Single Review: Kylie Minogue “Slow”

Slow
Album: Body Language
Year: 2003 (UK)/2004 (US)

Dance music in the U.S. is usually reduced to catchphrases. It reeks of fabricated shake-yo’-ass beats with thumping basslines that neither shake nor thump.

Luckily, the Europeans have been picking up the slack. Kylie Minogue, regarded as the ‘Madonna of Europe’ has released another album, “Body Language” and single “Slow.” For American fans wanting another “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” it’s best to listen to younger sister Dannii’s “I Begin To Wonder” on her 2003 album Neon Nights.

‘Slow” is a methodical, 80s flavored dance song. In it, Kylie’s at the club and on the lookout for a guy she met there before. Their eyes meet, and “track in on this feeling/pull focus close up you and me/nobody’s leaving.” During the chorus as she sings, “slow down and dance with me/yeah, slow,” the music actually slows down. It’s an unusual move, considering the beat would speed up by this point. However, it creates a lot of sexual energy. The lyrics become erotic and sensual, without really saying anything vulgar.

While it lacks the commercial appeal of Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” it’s great that Kylie Minogue has finally earned some airplay on American radio.

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