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  • Summary: Kylie returns after her battle with breast cancer with her latest album.
Score distribution:
  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: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Diego
    Feb 1, 2008
    10
    Amazing, reminds me Fever, true pop/dance music!
  2. SamW.
    Aug 13, 2008
    10
    Absolutely outstanding album. Every song is bursting with individuality! such a refreshing collection of tracks. furthermore, just what Absolutely outstanding album. Every song is bursting with individuality! such a refreshing collection of tracks. furthermore, just what expectations do people have of Kylie? She has excelled herself through and through with this record, as have her production team. Thumbs up! What a delight to listen to at any time of the day! Magnetic Electric should be released without a doubt! Expand
  3. Jul 3, 2019
    10
    In her tenth studio album, the Australian surprises her listeners with a cohesive album, strong+original sound, and her personality by doingIn her tenth studio album, the Australian surprises her listeners with a cohesive album, strong+original sound, and her personality by doing more pop precision in her career. Without a doubt, X is one of the albums that make up the trinity of his best albums. 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. Aug 21, 2021
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This album feels like it's trying a bit of everything, in a bad way. This is her first album since she was diagnosed with cancer, some people expect a personal/stripped down album, but it ended up being a dance-pop album, but also dubstep... and R&B... and glam rock. You see, these genres don't go really well together. But if she wanted to make an album to forget about those hard times and have fun, I would've put the demos on it, they are better than some of the tracks that made the cut and would've made X a fun pop record.
    Now this doesn't mean the record doesn't have some bangers, the strong points of this album are Like A Drug, In My Arms, Speakerphone (best song on the album), The One and Wow. After that, it's forgettable, 2 Hearts is her worst choice as a lead single in years, Nu-Di-Ty is a quirky tune that could be played at rave parties, Sensitized doesn't really stand out and it's quite forgettable.
    This could've perfectly been a perfect pop album if it included demos like Cherry Bomb, Sexual Gold, Magnetic Electric, In The Mood For Love, etc.
    Overall, a mess of an album, with a bunch of bangers and a bunch of filler.
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