Kylie dances her way through the pandemic

Ceri Doyle

On November 6th, 2020, Kylie Minogue released her dazzling fifteenth studio album, “Disco”. The album, packed to perfection with synths, mesmerising vocals, and beats that force you to drop everything and dance, is a strong contender for album of the year.

With this album being one of the many disco records that have emerged this year, there will be questions if there is a future for the genre in 2020 or if we should leave the 1970s’ disco in the past.

From Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” album to Miley Cyrus’ “Midnight Sky” single, pop artists are experimenting with elements of the genre and being acclaimed for it. It’s clear from the success of these hits, and the artists’ desires to produce them, that disco is back and in demand.

There’s no denying the appeal for disco music in 2020, especially when “Disco” has made Minogue the first woman to have a UK number-one album in five different decades.

Not only does the genre bring chart triumph, but the revival of disco in 2020 is necessary for celebrating diversity, with the genre having a connection throughout history with the LGBTQ+ community and people of colour.

“Disco came from struggle and from people needing to find a place for inclusion and diversity and to be accepted and to let those emotions out,” Minogue told People in an interview about her newest album.

Disco music is a celebration, and in 2020, we need to celebrate and promote inclusion and diversity. The success of the revival of the genre this year is a credit to the communities that popularized it in the 1970s while facing adversities.

With all of the chaos and distress of 2020, especially amid the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, Kylie Minogue’s “Disco” is a glimmer of hope that life will return to normal again.

The album, which was mostly created in Minogue’s home studio during the COVID-19 “Lockdown”, has dancefloor anthems that give us a chance to pretend we are back to the way things were pre-pandemic. This year’s disco revival is allowing us to bring the dancefloor home while we wait for them to reopen when normality resumes.

Amidst the heaviness of this year, disco music is the upbeat escape we need. We need to protect our mentality and distance ourselves from the heartbreak ballads that keep appearing in the charts to profit from our encouraged misery.

“If only we can open our hearts, reach out our hands,” Minogue sings in the inspiring track “Unstoppable”. Disco music can lift us and bring us back together from the devastation 2020 has brought us.

Kylie Minogue’s “Disco” showed us that it’s not just the genre of disco that we need in 2020; what we need is a reason to dance, and that is what disco is for.

Ceri Doyle

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