Artist: Kylie Minogue
Track: 2 Hearts
First she survived cancer, now she’s dumped her cheating boyfriend. It seems that the diminutive Miss Minogue has survived everything this world can throw at her and is destined to ascend the heights of chart success on the strength of public good-will alone. But a catchy song would definitely help. ‘2 Hearts’ is the first single from X, Minogue’s forthcoming album, her first in four years, and the initial listen comes as something of a surprise. Handclaps? Piano? What happened to the pop princess famous for her up-tempo, synth-heavy hits like ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’? ‘2 Hearts’ has a more organic feel, centred around a mid-tempo piano and a real rhythm section. But, as with much of today’s crop of pop, it all feels a little contrived. “I’m in love”, Minogue repeats, but, unfortunately, as her latest crop of interviews reveal, it’s not true. “Is this forever?” Nope. It’s just another vapid pop song.