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Rhythm of Love
Rhythm of Love
Studio album by Kylie Minogue
Released 12 November 1990
Recorded 1990; London and Los Angeles
Genre
  • Dance-pop
  • house
  • R&B
Length 44:28
Label
  • PWL
  • Mushroom
Producer(s)
  • Stock Aitken Waterman
  • Keith Cohen
  • Stephen Bray
  • Michael Jay
  • Rick James
Kylie Minogue chronology
Enjoy Yourself
(1989)
Rhythm of Love
(1990)
Let's Get to It
(1991)
Singles from Rhythm of Love
1. Better the Devil You Know
30 April 1990
2. Step Back in Time
22 October 1990
3. What Do I Have to Do
21 January 1991
4. Shocked
20 May 1991

"Rhythm of Love" is the third studio album by Kylie Minogue, released on 12 November 1990 by PWL. Like her previous studio albums, Stock Aitken Waterman were the primary producers off the album, but featured new producers and collaborations including Keith Cohen, Stephen Bray and Michael Jay. Unlike her two previous albums, Kylie started to become more involved in the process of creating the album. She recorded the album in the spring and summer of 1990 in London and Los Angeles. Rhythm of Love deals with many subjects including love and having fun. Musically, the album brought a new direction with a more sexual image and a more dance-influenced sound.

After the album's release, Rhythm of Love received generally positive reviews from most music critics. Many complimented it as her best work with Stock Aitken and Waterman, along with critics praising Kylie herself for stepping out of her comfort zone. Though some did find it similar to her previous efforts. The album generated moderate success on the record charts, having charted inside the top fifty in countries including United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden, and was certified Platinum in the United Kingdom.

The album spawned four singles, sometimes referred to as the Golden Quartet. "Better the Devil You Know" became one of Kylie's biggest successes, charting inside the top twenty in Israel, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden and France. The music video generated a more sexual image to her career. Kylie promoted the album with her Rhythm of Love Tour in Australia and Asia. The album is considered by many to be a definitive turning point in Kylie's career, noted for successfully beginning a departure from the bubblegum pop sound of her first two albums and showing her as a more mature, credible musical artist.

BackgroundEdit

The album was produced by Stock Aitken Waterman, Keith Cohen, Stephen Bray and Michael Jay (track 6). For the first time it included songs co-written by Kylie. The album was a departure from the bubblegum pop music of its predecessors and attempted to present a more stylish and contemporary dance sound. Several of its tracks became popular hits in the clubs of the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The album reached number nine on the UK album charts and was certified platinum.

With a new musical direction, Kylie had the opportunity to break out of the mould her record company had created for her. Heavily influenced by her then boyfriend Michael Hutchence, Kylie explored and presented herself in a more sexual and raunchier manner. The media dubbed this 'SexKylie', as fishnet tights and dark eye makeup quickly replaced the big hair, bright colors and Christmas ornament-like earrings. Nick Levine from Digital Spy stated musically that it's "still perky early Kylie pop, but there's a definite progression here: a slightly dancier sound, more sax, guitars and rapping, and – gasp! – tracks produced by people other than Stock Aitken Waterman."

"What Do I Have to Do" was originally planned to be the follow-up to "Better the Devil You Know" in late 1990, but was held back after the release of "Step Back in Time" until January 1991, when a newer remix of the song was used for the single version. "I Am the One for You", written by Kylie, Phil Harding, Ian Curnow, was an unused track from these recording sessions which was eventually made available to fans on the Australian-only 1998 compilation Greatest Remix Hits 4.

ReceptionEdit

CriticalEdit

After the album's release, Rhythm of Love received generally positive reviews from most music critics. Chris True of Allmusic describes the album as Kylie's "best work from the Stock-Aitken-Waterman era", and writes that "the songwriting is stronger, the production dynamic, and Kylie seems more confident vocally". Nick Levine from Digital Spy gave it a positive review, awarding the studio album four stars out of five. He stated "Rhythm Of Love is well worth another listen" and concluded saying "It's got the odd dud - stand up, 'One Boy Girl' - and the pop rush fades towards the end, but this is definitely KM's best effort yet, thanks largely to the continued brilliance of those singles. If you can't find something to bop to here, you need to get yourself on the NHS waiting list for a new pair of Dancing Feet."

Commercial responseEdit

Rhythm of Love debuted at number seventeen on the Australian Albums Chart. It climbed to number thirteen but fell afterwards. However, when Kylie was promoting her Rhythm of Love Tour, the album climbed the chart once again and eventually peaked at number ten. In New Zealand, the album spent a sole week on the charts at number thirty six, not becoming successful in that country. It performed similarly in Sweden, only peaking at number forty four on the charts there. In Spain the album peaked number twenty six and stayed in the charts for ten weeks, later being certified Gold there.

In June 1991, the album was reissued as Rhythm of Love: The Gold Album and featured bonus remixes. In the UK, Rhythm of Love was certified platinum, and has sold over 300,000 units. In Australia, the original CD was issued as a 'white' picture disc. The album was later re-released as a special "Gold Version" in May 1991, containing three bonus remixes, and went on to receive platinum certification in both the UK and Australia.

SinglesEdit

The album's lead single "Better The Devil You Know" was released on 30 April 1990. The song received positive reviews from most music critics, with critics noting it as a highlight to the album. Many critics noted the new style of Kylie's direction, not being the same as her previous music. Commercially, the song was successful on the charts peaking inside the top twenty in countries including Australia, Belgium, France, Israel, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, being both certified in Australia and the UK. The music video was directed by Paul Goldman and was filmed in Melbourne. The video featured Kylie in very mild sexually suggestive scenes with a black man, who played the role of her lover. It caused some controversy as it presented Kylie in a much more mature image than videos from earlier years. The album's second single "Step Back in Time" was released on 22 October 1990. Originally, the song "What Do I Have to Do" was going to be released as the second single but the decision was changed to "Step Back in Time". This song marks the first time Kylie took her music into the genre of disco. The song peaked inside the top ten in Australia, UK, Ireland and South Africa.

The album's third single "What Do I Have to Do" was released on 21 January 1991. The song received very positive reviews from music critics, praising the song as being a 90's masterpiece. "What Do I Have to Do" had smaller success than her previous. It peaked at 11 in Australia, becoming her first to miss the top ten. It managed to peak at 6 in the UK, however. The album's last single, "Shocked" was released on 20 May 1991. The song was critically acclaimed from music critics, noting it as one of Kylie's best work and a highlight. However, the song didn't have much success, but peaked inside the top ten in the United Kingdom and her native Australia.

Track listingEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Rhythm of Love.

Standard edition
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Better the Devil You Know"  
  • Mike Stock
  • Matt Aitken
  • Pete Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:52
2. "Step Back in Time"  
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:05
3. "What Do I Have to Do"  
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:44
4. "Secrets"  
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 4:06
5. "Always Find the Time"  
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
  • Rick James
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:36
6. "The World Still Turns"  
Jay 4:00
7. "Shocked"  
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 4:48
8. "One Boy Girl"  
  • Minogue
  • Willie Wilcox
Keith Cohen 4:35
9. "Things Can Only Get Better"  
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:57
10. "Count the Days"  
  • Minogue
  • Stephen Bray
  • Bray
  • Cohen
4:23
11. "Rhythm of Love"  
  • Minogue
  • Bray
  • Bray
  • Cohen
4:13
Total length:
44:28
Limited gold edition bonus tracks
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
12. "Step Back in Time" (Walkin' Rhythm mix)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 7:55
13. "What Do I Have to Do" (Between the Sheets remix)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 7:08
14. "Shocked" (DNA mix)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:10
Australian limited edition bonus tracks
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
12. "Better the Devil You Know" (U.S. remix)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 6:03
13. "Step Back in Time" (Walkin' Rhythm mix)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 7:55
14. "What Do I Have to Do" (Between the Sheets remix)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 7:08
Australian limited edition bonus disc/cassette
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Shocked" (DNA mix)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:10
2. "Shocked" (DNA 12" mix)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 6:20
3. "Shocked" (Harding/Curnow 7" mix)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:18
1990 Japanese edition bonus tracks
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
12. "Better the Devil You Know" (The Mad March Hare Mix)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 7:09
PWL 2015 Deluxe Edition (Disc 1)
No. Title Length
12. "Better the Devil You Know" (The Mad March Hair Mix) 7:08
13. "Step Back in Time" (Walkin' Rhythm Mix) 8:00
14. "What Do I Have to Do" (Pumpin' Mix) 7:47
15. "Shocked" (DNA 12" Mix) 6:14
16. "Things Can Only Get Better" (Original Mix) 3:37
PWL 2015 Deluxe Edition (Disc 2)
No. Title Length
1. "Better the Devil You Know" (Dave Ford Mix) 5:50
2. "Step Back in Time" (Tony King Mix) 7:30
3. "What Do I Have to Do" (Between the Sheets Mix) 7:05
4. "Shocked" (Harding/Curnow 12" Mix) 7:32
5. "Better the Devil You Know" (Alternative Mix) 3:20
6. "I Am the One for You"   3:12
7. "What Do I Have to Do" (Billy the Fish Mix)) 7:31
8. "Better the Devil You Know" (U.S. Remix) 6:03
9. "One Boy Girl" (12" Mix) 4:57
10. "Shocked" (Harding/Curnow 7" Mix) 3:19
11. "Things Can Only Get Better" (Original 12" Mix) 7:12
12. "What Do I Have to Do" (Sax on the Beach Mix) 8:55
13. "Step Back in Time" (The Big Shock) 6:38
PWL 2015 Deluxe Edition (Disc 3/DVD)
No. Title Length
1. "Better the Devil You Know" (Music video)  
2. "Step Back in Time" (Music video)  
3. "What Do I Have to Do" (Music video)  
4. "Shocked" (Music video)  
5. "Better the Devil You Know" (Behind the Scenes, part of the bonus footage section)  
6. "Step Back in Time" (Behind the Scenes, part of the bonus footage section)  
7. "What Do I Have to Do" (Behind the Scenes, part of the bonus footage section)  
8. "Better the Devil You Know" (Live on Going Live!)  
9. "Better the Devil You Know" (Live on Top Of The Pops)  
10. "Better the Devil You Know" (Live on Christmas Top Of The Pops)  
11. "Step Back in Time" (Live on Going Live!)  
12. "Step Back in Time" (Live on Top Of The Pops)  
13. "Shocked" (Live on Top Of The Pops)  
Note
  • Unreleased track, "I Am the One for You" was recorded for the album but was left off and eventually released on the Australian-only 1998 compilation Greatest Remix Hits 4.


Rhythm of Love Logo
Singles | Tour | Photoshoot

"Better the Devil You Know"
"Step Back in Time"
"What Do I Have to Do"
"Secrets"

"Always Find the Time"
"The World Still Turns"
"Shocked"
"One Boy Girl"

"Things Can Only Get Better"
"Count the Days"
"Rhythm of Love"

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