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|Studio album by Kylie Minogue
||November 20, 2003
||Electropop, dance-pop, synthpop, R&B
||Sunny Roads, Julian Gallagher, Richard Stannard, Johnny Douglas, Baby Ash, Karen Poole, Cathy Dennis, Chris Braide, Kurtis Mantronik, Rez, Electric J
|Kylie Minogue chronology
|Singles from Body Language
Released: November, 2003
- "Secret (Take You Home)"
Released: January, 2004
- "Red Blooded Woman"
Released: March, 2004
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.
"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. 
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. 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". 
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. 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. 
"Q" listed the Body Language as the 50th best album of 2003.
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,
||Kylie Minogue, Dan Carey, Emilíana Torrini
||Dan Carey, Emiliana Torrini, Sunnyroads
||Ash Thomas, Alexis Strum
||"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
||Kurtis el Khaleel, David Billing
||Minogue, Karen Poole, Ash Thomas
||"Red Blooded Woman"
||Johnny Douglas, Poole
||Khaleel, Billing, M. Grey
||"I Feel For You"
||Liz Winstanley, J. Piccioni, S. Anselmetti
||Minogue, Torrini, Thomas
||Minogue, Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Dave Morgan
||Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher
||Cathy Dennis, Chris Braide
||Cathy Dennis, Chris Braide
- "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
- "I'm Sorry" and "Trippin' Me Up" 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" and "I'm Just Here for the Music" 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" 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" 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.
Sales and certifications
The following people contributed to Body Language:
- 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