Kylie Minogue - The One
It’s tough luck for Kylie that she will probably never do anything as amazing as ‘Can’t Get You Outa My Head’ (both song and video are among my all-time favourites). Her newer material is obviously disappointing by comparison (I did like ‘2 Hearts’ a lot, just not *that* much) and I pretty much wrote her off after the dishwater-dull ‘In My Arms’. I didn’t think ‘The One’ was much cop either at first.
Then I forced myself to watch the video and OH MY GOD I’m so sorry Kylie, I still love you and always will. The vid is totally the gayest thing ever of course, like ‘Vogue’ with a generous side-helping of poppers or something - fine by me. Kylie’s voice and clothes are from the PAST but the bleepy synths and the spiky graphics are from the FUTURE and it’s just mesmerizing and before you know it you’re humming love me love me love me love me under your breath.
To transform this otherwise weak bibble-techno track into a great pop song Kylie needed to plant some personality into it - an area she has been criticised for in the past - and I think she’s really upped her game here. One of the best things about this video is that Kylie seems to have finally accepted that she is a middle-aged woman, and by golly she is a gorgeous one (e.g. when she’s wearing that jacket at 2.44 I do a little swoon). She’s not just a gay icon demanding our love, she is a still-glamorous film star who is too old for the leading role now, desperate to cling on to A-list status but accepting that she’s going to have to give up at some point so she might as well age gracefully (NB Madge PLEASE pay attention to this). Let’s hope life after 40 treats Kylie well.