Kylie Minogue Gets The Gaze Right On Kim Carnes' 'Bette Davis Eyes'
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Not that there wasn't any doubt, but somehow learning that Kylie Minogue covering Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes" just didn't scream off the page at me. Yet, to dive into it, it was hard for me not to get lost in the crystal blue persuasion that is Minogue, as she rearranges the 1981 hit and casts a bewitching fizzy pop spell over it. Though Minogue's coos never reach towards Carnes' haunting rasp, she does her Minogue-y thang, and ends up dragging you onto the neon-lit dancefloor anyway, and well, I like it --- a lot. Also Idolator is right, as this re-imagining does feel like it could have snuggled up close to "On A Night Like This" via Light Years.
Now don't get excited all you Kiss Me Once loathers, as this isn't Minogue attempting to right its wrong (and really Kiss Me Once is not that bad...), but rather Minogue recorded this special cover for BBC's Radio 2, Sounds Of The '80s series, and it's a refix to gaze longingly into, losing all track of time. Yes, she will tease you...