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  • Summary: The Australian pop singer worked with Enrique Iglesias, Greg Kurstin, MNEK, Ariel Rechtshaid, Sia, and Pharrell Williams on her 12th studio release.
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Into the Blue
I drew the smile upon my face I paved the road that would one day leave me lonely No angels too good to fall from grace If she lets go of whatever... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Mar 17, 2014
    80
    Despite this one skippable moment ["Beautiful"], Kiss Me Once is a glittering, fun, and surprisingly powerful album that's classic Kylie through and through.
  2. Q Magazine
    Mar 14, 2014
    80
    The 11-song set is drizzled with plenty of that Minogue jus. [Apr 2014, p.117]
  3. Mar 20, 2014
    70
    There’s more than enough in this album to keep her in that position--so, come for the gay brostep, stay for the songcraft and character.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    Mar 18, 2014
    67
    Dodgy songs abound, but so does Kylie's plucky charm. [21 Mar 2014, p.62]
  5. Mar 17, 2014
    60
    It's contemporary enough for the 2014 marketplace, but classy enough to maintain the clout of an improbably evergreen pop diva.
  6. Mar 13, 2014
    60
    Full of sparkling hooks, the results do a good job of melding Minogue’s effervescent pop grooves with the dense, heavily treated vocals and deep sub bass of modern electro dance trends.... Subject matter and delivery are strained by coquettish pandering.
  7. Mar 13, 2014
    40
    The album starts strong with classic Kylie banger Into The Blue, but it suddenly succumbs to faddishness on nondescript disco tune Sexy Love and the weirdly dated dubstep track Sexercize.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Mar 19, 2014
    10
    Amazing, very pop, very capable of some good remixes, and very KYLIE. I couldn't ask for more, but only if the USA would notice her like theAmazing, very pop, very capable of some good remixes, and very KYLIE. I couldn't ask for more, but only if the USA would notice her like the rest if the world!! Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2018
    10
    Kiss Me Once marks a wonderful return for Kylie to the public eye. This album contains the essence of Kylie, a lot of pop and her tremendousKiss Me Once marks a wonderful return for Kylie to the public eye. This album contains the essence of Kylie, a lot of pop and her tremendous vocals! If you ever have the chance... you should buy it! Expand
  3. May 11, 2015
    9
    I really want to kiss Kylie for gave us this beautiful piece of art, I want to listen to it for the rest of my life, it's pure pop perfectionI really want to kiss Kylie for gave us this beautiful piece of art, I want to listen to it for the rest of my life, it's pure pop perfection and I don't know why this album underperformed even though 'Beautiful' is a trashy autotune track the rest is amazing, I wish 'Skirt' was included here instead of that mess but I'm happy with the result, it's a mix of sex, romance and fun like a melancholic party. Expand
  4. Apr 11, 2014
    7
    Certainly, it's not her best work. Australian pop princess, Kylie Minogue, continues to use various producers, which causes the album identityCertainly, it's not her best work. Australian pop princess, Kylie Minogue, continues to use various producers, which causes the album identity to be lost. Her previous album, "Aphrodite", is a masterpiece compared to "Kiss Me Once". And "Beautiful", her collaboration with Enrique Iglesias, might be the worst song of her entire career. One thing that is missed is her songwriting skills. There is only one track with her own lyrics, and we all know how well Kylie can write songs. The album is neither 100% pop nor 100% EDM, it's just an amount of productions. But, still, it is something good. The Kylie-touch that only she can give to her stuff makes everything match perfectly. Maybe, it this record belonged to any other artist, it wouldn't be good at all. But I think that her biggest mistake was not to include "Sparks", the B-Side for the lead single of the album, "Into the Blue", on the album's final cut. It's probably the best song of the "Kiss Me Once" era. Expand
  5. Mar 20, 2014
    7
    After listening to 'Into The Blue', I needed to purchase this album and I've never been a big fan of Kylie.
    Overall, a quite solid pop album,
    After listening to 'Into The Blue', I needed to purchase this album and I've never been a big fan of Kylie.
    Overall, a quite solid pop album, However, "Beautiful" (even though it's a decent ballad), stops the album from being a great dance-pop album it wants to be.
    Highlights: Into The Blue, Kiss Me Once, Fine.
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  6. Dec 7, 2016
    6
    It's a pleasure to hear her return to her pop roots. However, for all it's fun and likability, it's also a little messy. It feels like aIt's a pleasure to hear her return to her pop roots. However, for all it's fun and likability, it's also a little messy. It feels like a wasted opportunity. 'X' and 'Aphrodite' were progressive and consistent records, both demanded respect in the electronic field. Kiss Me Once would have been perfect opportunity to release her most powerful dance record to date, instead, we got a classic pop album. Yes it's good, yes it's well sang, yes it's well produced, yes it's packed with personality, but is it Kylie's best album? Sadly not. Expand
  7. Mar 27, 2014
    1
    I'm just gonna say this: This is one of the most rehash things I've ever heard in my life. Once again, Kylie and her comfortable popdanceI'm just gonna say this: This is one of the most rehash things I've ever heard in my life. Once again, Kylie and her comfortable popdance zone. It's very recycled, nothing classic, boring as hell and the same sounds on and on. I feel in a mix between 'Aphrodite' and 'Fever' (in a bad way). Expand

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