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Friday, 28 September, 2001, 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK
Battle of the pop giants
We review the four potential chart-topping albums from Kylie, Victoria Beckham, Bob the Builder and Sir Elton John, which are all released on 1 October.
Kylie fever is catching, says the BBC's Michael Osborn
Kylie Minogues stunningly easy victory over Victoria Beckham in the singles charts was no one-off, judging by her new album, Fever.
The oozingly sultry, immediately memorable song Can't Get You Out Of My Head steamrollered to number one, with a winning formula which has been repeated all over Fever.
The Australian diva - now a veteran of 13 years - knows her territory and sticks to it with great success on the eighth album of her career.
This is pure disco-fuelled dance music, with a thankful absence of the odd syrupy ballad. Let's face it, Minogue's voice isn't the stronges but wrap it up in layers of music and energising sound, and it excels.
The chunky, mesmerising beats of Minogue's chart-topper are replicated on Come Into My World, while other tracks bring back memories of disco's glory days.
More More More is unflinchingly hotpants and glitter, but still sounds fresh, funky and a song to groove to. Meanwhile, the outstanding Fragile is a gentler track with its own understated verve.
Minogue's Fever consolidates her place as a pop performer of longevity. This is a set of well-crafted, infectious pop songs which should see the diminuitive diva hold steady at the top of the tree.
Sir Elton John's die-hard fans will not be disappointed by his latest album, says BBC News Online's Ian Youngs.
Sir Elton thinks Songs from the West Coast is his best album for years - and it proves that the star still has the creative, schmaltzy, showy juices coursing through his veins.
This album does not contain songs that could rival his hits of the 70s and 80s, but neither is it an embarrassing effort from a star trying to convince himself that his career is not dead.
Let's just call this period his long, drawn out musical old age.
This is his 40th album in 32 years, and he continues to use the ability to inject a sense of high drama into his tunes with a deep voice and grand piano.
Songs including American Triangle, Original Sin and new single I Want Love use this with good effect.
Jaunty tunes, like Birds and The Wasteland, are out-numbered and influenced by country music that he must have picked up while on that West Coast that he talks about.
On the whole, it is standard Sir Elton stuff that fans will rush out to buy, and non-fans will never have any reason to go anywhere near.
There is a definite blessing, though - he has not yet resorted to Posh and Kylie's tactics of recruiting hip producers to make him sound modern.
Victoria Beckham's solo offering was not worth waiting for, says the BBC's Leigh Mytton
We've had the single, the book, the website, now we've got the album. Spice girl Victoria Beckham has spent 18 months putting together her first solo offering.
She co-wrote nine of the 12 tracks so prepare yourself for a further foray into the love, laughter and longing that makes the Beckhams the most talked about couple in showbusiness.
Beckham kicks off with Not Such An Innocent Girl - the single she has been flogging for weeks. If you haven't heard it, you've been on the Planet Zog.
Beckham didn't write this one. Who'd want to be responsible for "I've got a secret rose tattoo/I'm dying just to show it you"?
What follows is a mix of slushy numbers, two of which are dedicated to her husband.
Then she tries some R&B efforts, I Wish/Like That plus Every Part Of Me - a ballad featuring Brooklyn on backing vocals.
The old girl power themes are there as in songs warning women not to let themselves be messed around by men and their girlfriends.
Some of the lyrics are classic school girl fare, such as: "Do you like dancin' to a sad love song - even when the music's gone?".
But the track that really fascinates me is Watcha Talkin' Bout. It's about someone who "changed on us" when the "fame and fans kept comin' in". I wonder who?
Bob's assault on the charts is a 'well-constructed' compilation, says BBC News Online's Christine McCarthy
He's already taken the singles charts by storm and now the inimitable construction giant Bob the Builder is threatening to top the album charts with his first compilation.
As expected, this is a "well-constructed" album which is bound to "build" on Bob's successful "foundations" in the music business.
There's something for everyone as Bob and the gang experiment with everything from country and western to drum and base with a bit of rock 'n' roll thrown in.
Bob even reveals his Latin lover side with No One Can Dig It, a hip-swaying challenge to anything Ricky Martin could produce.
The album starts with early Bob, namely his signature tune, followed by the recent number one hit Mambo No 5.
There's certain to be a few standards among the rest of the tracks with artists queuing up to cover the dance track Right Tool For The Job or the sing-a-long No Prob Bob.
Bob's collective all get involved and even the loveable Wendy has her own number with Blonde Haired Gal (in a hard hat).
Bob the album is bound to be a huge hit among his thousands of tiny fans and secures him a place in music history - just above Mr Blobby.
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