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When Kylie started out she couldn't really sing. And she didn't need to sing. She was already famous in Britain and Australia, she was cute and young. She fitted perfectly into the Stock Aiken and Waterman formula of virtually identical pop tunes cheerfully intoned to identical bouncy beats. (At the time, there were rumours circulating that these hit songs were really written by the primitive 1980s computers, not by the songwriting teams credited.)
Kylie Version 1.0 was squeaky clean, with the emphasis being on squeaking rather than singing, unfortunately.
She murdered "The Locomotion", let's face it. If you've ever heard the original by Grand Funk Railroad, you'll concur. But there was always something lovely about her, and she sure survived that awful 80s scene so much better than her compatriots and co-stars: Rick Astley? Jason Donovan? Tiffany? Anyone care to comment?
By the time Kylie went the more disco and dance routes, you could hear that she'd grown up and actually learned to sing. And that more or less takes care of Disc One of The Ultimate Kylie .
Disc Two is a really pleasant change. The increased subtlety of her vocals is matched by a more mature production. The increased respect she'd won earned her collaborations with the highly respected Nick Cave on what the murder duet "Where the wild roses grow", and with Robbie Williams on the snappy "Kids". Next, she made a poppy trance of one seduction song after another.
Ultimate Kylie tells the story, omitting the padding that made her albums iffy purchases. And she sure moved with the times.
But what is so cool about Kylie is that she moved with the times without allowing any one fad to completely overwhelm her. Though each new album had reviewers claiming "she's grown up!", she never seemed to, or she grew up again and again, never getting old and tired.
There's some essential "Kylie" factor in every song. It's something girlish, bouncy and oddly wholesome.
- Jean Barker
Releasing best of albums is nothing new to Kylie Minogue but Ultimate lives up to its billing...- Colette Bridge for BBC Nottingham
Kylie will be the ideal stocking filler for guys and gals alike this Christmas, to accompany the underwear or calendars that are sure to be near the top of plenty of shopping lists as well.- Jack Foley for IndieLondon
This album is the work of producers trying to make a load of cash yet do not want to do much in improving the music quality in general.- a visitor to Amazon.com
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