Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Nov 30, 2012
    60
    Re-recording one's old songs in an older style isn't a revolutionary manoeuvre.... Kylie's addition to the tradition is also a fairly mixed bag.
  2. Nov 21, 2012
    60
    As a singer, Kylie still sounds about 15 and her voice sometimes struggles not to be engulfed by the swells of strings and legions of backing singers. Nevertheless, for the most part, this is quality stuff. [Dec 2012, p.101]
  3. 60
    In some cases, that sugary voice which works so well as a pop vehicle lacks the full-bodied character to carry a big ballad.
  4. Nov 12, 2012
    70
    Minogue's early material fares well, if only because any incarnations would be an improvement over the cheesy Stock, Aitken, and Waterman originals, but it's the songs that receive the most drastic revisions that elevate the album above a mere exercise or cash grab.
  5. Nov 7, 2012
    70
    She's always been willing to take risks, and despite the initial thought that her music may not stand up to the orchestral treatment, The Abbey Road Sessions is another victory in a career full of them.
  6. Nov 6, 2012
    70
    Gone are the club-friendly gloss and beats, replaced by live, mostly acoustic instrumentation (including orchestra) that creates a palpable sense of physical space. A few songs thrive in new settings.
  7. Nov 6, 2012
    75
    Such emotional resonance won't be news to any loyal Minogue fans, but anyone who has considered her merely a lightweight dance diva will be surprised by the depth on display throughout the record.
  8. Oct 31, 2012
    70
    More often than not, these reinventions are successful. They won't usurp the originals, but they're not really supposed to, and some shed new light on the well-known version.
  9. What's revealed is what's often been outshone by the originals: the sheer quality of the songwriting and vocals.
  10. 30
    Only the Bond-esque 'Confide In Me' is worthwhile in an otherwise sorry array of pop bangers left soggy on the barbecue.
  11. Oct 31, 2012
    80
    Locomotion didn't need to be turned into a girl-group pastiche, and Flower muscles in on Adele's brawny ballad territory. These aside, an imaginative addition to the Minogue catalogue.
  12. Oct 31, 2012
    60
    In stepping outside of her recent comfort zones Kylie sounds so relaxed and liberated that it's difficult to escape the sense of untapped potential.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Nov 7, 2012
    9
    "Though, after a while, the album does sound repetitive with its same orchestral style, it does present a trademark album to Kylie, showing that Kylie won't be hanging up her goldpants any time soon." Full Review »
  2. May 23, 2013
    3
    Sorry Kylie, but your voice just isn't interesting enough (or good enough) for this over the top orchestral treatment of bubble gum pop and dance songs. It's just a tad self-indulgent as well.

    ...still love the originals though.
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  3. Jan 27, 2013
    8
    The original songs out shined the lyrics, vocals and some of the most important aspects of the songs. Here she is stripped back and showing everyone what she meant. It's very good musically, but some may be concerned her vocals are too weak for this project. BUT the thing is, buying this... You should at least know what you in for. Soft vocals, beautiful songs. Full Review »