Audio Vision: Kylie Gives Some Fine (Classical) Feelings
Friday, January 27, 2012
The idea of a Pop dame like Kylie Minogue going all string n' bow Classical might get some red flags flipping up, but one listen to her re-imaging of her 1991 hit, "Finer Feelings" in a orchestral guise, might change a couple of minds, and shut a couple of flaps. Though it may be far-fetched to believe, but Ms. Minogue has been in the music biz for 25 years, and she's celebrating that fact by releasing surprises and "gifts" for her long supportive fans throughout the year she's dubbing, K25. The first crop of surprises are performances of her at the legendary Abbey Road studios covering some of her biggest hits in Classical/Standard re-fashion, re-fashions that are slated for a special album to appear later this year.
'It's no secret' that Kylie isn't an Mariah or a Whitney---but hell, they don't even sound like themselves currently, so Brownie points go to Kylie for her attempting to step out of her comfort zone to put a new spin on vintage favorites. And you know what? She doesn't sound half bad, as it's a real return to the classic symphonic she wove into her 1994 self-titled album---which was by far my favorite album of hers and doubled as proof that Kylie was more than just a soap-star turned singer, that she could fit her sweet coo into rich material. Frothing up the magic of her hit from '91's severely underrated Let's Get To It (which was one of the first inks to Kylie dabbling in R&B), Kylie keeps things quite 'klassy' indeed with a 24-piece orchestra in tow. Can't wait to hear the other re-fashions! Peep the performance after the cut, and as an added bonus, the original clip of "Finer Feelings" is for your viewing pleasure as well.