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Dannii Minogue
NEON NIGHTS
(Ultra)
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Dannii Minogue, who is Kylieís younger sister, has a stronger, richer voice than Kylieís, a voice that rarely disappoints and sometimes enriches the convention-bound pop occasions of this CD. Best of her 15 songs are its two techno-Eurodisco pieces, the cute "I Begin To Wonder" and the radiant "Who Do You Love Now," which was a huge club hit last year, with Danniiís full-bodied soprano warming up an all too often icy-cool genre. Almost as lovable is "Creep," in which she fits a husky whisper to the musicís sleazy ooze.

Less sublime are Danniiís too numerous visits to the softened new-jill and semi-hip-hop genres that Madonna and Janet Jackson invented and that Britney Spears and Cristina Aguilera now interpret best. From the Janet-like bop of "Put the Needle on It," "Push," "Donít Want To Lose This Feeling," and "On the Loop" to "Hey (So What)," "Mighty Fine," the Madonna-styled "Mystified," and "A Piece of Time" (with its echoes of Mary J. Bligeís "No More Drama"), she seems willing to lose herself in imitating other singersí vocal styles. Not that her "self" (whoever that may be) is the priority of an album in which a twentysomething single impersonates ó generically ó an MTV kid on the edge of 17.

BY MICHAEL FREEDBERG


Issue Date: January 23 - 29, 2004
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