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liamk97
post Nov 30 2017, 08:54 PM
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It's 10 years since the release of X, Kylie's 10th studio album. Originally titled Magnetic Electric, the title was changed as fans were referring to it as 'Album X' during the production period, in reference to the album being Kylie's 10th, and seemed like an appropriate, celebratory title to mark Kylie's return to music. It's also been noted that the album shares the same title as INXS' 1990 album, which features the song 'Suicide Blonde' (written about Kylie), and was released 10 years to the week since Michael Hutchence's death.

During her recovery from cancer treatment, Kylie started the initial writing process by jotting down lyrics, influenced by both doubts and aspirations for the future. The project was paused for the resumption of the newly titled Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour but truly went underway once the tour was completed. Demand to work with Kylie was high, particularly after Parlophone's A&R sent out briefs to various artists, writers and producers of various notability. The music produced was largely electro pop, but influences of rock, R&B and disco can be heard too. It was a sound that was generally praised by critics and most agreed it was a triumphant return to the pop scene, with the commercial success supporting this.

Today, X remains one of the most loved Kylie albums by fans, with even the songs that didn't make the final cut considered among her best. As X reaches its 10th anniversary, let's celebrate this mighty album, bursting with innovative, energetic music that carries the same passionate, refreshed spirit Kylie injected into making it.



Tracking List
01. 2 Hearts
02. Like a Drug
03. In My Arms
04. Speakerphone
05. Sensitized
06. Heart Beat Rock
07. The One
08. No More Rain
09. All I See
10. Stars
11. Wow
12. Nu-Di-Ty
13. Cosmic
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post Dec 1 2017, 06:41 AM
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I have a mixed feeling about the album. The first half of the album is amazing but the second half sounds like b-side fillers except WOW and Stars.

Some other tracks should've been included, like Lose Control and Magnetic Electric.

It's still mind-boggling why Nu-di-ty and Cosmic were included, they sound like unfinished demos.

The megamix released prior to the album release sounds amazing.


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post Dec 3 2017, 02:04 PM
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This album, even in its final form, ranks as one of my favourites from Kylie. You can tell she was buzzing with ideas after not being in the studio for so long and created some fresh and sophisticated pop music alongside the happy, playful songs. There is a little bit of filler but even then I enjoy them - the problem lies more with the standard of the songs that were left off the album. Songs like 'Wow' B-sides, 'I Don't Know What It Is' and 'Magnetic Electric' are fantastic and it's such a shame they didn't make it to the final tracking list. Parlophone should have released an X: 10th Anniversary edition and added a disc of bonus content!
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post Dec 3 2017, 08:57 PM
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I still remember buying the Deluxe edition of it on release day, 10 years seems mental.

I look back on the era fondly, the album has some gems but I really think had the likes of Rippin' Up The Disco, Fall For You, Magnetic Electric, Do It Again etc. been included on the tracklist over deadwood like Heart Beat Rock, All I See, Cosmic etc. it'd have been a more perfect, cohesive collection. Still a fab album though, just wish more thought would have been given to the tracklist.
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post Dec 5 2017, 06:41 AM
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I have to say the much of artwork from X era is pretty awful.

My track list:
01. 2 Hearts
02. Like a Drug
03. In My Arms
04. Speakerphone
05. Sensitized
06. Lose Control
07. The One
08. No More Rain
09. Fall For You
10. Stars
11. Wow
12. Rippin' Up the Disco
13. King or Queen


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post Dec 5 2017, 06:53 AM
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I agree about the artwork. I know it sounds superficial but I canít think of x without thinking how much I hate the cover and her looks in the videos.

Iím in the camp that doesnít like two hearts either so this also set a bum note from the outset. But I agree many of the other tracks are sublime. I will never understand why the one failed to fire. It was a turning point as from then on it seemed kylie was no longe guaranteed hits, no matter how good the material.
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post Dec 5 2017, 04:09 PM
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Here is the list of all songs from the X Sessions (to my knowledge at least). I've not included earlier demos, neither for those that actually made the final tracking list or for those that remained off the album (there were two versions of 'Fall For You', for instance).

Album Songs
2 Hearts
All I See
Cosmic
Heart Beat Rock
In My Arms
Like a Drug
No More Rain
Nu Di Ty
Sensitized
Speakerphone
Stars
The One
Wow

Bonus Tracks / B-sides
Carried Away
Cherry Bomb
Do It Again
I Don't Know What It Is
King or Queen
Love is the Drug (Roxy Cover)
Magnetic Electric
Rippin' Up the Disco
White Diamond

Unreleased / Demos (sung by Kylie)
Acid Min
Boombox
Classical Transit
Come Down
Down Down
Everything I Know
Extraordinary Day
Fall For You
Guess
I Am Ready
I Can't Help That
I'm in the Mood for Love
Like Love (Hold On)
Lose Control
My Love is Real
Ooh
Osmondosis
Right Here, Right Now (Thing Called Love)
Ruffle My Feathers (Everlasting Love)
Sexual Gold
Simple Boy
So Safe (Love Attack)
Something 2 Believe In
Spell of Desire
What's It Gonna Take
When the Song Comes On
You're Hot

Demos (sung by other artists)
Can't Get Enough
Excuse My French
Give Up To Love
Never Be Lonely
One to One
To the 9's
When the Cat's Away
You Make Me Feel

Other
Boys Boys Boys (Cathy Dennis, Mark Ronson)
Deepest Blue (Karen Poole, Greg Kurstin)
Flower - live version, later recorded for The Abbey Road Sessions
Hush Hush (Steven Anderson) - this could be 'Sexual Gold'
Singing in My Sleep (Scissor Sisters)
Tell It Like It Is (Richard Stannard, Stuart Crichton)
That's Why They Write Love Songs - live version
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post Dec 5 2017, 10:55 PM
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QUOTE(HerbieHollywood @ Dec 5 2017, 06:53 AM) *
I will never understand why the one failed to fire. It was a turning point as from then on it seemed kylie was no longe guaranteed hits, no matter how good the material.


Because they cancelled the physical single at the last minute, and in 2008 as a 4th single from the album she pretty much solely relied on those.
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post Dec 6 2017, 01:18 AM
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QUOTE(Tawdry Hepburn @ Dec 6 2017, 06:55 AM) *
Because they cancelled the physical single at the last minute, and in 2008 as a 4th single from the album she pretty much solely relied on those.


Sounds like the dumbest move I've ever heard...
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Yep, such a shame about the cancelled physical release. Probably wouldn't have given it that much longevity, not without promo at least, but physicals could easily have boosted the song into the Top 20 for a week. For a song that is so fondly regarded by fans, a Top 20 peak would have been much more reflective of that. There doesn't seem to be any particular reason given as to why the physical was cancelled.
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