Kylie Minogue | UIC Pavilion | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Wed., Oct. 7, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $75
Kylie Minogue’s 2001 album Fever topped charts all over the globe and spawned several club classics, but since then her path has been far from smooth. Sales of her 2003 follow-up, Body Language, were relatively tepid, and in 2005 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to cut short a tour to fight it. But on her tenth and latest album, 2007’s X (Parlophone), Minogue shows no signs of being worse for wear. In interviews she’s unpacked the meanings of some of its songs, explaining how they reflect on her struggle, but if you only listen to the music you’d never be able to tell—it’s pure disco candy, as glossy, glitzy, and featherweight as anything she’s done. The album was nominated for a Grammy, but she has yet to conquer the U.S. market. Perhaps it’s her weird blend of perkiness and seductiveness that isn’t clicking, or perhaps America’s pop machinery doesn’t know what to make of a woman who’s basically the anti-Madonna—mortal, vulnerable, earnestly coquettish, modeling for H&M instead of Louis Vuitton, her trademark look gold hot pants instead of couture fetishwear. Minogue may be downmarket sassy, but she’s no less a star. —Jessica Hopper

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