|Kylie Minogue - Fever|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Tuesday, 26 February 2002|
Man, do I feel old. At 28, it seems like just yesterday that Kylie Minogue was covering the Little Eva oldie "Locomotion" on every pop radio station in America. That was 1987. Minogue is now 33 and, on the advice of the Pet Shop Boys, she has switched to a new record label in an attempt to change career direction. Kylie was pretty much of a one-hit wonder in the U.S., yet she has sustained success in Europe as a vocalist as well as a sex symbol.
Upon receiving Fever, I must admit, I had preconceived notions of teased hair and bubble gum pop. I was way off. Fever is a very well-crafted pop record with a heavy Euro-dance vibe. The overall sound of the record has lots of life and energy, while the songs are sexy, not designed to change the world with the lyrics.
"Love At First Sight" has a phased-out Daft Punk sound to it that brings the song in and out of focus in a creative way. The funky guitar chops build a solid base for this very danceable track. The lead track on Fever, "More More More," is quite the jam. While it makes me feel like I could be shopping for an all-too-chic future modern Nehru jacket at Emporio Armani, it has structure so strong you could confuse the track with a tightly produced Madonna track. The melody flows wonderfully and the dance groove is absolutely addictive. I know my expectations were low for the record, but I must admit that Kylie is a far better singer today than I remember from back in the day. She can belt it out in ways Janet Jackson forgot on her last record.
Fever’s title track is a more deliberate groove, which is timed well in the overall cadence of the album, considering that the first three tracks are upbeat dance tracks. The most compelling part of "Fever" is definitely the layered vocals in the chorus. The best track on Fever is the radio single "Can’t Get You Out of My Head." It is a more sassy track that is based around a bouncy synth bassline and a "na – na – na" vocal line. The hook is viciously sharp, with kick-ass production melding the best of modern electronic production with a well-crafted tune and sultry vocals.
The first few tracks set a pretty high standard for Fever. The album doesn’t keep pace from a songwriting standpoint but that doesn’t really matter. We aren’t comparing Fever with Dark Side Of The Moon here. Fever is good summertime fun from an old musical friend who has really put her act together. If you like newer Madonna, Janet Jackson, Daft Punk, William Orbit, Sneaker Pimps or Garbage, you will find Kylie Minogue’s Fever to be a summer jam perfectly designed for your top-down cruising sessions.