Steady as she goes, the good ship Kylie

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Kylie Minogue – X

Though a queen of the frothiest pop, Kylie’s 10th studio album shows there’s something of the Teflon don about her. She’s endured some troubled times since her last album in ’03 – long-term relationship ended, cancer beaten – but you wouldn’t necessarily know it from what’s here.

Not for Kylie the heart-on-sleeve approach. Sleeves, she doesn’t do. X instead showcases customary [b]Madonna[/b]-esque workouts and northern European disco pop: [b]Scissor Sisters[/b]-like single “2 Hearts” and Gainsbourg-sampling “Sensitized” a cut above the rest. In short, a glittering sign reading “business as usual” – even if it’s not a return to adventurous Kylie gold.

JOHN ROBINSON