Kiss Me Once is the 12th studio album from author, fashion designer, talent show judge, actress and pop legend Kylie Minogue. When released in March of this year, it appeared to be a career stalling move with a bad choice of super producers, mixed reviews and moderate sales world wide. However live, the phenomenon called Kylie still remains a hot ticket and the 12th of November saw the triumphant return of the “showgirl” to the SSE Hydro Glasgow on her world tour.
As usual with a Kylie concert, the stage is elaborate and the costumes designed by Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier and Julien Macdonald are eye catching to say the least. The musical director is long time collaborator Steve Anderson and along with William Baker back on board as creative director. However these are just the ribbons and bows around the gift. Kylie could take the stage with a single light bulb and have the audience eating out of her hand. She is gifted with the ability to make every single person in a big arena feel part of the show with her warmth and enthusiasm touching everybody, from the people at the front to the very back of arena.
The setlist of the concert was a celebration of 25 years plus of glorious pop. “Spinning Around”, “In Your Arms”, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” and simply breath taking version of “Slow” were met with delight from an ecstatic Hydro crowd. Another hugely entertaining part of the concert was a highly camp medley of her early PWL hits which included Kylie singing “I Should Be So Lucky” in a bath full of bubbles.
What really surprised me the most was how well some of the material from the “Kiss Me Once” album came across live. An example of this was the song “Beautiful” which on the album was a lumpy auto-tuned ballad, but shimmered and shined live with Kylie’s vocal giving it a whole new emotional depth. Other songs from the new album faired equally well. Opener “Les Sex”, Kiss Me Once” and the encore “Into The Blue” all pulsated live gaining an enthusiastic response from the Glasgow crowd. However my one minor grumble was the inclusion of “Sexercize” which was a mess on record and not even the kiss of life from Kylie live could save this dogs dinner of a song.