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Liam.k.
post May 7 2020, 12:29 PM
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A thread to discuss everything about 2003's Body Language.

1. Slow
2. Still Standing
3. Secret (Take You Home)
4. Promises
5. Sweet Music
6. Red Blooded Woman
7. Chocolate
8. Obsession
9. I Feel For You
10. Someday
11. Loving Days
12. After Dark
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post May 7 2020, 03:48 PM
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Worst Kylie album, love slow though, the other 2 singles are ok I suppose but loving days should have been a single
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post May 7 2020, 04:06 PM
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It falls very short among Kylie's albums, but offers some highlights.
Sweet Music I have as of late started to appreciate alongside the singles.
Slow is the highlight from the entire era.
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post May 7 2020, 04:10 PM
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I loved the visuals but hated the vocals on the whole album
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post May 7 2020, 04:29 PM
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I remember when I bought the Slow single and Sweet Music was on it, I thought this album must be great, but those two songs remain my favorites from it.

I still wonder why there was only one song written by Cathy Dennis on it. I like After Dark, but it's good it wasn't a single, because it's weaker than CGYOOMH and CIMW.


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post May 7 2020, 04:36 PM
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After the monster success Cathy Dennis brought to the Fever era they may have felt compelled to include at least one piece of her work on the follow up.
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post May 9 2020, 06:14 PM
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Skip a beat & move with my Body Language review =


Slow
Getting off to an almighty great start with this electro dance number, with some really cool synth sounds and some wonderful deep vocals by Kylie. The song is infectious with its repetitive lyrics and hypnotic rhythm and is definitely very different from any lead single from Kylie so far. Its a shame that the album didn't follow this sophisticated synth sound more, then this could have been another 'Fever' styled success on our hands. But as this stands this has to be one of Kylie's most adventurous offerings of her career.

Still Standing
The new feel of the album continues with some funky guitars and a superb synth beat, with some confident vocals by Kylie, which makes this a definite standout on here, a very well crafted pop song.

Secret (Take You Home)
Another strong sophisticated track with an awesome beat, thanks to the brilliant sample of "I Wonder If I Take You Home" by Lisa, Lisa and the Cult Jam, which works really well with the track, along with Kylie singing in that lower sexy voice it sounds so fantastic. The lyrics are cool too. Simple, but fun, and of course you gotta love Kylie rapping which is always cute and just swell. This should have been the 2nd or 3rd single from this album, a definite potential smash hit.

Promises
A somewhat slight change of pace now with another great slice of polished pop dance. Her vocals are a little too soft, but the electro beat and synth backing track really shine throughout, which makes for yet another very decent feel good track.

Sweet Music
This just oozes style and class, with a fun groove and funky beat, all of which makes for yet another strong standout moment on here.

Red Blooded Woman
The second single from this album, and not something I fully connected with at the time (felt a tad too Americanized), but alas this has grown on me through time and is a really strong single choice with Kylie's sexy vocals layered throughout the track, especially on the fantastic chorus and of course that fantastic music video, which adds more coolness to the track.

Chocolate
This was where the album began to lose me, with the third single which features the most breathiest vocals by Kylie so far, maybe a bit too soft and whispery for my liking. The instrumentation is really very well done, and there are even some samples in the back. Not something I go back to on a regular basis, but I do commend her on trying something totally different.

Obsession
Picking the pace up now with this okay track that's a little cliched, but not bad by any means, somewhat fillerish in my opinion.

I Feel For You
A bit too out there for my liking, this just goes way off the rails and not in a good way, the distorted backing vocals are very off putting, but the bassline is quite good, however the song just doesn't do it for me.

Someday
Another album filler moment, with its darker and underlying tone with some very dreamy vocals which doesn't add much flare to this. Quite bland and probably the most forgettable moment on this album in general.

Loving Days
The funky groove remains, although this time with the backing of a full string orchestra, and Kylie's tender vocals just sweep across the melody and rises continuously till the spine-tingling middle eight when both strings and voice are unleashed. After a couple of not-so great tracks, this is a welcome treat with its epic sounding nature and definitely stands as one of the strongest offerings from this collection.

After Dark
A sultry number to end things now, with some nice seductive vocals and some pretty solid production, and while I wouldn't call this one of the better offerings, its still an okay track and would probably rank somewhere in the middle.



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post May 9 2020, 07:12 PM
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You were far to generous on this album than I would have been, other than Slow, Loving Days and maybe Red Blooded Woman, this album is a total skip for me.
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post May 9 2020, 08:15 PM
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Itís not a terrible album itís just a terrible follow up to such an iconic era.
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post May 9 2020, 09:15 PM
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No I genuinely think itís a terrible album 😂 other than Slow I donít listen to any of it
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post May 9 2020, 09:26 PM
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I was surprised at just how bad it was when I listened to the album tracks for the rate in the 00s thread. I liked all of the styling when it was released but the songs really are forgettable and lacking in strong melodies.
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post May 10 2020, 12:14 AM
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QUOTE(Dannyboy @ May 9 2020, 10:15 PM) *
No I genuinely think itís a terrible album 😂 other than Slow I donít listen to any of it


laugh.gif I havenít listened to it for years. I also hated ĎSlowí when it was released and was shocked it got to #1 kink.gif I love it now though.
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post May 10 2020, 10:28 AM
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It's a very plod along albums that doesn't change much from.staer to finish
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post May 10 2020, 03:03 PM
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It fails to offer standout tracks when listening in its entirety.
Slow has a unique quality when reviewing Kylie's singles but Body Language needed tracks that "popped" and made you feel you wanted to rush out on the dancefloor and it fails to achieve it.
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I really appreciate what she tried to do with this - mature, sensual pop with seductive production.. but it just isn't totally pulled off the way its intended and one part of that is that it feels quite disingenuous. Like Kylie trying to be something she is not. I get and fully embrace artists evolving (all my favourite artists do it), but they have to maintain a sense of themselves while doing it and this doesn't in my opinion.

The album is a decent listen and there are some strong moments throughout, but I am not in a major rush to return to it all too often!
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post May 10 2020, 04:01 PM
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Body Language does have the sound of Kylie trying to hard.
The album needed more pop electro songs to make it more appealing.
The change in direction was to radical after working so hard to win fans back with Light Years and Fever.
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post May 14 2020, 08:08 AM
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QUOTE(dandy* @ May 9 2020, 10:26 PM) *
I was surprised at just how bad it was when I listened to the album tracks for the rate in the 00s thread. I liked all of the styling when it was released but the songs really are forgettable and lacking in strong melodies.


QUOTE(Hauspital* @ May 10 2020, 04:56 PM) *
I really appreciate what she tried to do with this - mature, sensual pop with seductive production.. but it just isn't totally pulled off the way its intended and one part of that is that it feels quite disingenuous. Like Kylie trying to be something she is not. I get and fully embrace artists evolving (all my favourite artists do it), but they have to maintain a sense of themselves while doing it and this doesn't in my opinion.

The album is a decent listen and there are some strong moments throughout, but I am not in a major rush to return to it all too often!

Aw I was hoping you guys might like it. It's certainly a marked departure from the previous two albums and lacks in 'danceable' material, but there's interesting productions and grooves that continue to grow with repeated listens. It took me a long time to fully appreciate this record but, now that it's clicked, I like it for offering something different and taking an understated, slow-burning approach.

It was probably too big a leap to go from Fever to Body Language, not that Kylie should have just created a Fever 2.0, but she should have released something more instant and dancefloor friendly. The lack of connection with this record isn't helped by fans feeling it was aimed at perusing American audiences and Kylie had 'abandoned' them. If true, it doesn't make sense because the Fever sound is what compelled the US to Kylie...
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post May 14 2020, 11:56 AM
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Ya the album was too much of a change, she needed something else before an album like body language to ease into that sound. Giving you up sound would have done that.
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I'm surprised people don't like this album. It's my favourite of Kylie's. Tracks, B-Sides, videos, performances, visuals, it was all great!
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It has its moment although few but down as the bottom end for me.the launch concert on ITV was great though.
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