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  • Summary: The pop singer reworked some of her biggest hits with an orchestra at London's Abbey Road Studios.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. What's revealed is what's often been outshone by the originals: the sheer quality of the songwriting and vocals.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. 30
    Only the Bond-esque 'Confide In Me' is worthwhile in an otherwise sorry array of pop bangers left soggy on the barbecue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Nov 16, 2012
    10
    An outstanding project which sheds light on something that hasn't been dominant in Kylie's music before: deeper emotions. The most surprisingAn outstanding project which sheds light on something that hasn't been dominant in Kylie's music before: deeper emotions. The most surprising takes are on the early singles: the sadness and seriousness of the songs were often drowned by the sugary pop-cover of PWL production, but on 'The Abbey Road Sessions', they are able to shine in all their glory.
    Notable: 'Better The Devil You Know', 'Hand On Your Heart', 'Confide In Me', 'Slow', 'Locomotion', 'Never Too Late'.
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  2. 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"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." Expand
  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 showingThe 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. Expand
  4. 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 andSorry 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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