Kylie Minogue’s ‘X’ Turns Five In The US: Stan & Deliver

Apr 1st, 2013 // 4 Comments
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Stan & Deliver gives fans an opportunity to shake, cry and sing the praises of the albums they love from their faves.

Four years after her foray into coquettish, R&B-infused electronica on 2003′s Body Language, Queen Kylie Minogue returned in late 2007 with her tenth studio album – the aptly titled X. (The LP’s US release date was April 1, 2008.)

But to truly appreciate the essence of X is to know Minogue beyond the recording studio: Aside from being an edgy glitter drop of shimmering electro-pop gems and space-age ballads (which it most certainly is), X symbolized something much more powerful than its thumping contents: The disco diva’s triumphant return, following her fight with breast cancer during the prior two years.

As the turbulent timing of the album’s recording might already suggest, X is a scattered, unpredictable set, weaving wildly between synthesized disco euphoria (“In My Arms,” “The One”), forward-thinking electro-pop (“Speakerphone,” “Like A Drug”) girly flirtations (“Sensitized”), cheeky Swede-pop weirdness (“Nu-Di-Ty”) and rare glimmers of introspection untapped since the day’s of her adventurous 1997 release, Impossible Princess (“No More Rain,” “Cosmic”).

X wasn’t just a return to her usual territories, either: Beginning with “All I See” (a complete misfire, admittedly), X was Minogue’s next round of ammunition in her ceaseless battle to penetrate the American pop consciousness. And while her real reintroduction to the American mainstream since 2001′s Fever wouldn’t really come again until Aphrodite‘s string of Billboard Club #1′s a decade later, X was the artistic statement that proved Queen Kylie Minogue was, is, and forever will be a global icon — and a survivor.

But while it’s nice to have us wax poetic about a game-changing musical effort, it’s even nicer to hear from the fans (#LOVERS) themselves — which is why we turned this one over to you. To celebrate the five-year anniversary of the US release of X, we’re going track-by-track with some of Kylie’s most devoted fans.

How do you describe a feeling? Well, drop your socks and grab your mini boombox, ’cause we’re about to find out.

  1. It’s interesting to look back and see that this album came out early in 2008 and dint make much of a splash in the US. But in the later part of 2008, Lady Gaga’s electro-sound did take off. Was it the age difference? Are there political forces behind the scenes in the music industry dictating trends? I’m sure we can come up with a dozen theories.

  2. sonia

    Me gusta tu crítica por que aún siendo admirador de Kylie no dudas en criticar aquello que a tu manera de ver no te gusta y siempre dejas que cada cual saque sus conclusiones.

  3. marklu7

    thanks for this great article.
    X was good. There was a few good songs all of them was rare. I really think that “In my arms” is smashing.
    for me X=IMA

  4. Edi Cheung

    When X first came out, I along with other Kylie fans were really excited and also anxious since it was her first album since cancer recovery; new songs from the goddess are always a blessing, but I wondered how she would compete in the pop game after her absence and illness.

    Several demos leaked a while before and I thought they were hit and miss. I’m probably in the minority when it comes to this, but I never liked “In My Arms”, right from the leaked demo. So I was a bit more anxious about X…

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention first single “2 Hearts”, but I guess that says a lot about the song. I have grown to LOVE it, but it’s definitely not what people expect, and possibly want, from Kylie. Brave move for her though, and it IS an awesomely written and produced song.

    I remember a site streaming X before it was released…and I played that album nonstop, picking my early favourites.

    After the initial rush, I was kinda disappointed by the inconsistency of X; to me, it felt like her and her label trying to cover all the bases at once, from dance to pop to singer-songwriter to ballad genres. It didn’t seem like there was a clear vision for the album, and they were hedging their bets with her comeback, trying to appeal to as many demographics as possible (though launching the album with the risky “2 Hearts” probably shot that plan in the foot).

    X also had a boatload of b-sides and demos that were better than some album tracks. The infamous 49 demos lol…

    At the same time, I can’t deny that now, taken separately, most of the tracks on there deserve a spot in the Kylie canon. “Speakerphone” is the single that should have been, and I actually like “All I See” but the Mims tack-on and cheap unofficial video killed its reception, I think.

    Finally, “The One” is my absolute favourite Kylie song EVER. So even though I wouldn’t rank it as my fave front-to-back K album (IP, BL, and Aphro prolly), I am SO glad “The One” is on there!

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