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post Mar 27 2018, 02:25 PM
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TRIBUTE: Celebrating 15 Years of Dannii Minogue’s ‘Neon Nights’
March 17, 2018 | Quentin Harrison

Happy 15th Anniversary to Dannii Minogue’s fourth studio album Neon Nights, originally released March 17, 2003.

At the time of its release in 1997, Girl presented Australian vocalist Dannii Minogue in top form. An energizing mix of dance and pop, her third studio album was meant to reposition Minogue commercially and critically. Though its reviews were promising, its sales were tepid. Still, Girl gave the singer many opportunities, touring and otherwise.

One such opportunity presented itself to Minogue in 2001. Approached by the Dutch disc jockey duo Zki and Dobri, also known collectively as Riva, Minogue was invited to provide vocals for a hot and heavy dancefloor track they had put together. Minogue took the gentlemen up on their offer and “Who Do You Love Now?” followed shortly thereafter in that same year. Audiences in Europe and beyond, both mainstream and underground, went crazy for the track.

Minogue's partnership with Riva was, without a doubt, enduring proof of her credibility—and marketability—in dance music circles. Minogue could have stayed comfortably nestled in that environment, but she was ready for the next step. With an acute working knowledge of dance genre principles cultivated over three albums, Minogue sought to plot a record that could bring these components together—but with a pop perspective.

Not long after “Who Do You Love Now?,” brainstorming for Neon Nights, Minogue's fourth studio long player, had gone into high gear. On Girl, the force behind its power was personal, but ironically, Minogue had relinquished its content construction to her creative team. Neon Nights saw Minogue put her hands back into shaping the songs, which were daring, indulging a side of Minogue that had previously only peeked around the corner of certain selections in her canon for those paying attention.

Now, given an entire album to express itself, this area of Minogue's performance psyche embraced the totality of her ego and her sexuality. She would wield these two aspects of herself through the album's assembled material. The songwriting and production personnel—notables including Ian Masterson, Terry Ronald, Hannah Robinson, Savan Kotecha, Henrik Korpi, Matthias “Blackcell” Johansson, Karen Poole and Jean-Claude Ades—were pivotal in working with Minogue to draft canvases suitable for this persona to come to life.

Neon Nights is a retro-contemporaneous fantasia, showcasing Minogue's encyclopedic awareness of dance music devices to incredible effect. Euro-disco, in a juicy assortment of colors and flavors, displays itself on “I Begin to Wonder” and “Come and Get It,” the latter a sly hidden track within the album's closing piece, the lone cool down number, “It Won't Work Out.” Minogue's enduring fascination with American aestheticism, as politely harvested from electro-funk, R&B and hip-hop origins, are accounted for on “Put the Needle on It” and “Creep.”

And while there are plenty of original sonics to feast upon here, Minogue's love of previously established jams is not disguised on Neon Nights. From the mesmeric interpolations of funk/jazz maestro Tom Browne's “Thighs High (Grip Your Hips and Move)” (on “Mighty Fine”) and avant garde futurists Laidback's “White Horse” (on “Push”), Minogue's tastes are first-rate.

Minogue, ensconced within her record's glowing rhythms and grooves, enjoyed her club siren transformation. The set's verses, bridges and hooks are dressed to the nines on “For the Record” and “Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling,” affirming Minogue's ability to integrate the finer points of pop lyricism into discothèque oriented song structures. Collectively recalling the floor filling vibes of Ibiza, London and New York City—in either 1985 or 2002—Neon Nights was ready to take club culture to the general public like never before.

Racking up three hits—“Put the Needle on It,” “I Begin to Wonder,” “Don't Want to Lose This Feeling”—Neon Nights achieved gold certification in the United Kingdom. Sweetening her chart jackpot was the LP's critical consensus. Almost unanimously, the music press showed support in their assessment of Neon Nights as Minogue's breakout moment. Neon Nights was gorgeously reissued in 2007, packaged with a bountiful supply of B-sides, outtakes and remixes.

Fifteen years later, Neon Nights remains a distinct dance-pop marker, its influence apparent to the discerning ear. Nowhere else could one come in contact with such a glamorously assembled gaggle of influences that cross decades and sounds to unite the hedonism of the dance floor with the accessibility of pop radio.




01. Put the Needle On It
02. Creep
03. I Begin to Wonder
04. Hey! (So What)
05. For the Record
06. Mighty Fine
07. On the Loop
08. Push
09. Mystified
10. Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling
11. Vibe On
12. A Piece of Time
13. Who Do You Love Now?
14. It Won't Work Out
15. Come and Get It [Sebastian Krieg Remix]

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post Apr 1 2018, 10:34 AM
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I've not heard the album in its entirety yet, but the four singles all rank among her best. 'Who Do You Love Now?' and 'I Begin to Wonder' are two I remember as a kid so they have that extra nostalgic value. Must get round to listening to the album; that review really hypes it up.
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post Apr 1 2018, 01:12 PM
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One of the best albums EVER in history. wub.gif

15 years. ohmy.gif
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post Apr 1 2018, 08:35 PM
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I Begin To Wonder is an abomination.

Vibe On is the song about vibrators we all need in our lives, and Nervous is one of my fave Dannii songs.
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post Apr 2 2018, 02:06 PM
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Emphatically disagree with that assessment of 'I Begin To Wonder'!
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post Apr 2 2018, 07:16 PM
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I Begin to Wonder is my favourite. wub.gif Haven’t heard this album in years, but I remember enjoying it a lot in 2003! It’s the only Dannii album I’ve heard.

Neon Nights is getting a vinyl release soon btw! And a CD re-release.

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* Vinyl 2×12" Limited edition 180g pink and blue vinyl pressing Individually signed Dannii Minogue print for initial pre-orders (Estimated Shipping: 24.05.18)
* Deluxe CD package (33 tracks) Individually signed Dannii Minogue print for initial pre-orders (Estimated Shipping: 24.05.18)
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Not my favourite Dannii album but it’s certainly got some classic hits on it and stands out as being her most successful album commercially. The deluxe editions of all the albums are great and include some decent bonus tracks and remixes. Dannii has never been short of decent remixes of her songs, unlike Kylie particularly with the Parlophone era.

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QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Apr 2 2018, 08:16 PM) *
I Begin to Wonder is my favourite. wub.gif Haven’t heard this album in years, but I remember enjoying it a lot in 2003! It’s the only Dannii album I’ve heard.

Neon Nights is getting a vinyl release soon btw! And a CD re-release.


Where did you hear about the album reissues? There is nothing up on Amazon yet. There were 33 tracks on the deluxe reissue in 2007 so I’m guessing this will feature the same track list but possibly be remastered.
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Where did you hear about the album reissues? There is nothing up on Amazon yet. There were 33 tracks on the deluxe reissue in 2007 so I’m guessing this will feature the same track list but possibly be remastered.

Dannii announced it on Twitter:

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Get ready for the #NeonNights vinyl experience - pre-sale announced this week!!! #Danniiversary
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Will #NeonNights be re-released on cd for the #Danniiversary?

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Yes, CD, to download, stream, and on vinyl!
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