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  • Summary: Kylie returns after her battle with breast cancer with her latest album.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. I can count three sure hits on this club-crossover coup if radio plays it right.
  2. Kylie's persona infuses the album, even if her vocals do not. As pop heatseekers go, X is a heartbeat away from perfection.
  3. The majority of X is exactly what it's meant to be: a collection of songs by a pop artist who is aware of her past achievements and doubly aware of her need to stay relevant in the face of unwanted diversion.
  4. It’s not [her] strongest performance so far, and that comes basically down to song choice and production.
  5. Though X doesn’t raise Ms. Minogue’s own high standards, it does sometimes meet them.
  6. Immediately following 'Heart Beat Rock,' we are treated to a long stream of high-class filler.
  7. Blender
    40
    The search for the perfect stand-alone song leaves a ragbag of unrelated ideas. [May 2008, p.77]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. JBaby
    Jan 29, 2008
    10
    Kylie is back and better than ever.
  2. AnjaM
    May 10, 2008
    10
    The album is a definite comeback. Most of the songs have single potential and Kylie proved once again that she can produce real pop music!
  3. Apr 28, 2018
    10
    X sure does deserve an X (10) because this album is so unique and nothing like Kylie has ever done before. She incorporates jazz with technoX sure does deserve an X (10) because this album is so unique and nothing like Kylie has ever done before. She incorporates jazz with techno pop and it just works. However I still think Like a Drug should have been a single instead of In My Arms. Expand
  4. AjayD
    Aug 24, 2008
    9
    This Album is Far better then most crap pop artists put out these days. All the Tracks here are well produced and classy! Kylie does not This Album is Far better then most crap pop artists put out these days. All the Tracks here are well produced and classy! Kylie does not disappointed her long time fans at all, The Streak continues! Expand
  5. Apr 8, 2018
    8
    This album was underrated by the pompous music press for the most part. It's a cool and quirky records and I'm still playing a bunch of theseThis album was underrated by the pompous music press for the most part. It's a cool and quirky records and I'm still playing a bunch of these tracks, most particularly Like A Drug which IMO is one of her best ever tracks. Is it perfect? No. Is it quality pop? Absolutely. The fact that it is all over the map musically is why it works so well. No-one wants a pop record where every track has been over produced to sound like one heavily crafted vibe. Chaos in pop is a good thing. I wish more reviewers would stop pandering to their readership and dispense with the cliche soundbites. Kylie's released a pretty out there set of songs with a cool vibe for people who don't need to check in with their friends before offering an opinion about whether they feel like spending time to get to know a new record as we used to in the days of vinyl. Expand
  6. JamesK
    Nov 27, 2007
    8
    I may be a bit biased since I've been a fan of Kylie for most of her career, but I don't know what all of these critics are talking I may be a bit biased since I've been a fan of Kylie for most of her career, but I don't know what all of these critics are talking about. Maybe many of them expected some great cancer battle revelation or a some kind of dance pop-cum-deep confession album, but since when was dance pop not supposed to be fun or deeply confessional? Yeah, this record is at times overproduced (Nu-di-ty) and maybe not innovative (Stars), but take many of these songs alone and you've got a fine collection of pop gems: 2 Hearts may not have been the best choice for a first single, but alone it's a fine record; Like a Drug is electro heaven, All I See is perhaps, one of the finest Kylie R&B moments ever, and The One is dance pop perfection! Love her or hate her, Kylie has got charisma and natural charm that few pop stars out there possess. Her natural ability to attract audiences young and old, in spite of lack of great vocal ability and sometimes annoying and nasal cooing, are what still makes her one of the best pop stars ever!!! Expand
  7. JohnB.
    Apr 4, 2008
    5
    It's an average pop album. I expected something much better from Kylie. There are several amazing tracks (2 Hearts, Like a Drug, In My It's an average pop album. I expected something much better from Kylie. There are several amazing tracks (2 Hearts, Like a Drug, In My Arms, Speakerphone, Wow), but most other tracks are not so good. Expand

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