Body Language forgoes the gigantic gay discotheque anthems of 2002's Fever for sugary variations on lighthearted top 40: pop-minded R&B ("Obsession," "Promises"), Justin Timberlake-style keyboard swerves ("Red Blooded Woman"), and even a funky dead ringer for the "Kiss"-era Prince ("Still Standing"). Minogue's chirpy vocals, halfway between Betty Boop and the Madonna of Like a Virgin, are never her strong point, but for every "I Feel for You" -- think Basement Jaxx fronted by a Broadway diva -- there are songs like the smoky ballad "After Dark," whose girlishly sung come-ons continue the disturbing trend of grown women emoting like just-legal jailbait. While these cuts find Kylie crossing into "Act your age!" territory, the remainder of Language is a solid, age-defying adventure in hedonism and sexuality.
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