It’s the casual vibe of “Dancing,” the first single and accompanying video from Kylie Minogue’s forthcoming fourteenth studio effort Golden, that really impacts the listener after its play time has concluded. Coming after Kiss Me Once (2014), an album that saw the vocalist/songwriter briefly relinquish her sense of confidence in her artistic instincts, “Dancing” could easily be tagged as a “return to form” of sorts. But, listen harder and don't go for the surface assumption. “Dancing” is more of a reclamation of Minogue’s own ability to straddle conventional and unconventional aesthetics in a pop music context.
Light, refreshing and with just a hint of country-pop blush that echoes her Australian pop foremother Olivia Newton-John at her peak, "Dancing" is a compact number with a charming hook. The sonic decorum of the track complements its lyrical angle in that it makes the song come off as a grown-up groove befitting an artist of Minogue’s stature at this point in her career. “Dancing” promises big things for its parent album Golden, likely to be Minogue’s most creatively subversive and interesting set, post-deConstruction era of course, since Body Language (2003).