When 101% of your fanbase consists of gay men, going country is going to be divisive. Hilary Duff tried it a few years ago and got dragged, (though we all admit it was a classic smash nowadays), Gaga tried it last year by pretending she was her dead republican gay-hating aunt Joanne, and Miley tried with her hand at twang with her career ruining album “Younger Now.”
The issue with Gaga and Miley’s takes on country was that it was actual country. Miley’s album in particular channeled the genre too faithfully. When your fans are gays, you need to give them what they want. Gays are not faithful (check Grindr for examples), so they will drop you like a hot potato in a second if you switch up your sound or some hotter, more glamorous diva shows up on the scene with hair more platinum than yours.
After the poorly received “Kiss Me Once” and the failure of her engagement with that younger guy who was clearly trouble but was so attractive we all ignored the signs, it seemed fitting she would try something new musically. Her music and life were not working. I will admit, when she started recording in Nashville I was not pleased. I was promised a disco trop-house lead single produced by super-hot at the moment British EDM DJ Sigala. But we got “Golden,” a country-inspired pop album that is actually pretty darn good once you get past the shock of having to listen to country, (and by country, I mostly mean aesthetically).
Literally not one person on this planet wanted a Dolly Parton inspired song about dying from Kylie Minogue, which is exactly what the lead single from the album is. “Dancing,” while sung in a Dolly-esque style of sing-talking, is not too far off from old school Kylie. It’s shimmering and catchy and has a fun electro beat. Sure, it’s not the Sigala song I was promised, but I really did genuinely enjoy it.
Elsewhere on the album there is a pure pop masterpiece “Sincerely Yours.” A song that recalls Kylie’s Stock Aitken Waterman era in the 80s with its earnestness. “Raining Glitter” recalls the material she was releasing during her “Light Years” era, and the deluxe bonus tracks are all standouts, “Every Little Part of Me” in particular.
I was worried about how the album would do commercially but it’s been smashing the charts and is almost halfway to a gold certification after only 6 days. Perhaps the genre shift inspired mothers to go out and buy the album? Or people who voted for Brexit? I know the gays aren’t buying it. Gays don’t buy music anymore. They just complain and send inappropriate photos to people who did not ask for them. Who knew there was a market in the UK for music from the Republican National Convention. Melania Minogue is the new leader of the #Gays4Trump movement, and we should all fall in line.