By Marc Hirsh
Kylie Minogue, “Two Hearts”
How do you make Feist’s “My Moon My Man” even sexier? For one thing, you loosen up the piano and bring the bass (which, as everybody knows, is the sexiest of all instruments) front and center, thus bypassing all the normal channels and plugging the the song directly into your nervous system. Then you slather the whole thing in a glam sheen to turn it into a sugar-coated pop confection. But when you get right down to it, there’s really only one thing you need, and that’s Kylie Minogue, who could probably turn “1234” into a sensual experience. Secure in her dominance everywhere but the U.S., Minogue’s mostly given up trying to find a mass audience in a country that’s given up on her. Which means that while we’re checking out “Hard Candy” and watching Madonna appear to be sputtering out, finally, after an incredible run, almost nobody’s paying attention as Minogue is right smack dab in the middle of her peak.