Everyone knows that festive records can be hit-or-miss affairs. The treatments diverge obviously enough: safe-as-houses remakes of perennial favourites, leftfield creative reinterpretations of that extensive back-catalogue or, for the very brave, new songs. Kylie Minogue’s Christmas album, Kylie Christmas, doesn’t entirely follow a single path, but it is an unashamed crowd-pleaser with a few surprises thrown in along the way – stocking-fillers and gift-wrapped delights, if you like.
Listen to ‘Kylie Christmas’ here.
The Snow Queen takes her throne
For this 2015 release, Kylie’s cover of Yazoo’s Only You, issued as a duet with James Corden, was the first signal that fans should expect something of the unexpected. The comedian and talk-show host was an unlikely choice (how the fans would have adored a reunion with Jason Donovan, who was denied a festive chart-topper with Kylie in 1988 by Cliff Richard’s Mistletoe And Wine), but it was a fun remake of 1983’s UK Christmas No.1 (in its cover by a cappella flash-in-the-pans The Flying Pickets).