Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic 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. A savvy, shiny, slyly sophisticated set of thoroughly modern dance floor exercises, it's the record we hoped Girls Aloud might make.
  3. Kylie's persona infuses the album, even if her vocals do not. As pop heatseekers go, X is a heartbeat away from perfection.
  4. Traditionally, Kylie Minogue has been at her best attempting pure pop, not chasing credibility, but X--her tenth studio album, and the first since 2003's "Body Language"--somehow pulls off the trick of being both
  5. It's not the production, as copiously sexy as it is, that makes this great: It's that Kylie has an ear for fantastic pop-rock tunes restyled for 2008, and she approaches them not as merely amusing sonic glitter, but as totally vital music.
  6. 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.
  7. 70
    More often than not, X's hooks, tunes and Minogue's bubblegum-perfect hum achieve candy-coated ecstasy. [Mar 2008, p.106]
  8. Minogue's tenth album arrives on the heels of her battle with breast cancer; thankfully, the experience hasn't made her music discernibly deeper.
  9. Even the filler feels like a well-deserved celebration, lit up in bright neon and glittering with tinsel.
  10. Likability has got Kylie Minogue this far, and it pulls her through again--even the weak tracks on X have a sparky enthusiasm that makes their magpie modernism sound less cynical.
  11. X isn’t the comeback album some may have been hoping for, but it is a welcome return for Minogue.
  12. It’s not [her] strongest performance so far, and that comes basically down to song choice and production.
  13. X is business as usual for a Kylie Minogue album: a handful of great tracks surrounded by stuff that's so obviously filler you could inject it into cavity walls and save up to 33% on your energy bills.
  14. 60
    In short, a glittering sign reading "business as usual"--even if it’s not a return to adventurous Kylie gold.
  15. Though X doesn’t raise Ms. Minogue’s own high standards, it does sometimes meet them.
  16. Her 11th album is full of potential hits (and not too many boring mid-tempo plodders). Unfortunately, there's nothing quite as catchy here as 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head,' although a few tracks come close.
  17. Q Magazine
    60
    If Kylie's musical ambitions extend further than play-safe good times of X, she's keeping them, like everything else, to herself. [Dec 2007, p.108]
  18. Immediately following 'Heart Beat Rock,' we are treated to a long stream of high-class filler.
  19. One of the most contemporary (and least pleasant) aspects of X is its scattershot production, which gives it the focus-grouped attention deficit disorder more typical of a Gwen Stefani record than one of Minogue's laser-honed disco-princess home runs.
  20. X is merely a slightly above average collection of tracks.
  21. Mojo
    40
    Sampling Serge Gainsbourg's quivering strings for 'Sensitized,' however, only serves to highlight the album's lack of truly knee-wobbling moments. [Dec 2007, p.98]
  22. Blender
    40
    The search for the perfect stand-alone song leaves a ragbag of unrelated ideas. [May 2008, p.77]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 129 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 129
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »