, sales aside, she had seem some notable success. In the UK Dance Chart, Minogue had twelve number one singles and (on this basis at least) remains the most successful female dance artist in the UK.

        Most listeners will agree, therefore, that The Hits and Beyond is essentially a disc of two halves. Comprising twenty tracks, the album features fifteen songs that were released as singles in the UK, along with five 'new' tracks to attract new listeners. Curiously, the five 'new' tracks were lifted from her fifth studio album, Club Disco, which was released a year later in a restricted digital format and failed to chart. Like most of Minogue's career, the album failed to ignite and made a lowly number 17 in the UK album charts.

        It's not hard to see why; this is one of the most inconsistent singles collections that I have ever heard. Seeming to recognise the fact that Minogue's earlier material had dated awfully, the record company failed to arrange the disc in any kind of chronological order, opening with the newer stuff, moving into the older stuff and then moving back out to the very new stuff to round it all off. Essentially, it's rather like listening to three entirely different singers. As Minogue matured in the thirteen years between 1990 and 2003, everything about her music moved on in equal doses. Her voice improved, her choice of material improved (drastically) and the maturity of her sound clearly appealed to a wider audience.

        This actually makes the older material something of an ordeal. For starters, Minogue's voice is pretty dreadful. Shrill, tuneless and desperate she compares highly unfavourably to her elder sister and relies instead on old school production to try and see her through. It seldom works. Her debut single 'Love and Kisses' has a nice, airy, upbeat feel about it until Minogue starts singing, at which point it becomes tuneless and tiresome. Her cover versions of Jump to the Beat and Baby Love seemed bearable at the time of their release, but listening to them now, they seem to have dated terribly and are really only likeable when someone other than Minogue is singing. There's a terrible sense of desperation about these Love and Kisses years; as though Minogue were being battered into doing something to compete with the rising superstar that was her sister, when in fact she really didn't want to. Laughably, one of the five singles off the first album (I Don't Wanna Take This Pain) is omitted here; the irony doesn't go unnoticed.

        Second album Gold was a flop and despite spawning five UK singles, only one is featured here. The first single (Show You The Way To Go) is sadly missed here - it was a competent enough cover version compared to the previous two. Only Minogue's shrill cover version of This Is It is featured here, a boppy, summery cover of the classic tune, essentially massacred by Minogue's razor blade gargling vocals.

        After a hiatus of three years, Minogue returned with a new sound and a maturer, sexier image and for a while it started to work. Her third album 'Girl' saw the release of three singles, all of which feature here and all of which age far better than the earlier material. The vocals are better (but, notably, still not particularly good) and top ten single All I Wanna Do remains one of the best things she has ever done. But it wasn't until a couple of years later when the 'good' stuff really started to flow.

        With the release of Neon Nights, Minogue was asserting herself as the new Queen of the Dance Floor - and we loved it. The album spawned four top ten hits and saw Minogue at her peak, transcending different club styles with a new found skill and maturity. The collaboration with Riva saw her mastering the mainstream appeal of vocal trance. 'Put The Needle On It' sounds not unlike the funky, electro-house that Kylie mastered on X. 'I Begin to Wonder' continued in a similar vein, before the fourth single "Don't Wanna Lose this Feeling" took the singer into disco territory with a strong funky house number. It was the strength of this era that equipped Minogue with the credibility to move into 'real' club music.

        'Flower Power' started off life as a popular instrumental club tune. When Minogue was signed to All Around The World, the record company asked her to re-record the tune, this time with her own lyrics. So' You Won't Forget About Me' was born, resplendent with heavy drum beats and swirling synths. A similar process was followed for the next single, this time a collaboration with the Soul Seekerz called Perfection. This is almost certainly one of the album's highlights. The five new tunes follow in a similar vein to the recent commercial material; likeable enough, with a credible, mature sound that now sounds as though Minogue enjoys what she does. 'I Can't Sleep At Night', for example, is easily as good as anything that has seen Kylie in the top ten in recent years, but was sadly overlooked for her younger sister.

        As such, this makes The Hits and Beyond a patchy, inconsistent beast. I'd have been inclined to cull anything that came from the first two albums and concentrate on the newer stuff, even if that meant reducing the track listing slightly (20 songs is, arguably, too much for one disc anyway). The result is a listening experience that will have you reaching for the fast forward button somewhere around the middle, which is a huge shame, given only that it seems to discredit some of the far stronger material, within which the old dross is nestled.

        For fans and completists, this is an essential selection and, in all fairness, with at least twelve really good songs here, there's enough to recommend the album overall. There's promise of more to come this year, with a new collaboration with club megastars the Freemasons, so, if nothing else, the younger Minogue sister seems, finally, to be making the right decisions.

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          She's not Kylie, but she really might be the next best thing.

          Its hard to imagine Kylie Minogue without the grimacing Dannii just a bus ride behind her. Kylie hit the soaps, so then did Dannii. Kylie recorded a single, so then did Dannii. Kylie had a number one, so...wait a minute... In every way, they are similar, bearing the same smiles and nearly the same voices. Its often mused that there is no point to Dannii as she is just a poor emulation. However, somewhere in there, there has been enough good songs to allow her to maintain a moderately successful singles career, even if the albums have nearly always bombed.

          The Hits and Beyond doesn't actually cover Dannii's entire career. In fact, its a sort of half Greatest Hits, half unfinished studio album. Coming to the end of her record contract a few years back, the company didn't seem to know what to do with her. Most recent album Neon Nights seemed to ignite a previously unheard of interest in her, and allowed her to enjoy success that she had fought cannily for years to have.

          The album opens with the fantastic hypnotic dance of Put The Needle On It. A song that seemed to be about playing a record, with a video that further enhanced that notion, Dannii grooves her voice across a beefed up vocoder for the best song of her career. Needle was one of a few Top 10 hits for Dannii and certainly deserved its recognition.

          Follow up single I Begin To Wonder is her other finest moment, and appropriately her biggest selling single. This trance-lite track with its surly growling and addictive chorus took Dannii to number 2 in the charts a few years ago, and found her at number 1 on the club charts.

          So Under Pressure is a rather dull but enthusiastic attempt at house music. With a high pitched chorus and a rather irritatingly nasal verse, this seems to be where things really started to go wrong for Dannii. It was the lead single from this release, but really didn't do anything for her profile. If anything, it undid the good that previous recordings had done to ingratiate her with a mostly unreceptive audience.

          Putting your own words to other people's songs seems to be the done thing since Sophie Ellis Bextor did in 2000. Dannii sits comfortably with that form of song writing. You Wont Forget About Me is backdropped by Flower Power, a previous dance record to give her another moderate hit. The song itself isn't entirely original, but its enjoyable enough in its genre.

          Another fine moment for Dannii with her 1997 club hit All I Wanna Do. This track is the one occasion when Dannii was able to eclipse the success of her sister, when this entered the charts 16 places above Kylie. The songs boasts an exceptional vocal from her which shows her belting out a high range chorus over soaring beats.

          This Is It is an enjoyable cover of Melba Moore's early 80s hit. The video had a loved up Dannii cavorting on the beach with former husband Julian McMahon (of Nip/Tuck and Charmed fame). The song is a piece of melody heaven, with a sing-a-long chorus that certainly beats the somewhat bland original. This was a Top 10 hit for Dannii in the summer of 93.

          Dont Wanna Lose This Feelings is a disco classic in the making. Later paired up with Madonna's Into The Groove, this is Pop-Dannii at her best. A self-confident verse with a slightly lacklustre chorus doesn't make this disco track any less enjoyable. Although it was the least interesting of the Neon Night singles. It also gave Dannii a Top 10 hit.

          Funky 1992 single Baby Love sits well among Dannii's early material. At a time where she desperately wanted to emulate Kylie's success, but not her sound, this is so far removed from what people expected. Bringing to life a somewhat 70s production to Steve Hurley's funked up version of the track gave Dannii another of her early Top 10 hits.

          The trippy production of Everything I Wanted was a great follow up to All I Wanna Do. Dance versions by Trousers of Enthusiasm cemented Dannii's escalation from pop failure to club diva brilliantly. Whilst not as instantly likeable or hummable as the previous single, Everything was perfect for late 90's pop radio.

          My personal favourite of Dannii's singles was the trancey Disremembrance. A song about the contradictions of memory, it boasts an unusually soulful and engaging vocal from Dannii which is supported in the chorus by a myriad of backing singers. This song also had a fair amount of remixes for its release, but none as excellent as the single and album mixes. This was worthy of the number 1 slot, unfortunately it got nowhere near that.

          Stacey Latisaw's classic Jump To The Beat is infiltrated with a shocking rap by some rapper that totally kills the song stone dead. Dannii's bit is enjoyable, but what was she thinking with this rent-a-ranter drivel that makes no sense to a song that so completely tried to emulate the original song that it covers. Shameful cover.

          Debut single Love and Kisses comes in quite late in this album. Just as well, for it is awful. Dannii's soulless vocal mixed with another of those rent-a-rapper moments kill off any potential that some singing lessons might have saved. The lyrics are banal beyond belief, and its a wonder that management Terry Blamey ever allowed MCA to work with Dannii if this was how they progressed.

          Second single Success was moderately more adept. Dannii takes on rap duties herself this time, although quite why she was obsessed by the rappers of the time is anybody's guess. She does a decent job thought, and this song is funky enough to get you on the dancefloor. I cant imagine many dancefloors will remember it thought.

          Recent hit Perfection is exactly that. Boasting a stunning (if a little cheap looking) video films in Ibiza, the songs is perfect summer dance. It once again allows Dannii to put a lyric to an existing dance song, although this time around her voice is game for it.

          Riva also allowed Dannii to sing one of their songs with Who Do You Love Now. Of all the Dannii dance singles, this is the finest. Its pure club trance with a belter of a chorus and a surprisingly classic vocal from Dannii herself. Its hard to break a habit, she sings, and you wont be able to get it out of your mind.

          Its towards the end of the album that the 5 songs (along with Perfection, You Wont Forget About Me and So Under Pressure) recorded for the new studio album come to light. Its hard to see why Dannii didn't see this through. Love Fight is an interesting track although doesn't really go anywhere. The soulfully excellent I Cant Sleep At Night could have opened doors for Dannii, and the brilliant Gone is the best thing that she has never released, calling to mind Kylie's own Cant Get You Out Of My Head. It really is that good.

          On the downside, there are a few Dannii tracks that I actually like, that haven't made it here. Where is the rocky Get Into You or the soul pop of This Is The Way. Both were splendid singles that got overlooked simply because of the snobbery towards Dannii. They should have been included though, if just for completion sake.

          There really isn't any need for Dannii to release a greatest hits album, there has never been that much interest in her music or in her persona. To many, she still remains Kylie's bitter sister. Which is a shame really, because recent stint on X Factor has shown a different side to her. On the back of this collection, its a shame that she hasn't really been allowed to grow, as each era is potentially better than the last. And if we're brutally honest about it, she's certainly a better singer than Kylie. An admission it breaks my heart to make.

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Put The Needle On It
          2 I Begin To Wonder
          3 Who Do You Love Now
          4 You Won't Forget About Me
          5 Love And Kisses
          6 Success
          7 All I Wanna Do
          8 Jump To The Beat
          9 Perfection
          10 Baby Love
          11 This Is it
          12 Disrememberance
          13 Everything I Wanted
          14 Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling
          15 So Under Pressure
          16 I Can't Sleep At Night
          17 Love Fight
          18 Gone
          19 Good Times
          20 Sunrise

          Disc #2 Tracklisting
          1 Put The Needle On It
          2 I Begin To Wonder
          3 Who Do You Love Now
          4 You Won't Forget About Me
          5 Love And Kisses
          6 Success
          7 All I Wanna Do
          8 Jump To The Beat
          9 Perfection
          10 Baby Love
          11 This Is It
          12 Disrememberance
          13 Everything I Wanted
          14 Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling
          15 So Under Pressure
          16 I Can't Sleep At Night