Kylie Minogue - Golden
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #683 / 735
User Score
Based on 139 ratings
2018 Ratings: #845
April 6, 2018 / Release Date
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BMG, Darenote Limited / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
musicOMH
Golden stands alongside her classic records; in a world of disposable music, Kylie’s return is welcome and shows how slick, smart pop music should be done.
70
Slant Magazine

If nothing else, Golden further bolsters Minogue's reputation for taking risks—and artfully sets the stage for her inevitable disco comeback.

70
AllMusic
Golden is an odd detour for Kylie, it's hard to imagine that the record will get much traction on the country side of the equation and there's a strong chance her less devoted fans might find the new sound a little too much. As an artistic statement, it's pretty darn bold and proves that she's still game for just about anything and able to make whatever she does sound exactly like Kylie.
60
God Is in the TV

When Kylie stops trying too hard to sound like Dolly Parton and just concentrates on making great pop songs, Golden is a damn fine album.

60
The Independent

When the country twang of its first 30 seconds gives way to a whoosh of dance-pop, the hybrid hoedown has begun.

60
Exclaim!
Props to Kylie for crafting an album anchored by cohesion of sound — there was a time not long ago when that kind of forethought was anathema to pop. But from one of the world's biggest stars, we expect more.
60
The Guardian

While aesthetic shifts have been crucial to her career, Golden feels like the first time the window dressing is a distraction from a flawed yet deeply admirable album.

60
The Telegraph
Apart from the smattering of country inflections, there are no great surprises in store.
60
NME
Listening is generally fun, but not particularly difficult: at its most contrived, this album almost sounds focus-grouped for the malls and airports of Trump’s America.
60
Spectrum Culture
Perhaps a shorter LP, with less gristle at the outer edges, would allow for the highlights to shine brighter, but the repetitive tracks drag down the whole experiment, detracting from what works by going to the well to diminishing returns.
60
FLOOD Magazine

This is a refreshingly honest pop record—and whether you’re a casual Kylie fan or a devoted one, it will undoubtedly make you feel much closer to her.

54
Pitchfork

The music on Golden sounds ill-fitting and even cheap at times, like a deathtrap ride that has been painted bright pink to distract the potential customer.

50
The Line of Best Fit

Ultimately, there is a place for this kind of music, but it feels horribly dated, like the parts you have to sit through at a gig before she plays the hits.

plowo
76
Kylie is one of the most underrated pop divas that exists, she has released incredible albuns and had visited a lot of styles from disco to r&b to house. Now she's risking on country areas, mixing dance-pop with country and the results are really nice, nothing new or original, but the songs are well-written, really catchy and have a really nice mood. Golden if I have to say sounds like if you're in a gay nightclub on the middle of the ranch and Kylie really knows how to make good pop ... read more
puzzlemoon
40
Uma cantora tão forte e de altíssima qualidade como a Kylie se rendendo a um álbum brega, com sonoridade datada e que 90% das músicas do álbum seguem a MESMA estrutura é algo que eu nunca esperava.
kidhead
40
another country pop albums from a dance pop star. thanks lady gaga!!
PMM
63
I don't have much to say about this album. I'm not saying it's not bad, because it's good, but there's something missing. It's very like... light? It doesn't have bangers, just regular songs. Nothing stands out. Another country pop album that doesn't offer too much. My fave: "Music's Too Sad Without You"
AndreiCDorneles
78
Best tracks: Dancing, Stop Me From Falling, Golden, Raining Glitter, Music’s Too Sad Without U, Every Little Part of Me, Rollin’.
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#23/Albumism

MISC LISTS

#11/Rolling Stone (Pop)

Track List

  1. Dancing
  2. Stop Me from Falling
  3. Golden
  4. A Lifetime to Repair
  5. Sincerely Yours
  6. One Last Kiss
  7. Live a Little
  8. Shelby '68
  9. Radio On
  10. Love
  11. Raining Glitter
  12. Music's Too Sad Without You
  13. Lost Without You
  14. Every Little Part of Me
  15. Rollin'
  16. Low Blow
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