Kylie’s Gone all Glitter, Banjos and Cowboy Boots
The pop star that’s had three rip-roaring decades of disco dancing has traded it all in for double-denim, and more than just a dash of country. After the booming sound of a horse’s neigh resonated through the venue, Kylie, descended the curved staircase and was met by an excited crowd, a live band wearing red neckerchiefs – and a payload of glitter discharged from a cannon.
And the Glitter Didn’t Stop There
Distinctly folksy complete with rhinestones and cowboy boots, Kylie’s latest instalment to the world of pop includes several surprisingly cheesy performances. In a single called ‘Dancing’, Kylie does line-dancing with death (outfits here range from country gear bedecked with rhinestones, a sequinned dress, and a scanty nightdress that screams ‘rodeo princess in repose’). Big Luke, a bearded man with a banjo features in her song ‘A Lifetime to Repair’. Keeping with the country vibe, Kylie also pays a somewhat bizarre homage to Dolly Parton by performing Dolly’s 1983 hit ‘Islands in the Stream’ as a duet with Big Luke and his banjo. As somebody with a usually deft hand at selecting duet partners that have included Robbie Williams and Nick Cave, this was a highly surprising selection. Another surprise was the tune ‘Raining Glitter’, the only typically disco/pop song, albeit being slightly countrified with a little country guitar thrown in for fun.
Cars, Radios, Mortality and KissesWhether Kylie is singing about cars or kisses, and performing pseudo-pop or faux country, she continues to draw the audience in as a thoroughly relatable diva. And despite cancer, chemo and all the other curveballs life has thrown her way, the nearly 50-year old does it all with grace. Kylie vows in her final performance of the night, “When I go out, I wanna go out dancing.”