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Kylie: Revisited #1: 'Kylie'

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What do you mean you haven't heard about Kylie: Revisited? Well, to whet our appetites for the new Minogue opus – due July 5 – we're going to be taking a nostalgic look back at each of her ten studio albums, one a week for the next ten weeks. Here at DS we're fans of the whole chronological order thing, so let's kick off with The Singing Budgie's 1988 debut.

Release date: July 4, 1988

Songwriting/production cast: Stock, Aitken and Waterman

Chart performance: Where to start? Kylie peaked at No.1 in the UK and eventually went seven times platinum after spawning four top three singles: 'I Should Be So Lucky', 'Got To Be Certain', 'The Loco-Motion' and 'Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi'. It also charted just outside the top 50 stateside after 'The Loco-Motion' became a US top three smash.

The sound: See "songwriting/production cast".

Standout track: An obvious choice, but anyone who denies 'I Should Be So Lucky' classic status has clearly let their tune detection muscles turn to flab.

Hidden gem: The wistful-yet-optimistic 'Turn It Into Love' is actually a pretty touching unrequited love song - and it was a No.1 smash in Japan to boot.

Lyrical nugget: This excerpt from 'Love At First Sight' - no, not that 'Love At First Sight', but an earlier tune with the same title - pretty much epitomises Kylie's lyrical style: "He smiled at me, asked me to dance / He told me he'd seen me before / I could not resist his advances / I know I should see him some more".

Fascinating fact: 'Turn It Into Love' was covered by Same Difference for their 2008 debut, Pop.

Our verdict: The bog-standard S.A.W. production renders Kylie as dated as that haircut on the album cover, and it's as loaded with variety as a loaf of bread, but the little Aussie pop rocket is already showing signs of personality and the record's quintessentially '80s charm ultimately wins through.

Star rating: An affectionate .

Next week: It's got 'Hand On Your Heart', it's got 'Never Too Late', it's got 'Tears On My Pillow'... it's 1989's Enjoy Yourself!

Selections and commentary by Robert Copsey, Nick Levine and Mayer Nissim

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