Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Kylie & Christophe Get Sensitized

I'm a bottle of Sweet Darling away from being a fully paid up member of Al Kylieda. The pint sized diva could queef her way through the Delta Goodrem songbook and I'd still probably give it a positive write up. That gives you some indication of how much I hated "Sensitized" to only give it 1/10 when I reviewed "X" way back in November 2007. In fact, I believe I even coined the phrase "Senshitized"! Everything about the track just rubs me the wrong way. To my ears it's a shoddy rehash of the vastly superior "Cowboy Style" with an incredibly fucking annoying sample plastered over the top. If the song was written by anyone other than Cathy Dennis, I'm sure it would be currently gathering dust on the studio shelf next to "Sexual Gold" and "Acid Min".

Needless to say, I was less than excited when I heard "Sensitized" was being revived as a duet for Christophe Willem's "Caféine" album. After ignoring it for the past month, I finally decided to give the track a spin reasoning that it couldn't be any worse than Kylie's recent duet with Coldplay. Well, it's amazing how much difference a camp French pop star and significantly less irritating production can make! The grating "Bonnie & Clyde" sample has been toned down and some of the verses are now sung en français. Instead of sounding forced and desperate, the new version exudes a playful sensuality that I find very appealing. "Sensitized" will never be my favourite Kylie moment but this is a massive improvement!

Listen to Kylie & Christophe HERE

"Sensitized" isn't the only Kylie connection on Christophe's album - Guy Chambers and Steve Anderson both contribute tracks. Unfortunately, there are no plans to release the song or the album outside the French speaking world, so I guess we'll all just have to import it. I ordered my copy from Amazon.

11 comments:

Peibols said...

You joking.
This song is still rubbish.

John said...

I didn't hate it the first time around, but the French on this track really does make it more appealing.

Paul said...

and surprisingly the whole christophe album is quite good. I even navigated amazon.fr with my minimal french. "bonjour amazon le francais. Je voudrais christophe willem avec Kylie s'il vous plait. Ooo ta!"

bubu said...

I am one of the few that like the original. and still prefer to this one. Soraya should re-re-release hers with another X-album-track-fake-Kylie-duet as a bonus.

Jay said...

Sensitized is perfection and Beyond Fabulous! This version is brilliant - at least until the frog starts "singing"...

I'd love to hear this sans Franglais and of course a dub version...

Guy said...

Ha! It sounds like a mashup by an obsessive fan.

Scott said...

You can't polish a turd.

Adem With An E said...

I actually like this, the production's been nicely tucked in, hasn't it? That opening verse sounds MUCH better a bit barer.

Scarlett said...

Christophe Willem is my personal favorite "find" of the year - his album is great, and he's even got Kylie's seal of approval!

I quite like "Sensitized," in all its various forms, but I thought this duet version had a little something extra. :)

Moogaboo said...

Without explanations or apologies, I must state that I've always loved Sensitized. However, the production on this version is AMAZING. I like how the beat is isolated, beefed up and I like how those cello samples are used. Unfortunately after the first verse it stops being so playful, but the French parts are nice, too.

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