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Body Language
Studio album by Kylie Minogue
Released November 20, 2003
Recorded 2003
Genre Electropop, dance-pop, synthpop, R&B
Length 47:51
Label Parlophone
Mushroom
Capitol
Producer Sunny Roads, Julian Gallagher, Richard Stannard, Johnny Douglas, Baby Ash, Karen Poole, Cathy Dennis, Chris Braide, Kurtis Mantronik, Rez, Electric J
Kylie Minogue chronology
Fever
(2001)
Body Language
(2003)
X
(2007)
Singles from Body Language
  1. "Slow"
    Released: November, 2003
  2. "Secret (Take You Home)"
    Released: January, 2004
  3. "Red Blooded Woman"
    Released: March, 2004
  4. "Chocolate"
    Released: June 28, 2004

Body Language is a 2003 album by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, her ninth studio album in total.

While Body Language failed to reach the chart and sales success of its predecessor, 2001's Fever, it still managed to chart in the top five in multiple countries. It has been certified 2x Platinum in Australia, selling around 140,000 copies, and has gone Platinum in the UK, selling over 378,000 copies. In addition, the album has also been certified Gold in Switzerland (20,000), Austria (10,000) and New Zealand (7,500) while 50,000 copies were sold in France, and 177,000 copies in the USA.

Contents

Release history

"Body Language" is Minogue’s 9th studio album, and her third for Parlophone Records. Its title is a reference to a line in the album's first single, "Slow". The album was recorded throughout the summer of 2003 in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain. It also saw Minogue working with previous collaborators Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Cathy Dennis, Johnny Douglas, and Karen Poole, as well as Emiliana Torrini and Mr. Dan, known collectively as Sunnyroads.

The album was supported by a spectacular one-off album launch show entitled "Money Can't Buy" on November 15, 2003 at the London Apollo Theatre. At the show Minogue performed seven new songs, alongside some of her older hits. In July 2004 the concert was released on DVD. The DVD included an unedited version of the concert as well as multi-angle screen visuals for the performances of "Slow" and "Chocolate", a behind-the-scenes documentary and the videos for each of the singles.

Australian and Japanese versions of the album included the bonus song "Slo(w) Motion". Japan also received a second bonus track, "You Make Me Feel". When released in 2004, the North American version of the album included an enhanced data track with the "Slow" music video and "Can't Get You Out of My Head (Live)" from the "Money Can't Buy" concert as well as two bonus tracks, "You Make Me Feel" and "Cruise Control (US version)". In the US, some versions of the album came packaged with six postcards. The album peaked at #42 in the United States and to date has sold 171,000 copies. [1]

Critical response

 Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club (mixed)[3]
Blender 2/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
New York (positive)[7]
NME (7/10)[8]
PopMatters (mixed)[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Stylus (B)[11]
Spin (positive)[12]
Yahoo! Music UK 5/10 stars[13]

Body Language received very favorable reviews from critics overall. Rolling Stone called the album "fantastic" and gave it a rating of three stars out of five, calling it some of her best work.[14] Chris True, in a review for Allmusic, called the album Minogue's "big step forward". The review echoed the Rolling Stone review and called it some of her best work and "a near perfect pop record". [15]

Other reviews were less flattering. In a review for PopMatters, Adrien Begrand, praised songs like "Slow" and "Sweet Music" but dismissed the rest as "forgettable" and nothing "more than mere filler". Begrand also called "Body Language" a "bit of a misstep" from her previous album Fever.[16] Sharon O'Connell, from Launch.com, gave the album a five out of ten calling it "an ill-judged move" due to its praise of 80s disco music and its references to 80s "cheese music" made by Duran Duran, Dead or Alive and one-hit wonders Nu Shooz. [17]

"Q" listed the Body Language as the 50th best album of 2003[1].

Singles

A scene from the music video for "Slow"
  • "Slow" was released in November 2003. It debuted at number one in both the British and Australian charts and has also gone to number one in Spain and Romania. It also went top 10 in a number of other countries including Canada, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Taiwan and Portugal in late 2003 and early 2004. In the U.S., it reached number one on the Billboard Magazine Club Chart, and reached the top 40 on the Radio Airplay Chart. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Dance Recording Catageory. The single has achieved platinum status in Australia.
  • "Secret (Take You Home)" was released as a promotional single only in Taiwan in early 2004. The live performance of the song from the Body Language Live DVD was used as a promotional video.
  • "Red Blooded Woman" was released in February 2004. It entered the Australian singles chart at number 4, and at number 5 in the UK. The song has also made the top in Spain, Ireland and Italy. In the U.S., it reached number one on the Billboard Magazine Dance Radio Airplay Chart, and was a modest radio airplay hit. It has achieved gold sales in New Zealand where it peaked at number 18.
  • "Chocolate" was released June 2004 (July 2004 in Australia). The song reached number 14 in Australia and number 6 in the UK,

Track listing

Track Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Slow"   Kylie Minogue, Dan Carey, Emilíana Torrini Dan Carey, Emiliana Torrini, Sunnyroads 3:15
2. "Still Standing"   Baby Ash Ash Thomas, Alexis Strum 3:40
3. "Secret (Take You Home)"   Curtis T. Bedeau, Gerard Charles, Hugh Clarke, Reza Safinia, Lisa Greene, Paul George, Brian P. George, Lucien J. George, Niomi McLean-Daley Rez 3:16
4. "Promises"   Kurtis el Khaleel, David Billing Kurtis Mantronik 3:17
5. "Sweet Music"   Minogue, Karen Poole, Ash Thomas Baby Ash 4:11
6. "Red Blooded Woman"   Johnny Douglas, Poole Johnny Douglas 4:21
7. "Chocolate"   Douglas, Poole Johnny Douglas 5:00
8. "Obsession"   Khaleel, Billing, M. Grey Kurtis Mantronik 3:31
9. "I Feel For You"   Liz Winstanley, J. Piccioni, S. Anselmetti Electric J 4:19
10. "Someday"   Minogue, Torrini, Thomas Baby Ash 4:18
11. "Loving Days"   Minogue, Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Dave Morgan Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher 4:26
12. "After Dark"   Cathy Dennis, Chris Braide Cathy Dennis, Chris Braide 4:10
Track Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
13. "Slo Motion" (Australian, Malaysian & Japanese Bonus track) Minogue, Andrew Frampton, Mark Stent, Wayne Wilkins   4:18
14. "Cruise Control" (North American Bonus track) Minogue, Douglas, Poole Johnny Douglas 4:55
15. "You Make Me Feel" (North America & Japan Bonus track) Minogue, Tommy D, Felix Howard, Marius de Vries   4:18
B-sides
  • "Soul on Fire" (Available on the "Slow" single) - 3:32
  • "Almost a Lover" (Available on the "Red Blooded Woman" single) - 3:40
  • "Cruise Control" (Rap Version) (Available on the "Red Blooded Woman" single) - 4:53
  • "City Games" (Available on the "Chocolate" single) - 3:42

Unreleased songs

  • "I'm Sorry"[18] and "Trippin' Me Up"[19] were not on the album's final cut, but leaked to the internet in June 2006. They were produced by Pascal Gabriel
  • "My Image Unlimited"[20] and "I'm Just Here for the Music"[21] also leaked. The producers for these tracks is unknown, but "I'm Just Here for the Music" was probably produced by Wayne Rodrigues and Danielle Brisebois, the song's writers. "I'm Just Here for the Music" has since been recorded by American pop singer Paula Abdul for release in 2009.
  • "On The Up"[22] written with Johnny Douglas and Karen Poole leaked online as a 1-minute clip in June 2006 and then fully in November 2006.
  • "Sunset River" was originally an unreleased 2003 instrumental demo which was re-recorded and renamed "B.P.M" when released as a B-side on the "I Believe In You" single in 2004.
  • "Boombox"[23] was recorded in 2003 and used a looped sample of the Prince classic "Controversy". After DJing at the 'Boombox' club in London in 2007, Kylie requested the 2003 demo of the same name be tracked down and remixed for club and in-house use. A variety of mixes then appeared online via file sharing sites and MySpace.
  • An early version of "Chocolate" included a rap by Ludacris, but wasn't used on the final mix. (A part of Ludacris vocals can be heard at the beginning of the released version over the intro). A 1-minute clip was leaked by late July 2006. Kylie didn't like the rap so it wasn't released.

Charts

Chart (2003/2004)[24] Peak
Position
Australian Albums Chart[24] 2
Austrian Albums Chart[24] 23
Belgian Flanders Albums Chart[24] 10
Belgian Wallonia Albums Chart[24] 33
Dutch Albums Chart[24] 19
Danish Albums Chart[24] 22
Finnish Albums Chart[24] 32
French Albums Chart[24] 31
German Albums Chart[25] 29
Irish Albums Chart[25] 19
New Zealand Albums Chart[24] 23
Norwegian Albums Chart[24] 21
Portuguese Albums Chart[24] 14
Polish Albums Chart[25] 49
Swedish Albums Chart[24] 20
Swiss Albums Chart[24] 8
UK Albums Chart[25] 6
U.S. Billboard 200[25] 42
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Sales and certifications

Country Provider(s) Certification Sales/Shipments
Australia ARIA 2x Platinum 140,000+
Austria[26] IFPI Gold 20,000+
France SNEP 50,000[27]
Switzerland IFPI Gold 20,000+
UK BPI Platinum 378,000+
US RIAA 177,000

Personnel

The following people contributed to Body Language:[28]

  • Kylie Minogue – lead vocals, backing vocals
  • Green Gartside – vocals on "Someday"
  • Alexis Strum, Karen Poole, Cathy Dennis, Miriam Grey, Andrea Remanada – backing vocals
  • Johnny Douglas – all instruments, backing vocals, mixing
  • Chris Braide – all instruments, backing vocals
  • Dave Clews – programming, keyboards, vocal engineering
  • Julian Gallagher – programming, keyboards
  • Alvin Sweeney – programming, mixing, recording
  • Richard "Biff" Gallagher – backing vocals, keyboards
  • Dave Morgan – keyboards, guitar
  • Simon Hale – string arrangements, conducting
  • London Session Orchestra – strings
  • Ash Thomas – extra "chorus pops", backing vocals, mixing
  • Lion – extra "chorus pops"
  • A. Guevara – MC
  • Danton Supple – engineering
  • Geoff Rice, David Treahearn – assistant engineering
  • Mr. Dan, Steve Fitzmaurice, The Auracle, Tony Maserati – mixing
  • Damon Iddins – mixing assistant
  • Niall Alcott – recording
  • Geoff "Peshy" Pesh – mastering
  • William Baker – visual direction, styling
  • Mert and Marcus – photography
  • Tony Hung – art direction

References

  1. ^ Up for DiscussionPost Comment (2009-09-14). "Kylie Minogue Plans First North American Tour". Billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/kylie-minogue-plans-first-north-american-1003969732.story. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ The A.V. Club Review
  4. ^ Blender Review
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly Review
  6. ^ The Guardian Review
  7. ^ New York Review
  8. ^ NME Review
  9. ^ PopMatters Review
  10. ^ Rolling Stone Review
  11. ^ Stylus Review
  12. ^ Spin Review
  13. ^ Yahoo! Music UK Review
  14. ^ Body Language 1. Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved January 3, 2006.
  15. ^ Body Language 2. Allmusic. Retrieved January 3, 2006.
  16. ^ Body Language 3. Pop Matters. Retrieved January 3, 2006.
  17. ^ Body Language 4. Launch.co.uk. Retrieved January 3, 2006.
  18. ^ 7 juni 2006. "Fan made video to "I'm Sorry" on YouTube". Youtube.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYLguDUjxc4. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  19. ^ 7 juni 2006. "Fan made video to "Trippin' Me Up" on YouTube". Youtube.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk3M_4uady0. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  20. ^ http://profile.imeem.com/Pg4T6b/music/qpR-Spbz/kylie_minogue_my_image_unlimited/
  21. ^ http://profile.imeem.com/Pg4T6b/music/2oo3LjXM/kylie_minogue_im_just_here_for_the_music/
  22. ^ 25 november 2006 (2006-11-25). "Fan made video to "On the Up" on YouTube". Youtube.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f6pk6yy5oE. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  23. ^ 4 februari 2008. "Fan made video to "Boombox" on YouTube". Youtube.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKTroLFZFtA. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Steffen Hung. "Kylie Minogue - Body Language". swisscharts.com. http://swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Kylie+Minogue&titel=Body+Language&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  25. ^ a b c d e "Kylie Minogue - Body Language - Music Charts". Acharts.us. 2003-02-02. http://acharts.us/album/13256. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  26. ^ "Austrian Certification (IFPI)". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. http://www.ifpi.at/. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  27. ^ http://fanofmusic.free.fr/ParcoursAlbum-K.php
  28. ^ Body Language (CD liner notes). Parlophone. November 2003.

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