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Kylie Minogue


Eleventh studio album from Australian-born and now UK resident pop singer-songwriter and actress

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  1. 9.0 |   BBC

    Aphrodite is pure Kylie magic. Everything that made you fall in love with her all over again before is present and correct here. Not liking this would be like not being keen on breathing. All hail!
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Delivering groovy, recession-free summer - vintage '80s and '90s disco. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    This is a mainstream pop blast, with great intros (the almost New Order bass drive of Cupid Boy), tingly keyboard hooklines, catchy choruses and pumping codas
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Splash on your Kylie fragrance, get your heels on and get ready to spin around the dancefloor all summer long
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The current single, All the Lovers, is a dreamy moment with a chorus that ranks among her best in a 23-year career
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  6. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    In the context of Minogue's discography, her 11th album marks an infinitesimally tiny dip. In the greater pop scheme of things, Kylie's Aphrodite is mighty
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  7. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    While markets plummet and currencies devalue themselves for fun, the Minogue stock remains high. Buy, buy, buy
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  8. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    In spite of the one or two filler tracks that creep in around the middle, Aphrodite is still a straight-up great album
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  9. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    If Minogue was looking to do something better than her last album, she’s done it, and with all the aplomb of a Goddess
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  10. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The whole album is a warm breeze of uplifting pop
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  11. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Sometimes dance pop with this much gloss and unabashed glee is relegated to the realms of guilty pleasure, but Aphrodite is that rare representation of perfect production that is just pleasure, pure and simple
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  12. 7.0 |   Clash

    Current single ‘All The Lovers’ encapsulates the pure essence of Kylie: sexed-up vocals, delicate instrumentation and, ofcourse, that climactic, breathtaking chorus
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  13. 7.0 |   music OMH

    With five singles sitting and waiting, Aphrodite is the record she needed. Just be prepared to hit 'skip'
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  14. 7.0 |   The Fly

    The wheel hasn’t been reinvented, but when it’s disco-pop this good, you can put down the protractor
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  15. 7.0 |   NME

    Her most unified work in ages. Print edition only

  16. 7.0 |   Sydney Morning Herald

    This is easily the best pop album Kylie's made in a decade
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  17. 6.5 |   Prefix

    Aphrodite is everything you expect it to be: inspiring, motivating and celebratory
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  18. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    It doesn't help that many of these are fun, but not fabulous, songs, templates for brilliant club remixes rather than great things in their own right. Tiny elements shine out instead
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  19. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Because her voice is limited to squeaks, exhalations and woe-begone sighs, it's hard to stay interested unless you happen to be on a dancefloor at 4am
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  20. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Aphrodite is a little flimsy next to Gaga. Best then to leave Kylie on her little silvery cloud of dry ice, hovering winningly for a few tunes, then floating away
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  21. 6.0 |   Eye Weekly

    Steer past the Stuart Price–shepherded glittery dance-pop here, fine as some of it may be ... and behold the lubricated swank of Better Than Today
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  22. 4.0 |   Q

    Aphrodite isn't good enough. Since Minogue surely can't keep making the same album indefinitely, a musical rethink is required. Print edition only

  23. 4.0 |   Uncut

    Dismayingly anonymous pop-trance. Print edition only

  24. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Too often here, romancing and dancing are blandly promulgated, each striding disco stomp professing Kylie's all-consuming faith in one or the other
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