Jingles all the way: Kylie Christmas
In Kylie Minogueâ€™s new album â€śKylie Christmas,â€ť old Christmas carols are modernized to fit her signature pop, synth-like style. These new melodies are pleasant and relaxing to hear, especially when you want to cheer up with some festive vibes. The warm atmosphere of the first song, â€śItâ€™s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,â€ť creates a sense of belonging and peace to introduce a holiday mood.
Although Minogue adds a new spin on old Christmas songs, there isnâ€™t much difference between her covers and the classics. For example, Minogueâ€™s cover of â€śWinter Wonderlandâ€ť sounds almost the same as the original, and it only has slight variations to make it more pop-like. However, her lively voice does make the tone seem loftier and dreamier than the original version.
One of the songs in the album is â€śOnly You,â€ť a duet featuring â€śInto the Woodsâ€ť actor James Corden. The songâ€™s lyrics tell a clichĂ©d love story — â€śAll I wanted was the love you gave, all I needed for another day.â€ť However, the interweaving voices of Minogue and Corden are captivating, and the beautiful harmonies created make up for the lack of imagination in the lyrics. In addition, the soft piano background adds to the soothing and gentle nature of the song.
â€śKylie Christmasâ€ť covers a wide variety of tones and moods, ranging from the festive pace of â€śChristmas Wrappingâ€ť to the jazzy style of â€śSanta Baby.â€ť Although Minogueâ€™s range in pitch is slightly limited throughout the album, she still adds a refreshing twist to her covers of old Christmas carols that makes each song sound different from its original counterpart. Overall, â€śKylie Christmasâ€ť is the perfect album to settle down with on a cold winter night surrounded by friends and family.
By Haixin Guo, Staff writer
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