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 'Fever' is good enough to be dangerous!
by Billy Tweedie

For anyone who has ever said that Kylie Minogue was not a credible pop-star, 
here's a chance to have a change of heart. Fever has got to be one of the 
most consistent pop recordings of the year, if not one of the best. Lead by the 
incredibly infectious first single, "Can't Get You Out Of My Head", this is a 
true collection of dance-pop gems which rarely fall short of being great tunes. 
With clear influences from the likes of Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, and Modjo, 
just to name a few, the album can be easily hailed as a tribute to electro-pop and
disco. This is also the album Kylie wanted to make and should have made
when she created "Light Years". "Fever" is a much better record than Madonna's 
"Music" because it displays confidence, consistency and a completely finished 
piece of work and Madonna's "Music" sounds like a bunch of half completed demos......
a horrid record. "Can't Get You Out Of My Head", "Fever", "Fragile", 
"Your Love" and the Mark Pichotti produced "Give It To Me" are the album's 
stand-out tracks but the rest sure as hell doesn't disappoint. If you're a fan of
Kylie or pure pop music, you can't go wrong with this record. 

It's exciting Kylie chose not to wait another year or so before unleashing this 
monster album onto us, because it came almost a year later than her excellent 
"Light Years". "Fever" follows in the vein of "Light Years," but this time, the 
flow of song is more important than just a collection of stellar material. 
The best thing the album has going for it is its pace from the very
start, with the insane beats and driving rhythm. 

 "Fever" offers up a record that keeps on giving and a much better offering 
than her Stock Aitken Waterman records. Though it is more daring than 
"Light Years", it still doesn't have the songcraft of "Light Years", not even
"Impossible Princess" but hey, those things don't matter when you're on
the dancefloor or making out with your mate. 

What an extraordinarily good record this is. It seems Kylie took the name of 
her genre literally and aimed to make our heads explode. Pop! Truly, Kylie's 
"Fever" is good enough to be dangerous. 

"Fever" is precisely the kind of record Madonna would make if she didn't enjoy 
torturing her fans so much. Kylie has jettisoned any faux R&B or gloppy ballads -- 
let alone any woe-is-me soul searching -- in favor of 12 tracks of pure spun 
sugar, seven or so of which a lesser pop act would kill to have as a lead single. 
Each one is ferociously catchy, and not a one has anything more on its mind than
making you happy. It may be a guilty pleasure, but aren't those the best kind? 
I don't believe I've ever heard a pop album with the courage to go deliriously 
uptempo all the way, let alone a record with the hooks to pull it off. 

How the hell did she get seven perfect pop songs on one record? Most people 
can barely manage one. (Mind you, the other five fit right in, unlike most drecky 
pop filler tracks.) If there were any question that God likes Kylie Minogue, this 
disc would wipe it away. Perhaps He'll continue to take favor on Her and find 
this disc a home here in the States, where we're starving for glossy pop of this 
caliber. Here's hoping. In the meantime, praise God. And praise Kylie! 


Nobody would believe that she could come back 
with a sure fire album to compete with 
"Light Years" but  by god she has done it.