Boredom at the disco pop buffet.
Minogue once again confuses hard work with art. I first came across Kylie at the end of the 80s, when the Australian daily soap “Neighbours” was running in Germany, in which she played the role of the suburban teenager “Charlene”. I watched the series daily and speculated that she must be very small because her teeth seemed so huge. So, teeth: normal size, Kylie’s body around it: tiny. A short time later she was signed by the British producer trio Stock, Aitken, Waterman and the rest is history. Unfortunately, contrary to what I thought, their music became more and more irrelevant over the years.
TENSION is now being released, the 55-year-old’s 16th work. To put it briefly: We are dealing with retro dance disco pop of the duller variety. The eleven tracks can be easily listened to at a kitchen party with the “neighbour”. They don’t bother you, but nothing sticks. The lyrics are about desire, dancing and sex, the “magic” is meant to be permanently “controlled”. There’s nothing to be said against that, but it’s a shame that the music here only calls out the early 2000s instead of celebrating the future and daring.