When Kylie Minogue first appeared on the local music scene, she was the subject of much derision in Australia, including from yours truly. Here was yet another soap star (she was already famous for playing Charlene in Neighbours
) who thought she could sing, but was really just another puppet in the Stock/Aitken/Waterman production line.
It was also strange that she should be the one that was appearing in the music charts, when it was her sister Danielle who warbled, having been a part of the local entertainment show Young Talent Time
for some years. Kylie had no future - she was the 'singing budgie' - one critic even finished his less than stellar review of one of her records by suggesting 'maybe she should try acting'.
And now we can see that we were all wrong. Well, partly. How much better she's actually become as a musical performer is for the individual to decide, but there's no denying she's had way more success, and respect, than almost anyone in 1988 could have imagined, and her discography of albums started here.
Yes, it's an obvious SAW release ... such tracks as the incessant "I Should Be So Lucky", the less in-your-face "Got To Be Certain", "Turn It Into Love", and "Love At First Sight" bear all their trademarks of uptempo plastic beats, terrible lyrics and undeniably catchy tunes which refuse to let you go.
Such pop is listenable, and when gentler, slightly more sophisticated tracks like "Je ne sais pas pourquoi" and "Look My Way" are included, then the album isn't really such a bad debut. Oh, there's also "The Loco-Motion", the Little Eva cover which really started it all. It's a slightly different version from the single, but the changes are really moot. It's standard.
by Reviewer: The Doctor