Kylie Minogue has appeared on duets with various artists in the past—Pet Shop Boys, Jason Donovan, Robbie Williams, Nick Cave, etc. And while the latter pairing may have raised eyebrows back in 1995, both Minogue and Cave were still established artists at that point. And so comes “Devotion,” a wrenching, epic ballad that finds America’s Got Talent performer Kylie singing alongside relatively new UK duo Hurts—an act who’s debut album isn’t even available yet. Hear the results below.[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/09-Devotion.mp3" text="Hurts & Kylie Minogue - Devotion" dl="0"]
Last month Hurts vocalist Theo Hutchcraft spoke to NME about “Devotion,” and explained how the pair wrangled in the pub-loving pop queen. “Since we have enjoyed an illicit life-long love affair with Kylie Minogue, we mustered up every ounce of courage we had and asked her if she would like to sing the song with us. She said yes,” said Hutchcraft. “The delicate yet powerful way she expresses the fragility of female emotion has added a magical missing ingredient to an album about love, loss and happiness. If you don’t ask, you don’t get… I guess.”
And, boy, are we glad they asked. “Devotion” is broody, for sure. But the track (surely a future single?) is also embedded with a hook that works its way under your skin and has you longing for rainy days and the type of heartache that only a song like this could tap into.
Kylie here is as Dusty Springfield was to long-reigning British synth pop duo Pet Shop Boys; the perfect muse for a longing composition. Consider this Hurts’ “What Have I Done To Deserve This?”
The two musicians further expressed their appreciation for Kylie earlier this week by covering her 1994 hit “Confide In Me” for The Sun.
Hurts’ debut LP Happiness will be out in the UK on September 6th.