When I was a lad, our little music-swapping gang regarded our contemporary Kylie as a joke - and she hasn't done much to change my mind.
Only the gay dance community and Madonna-style reinventions and concert spectacles kept her afloat until the brilliant simplicity of Can't Get You Out Of My Head gave her a second wind (though the credit has to go largely to the writers and producers).
It would be rude to condemn Aphrodite for being yet more Minogue dance-lite froth, but producer Stuart Price (who worked on Madge's Confessions on a Dance Floor, her second belated attempt to cash in on the techno boom) apparently left his best ideas at home.
There are few memorable rhythms or beats, and Minogue's withdrawn, breathier vocals don't fill the gap (though Too Much has some interesting sounds).
Numbers like Illusion, Better Than Today and the title track simply lack the oomph that would have made them complete, while Get Outta My Way and Looking For An Angel are the kind of thing younger acts are splashing all over The Edge, and making a much better fist of.
Other songs jump on the "let's dig out the '80s synth sounds'' bandwagon. Well, those were her glory days, after all.
Best tracks: Closer, Too Much
- Reviewed by Nick Ward. CDs for review supplied by Everyman, Nelson.
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