Neon Nights

Neon Nights

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by Dannii Minogue
     
 

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There's something about those Minogue sisters. No matter how many times they seem to be down for the count, a surprise comeback hit is always just around the corner. Dannii has never quite achieved the level of superstardom that sister Kylie has attained, but she has shown equal tenacity. Released in 1997, Girl may have been a commercial

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There's something about those Minogue sisters. No matter how many times they seem to be down for the count, a surprise comeback hit is always just around the corner. Dannii has never quite achieved the level of superstardom that sister Kylie has attained, but she has shown equal tenacity. Released in 1997, Girl may have been a commercial failure, but it succeeded in repositioning her as a sophisticated club artist rather than a B-list pop singer. That album caught on in the burgeoning trance scene of the mid-'90s, and Neon Nights partially follows that trend into the 2000s on tracks such as "Who Do You Love Now?," the out-of-nowhere comeback collaboration with Riva that gave Dannii the biggest hit of her career. However, Neon Nights is a more varied collection, a veritable pick and mix of the European dance scene at the turn of the century. Songs such as the sleazy "Put the Needle on It" and the pulsating "A Piece of Time" are pure electroclash, whereas the bouncy "For the Record" and "Mystified" caught on at the beginning of the major '80s revival that took off in a big way over the next few years. Despite the variety of influences, the album flows better than any of Dannii's albums have before, with only the overly crass "Vibe On" even approaching filler status. Minogue is no faceless vocalist either; she infuses the tracks with her persona, sexually charged but smart and slightly aloof. There is a revelatory performance on the album's closing track and only ballad, "It Won't Work Out." Against a chilly, spare musical backing, Dannii delivers a heartfelt, unadorned vocal somewhat reminiscent of the best moments of Everything But the Girl. Although the album contains no cover versions, the success of the singles was augmented by the bootlegging craze. "I Begin to Wonder" was mashed with Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record") for the clubs, and "Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling" became the first track ever to be granted permission to sample from Madonna's "Into the Groove." These mixes helped these songs reach the widest audience of Minogue's career, topping U.S. club charts as well as those in the U.K. and Europe. Without a doubt the most confident and forward-thinking release yet for Dannii, it didn't quite make her the major star it should have, but it did give her the best run of hits of her career, and continued to show she was much more than the sum of her family name.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Ultra Records
UPC:
0617465117329
catalogNumber:
1173

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dannii Minogue   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Stevens   Background Vocals
Ian Masterson   Vocals
James Khari   Background Vocals
Debbie French   Background Vocals
Terry Ronald   Vocals,Background Vocals
Karen Ann Poole   Background Vocals
Anna Nordell   Background Vocals
Mattias Johansson   Guitar
Bruno Alexandre   Background Vocals
Camille Troillard   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Matthieu Joly   Drums,Keyboards
Mitch Stevens   Vocals,Background Vocals
James Nisbett   Guitar

Technical Credits

Dannii Minogue   Composer
Sekou Bunch   Composer
Gil Cang   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
John Guldberg   Composer
Ian Masterson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
James Khari   Composer
Terry Ronald   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Jean Claude Ades   Producer
Karen Ann Poole   Composer
Jewels & Stone   Composer
Iron K   Producer
Bruno Alexandre   Composer
Camille Troillard   Composer
Matthieu Joly   Composer
Liz Winstanley   Composer
Henrik Korpi   Composer
Victoria Horn   Composer
Mikka Lommi   Video Director
Hannah Robinson   Composer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Mathias Johansson   Composer

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Neon Nights 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great release of Euro Pop / Dance music! The U.S. may finally realize the talents of Kylie's younger sister with this CD.