Kylie Minogue’s most recent holiday album, “Kylie Christmas,” is quite fun. I bought more tracks from the album than I expected to, and I’m sure they’re going to be in pretty heavy rotation for the next couple of weeks. Of course, then I’ll reach the point where I can’t stand another moment of holiday music and need to fling them as far away from me as possible. Until next year. (Lather. Rinse. Repeat.)
But there’s one track on the album I think I’m going to be playing long after the holidays are diminished to a distant memory and a vague discomfort around the waistband. Minogue has paired up with James Corden – yes, THAT James Corden – for a cover of Yazoo’s iconic “Only You.” It’s surprisingly lovely. I always adored the song, and sing the harmony at every opportunity, but I never expected something so sweet and pretty to come out of this odd couple.
You just never know.
In case you need a little more James Corden (and don’t we all, really?), here’s an adorable live surprise performance he did with Gary Barlow at Barlow’s New Year’s Eve concert in Manchester. The performance is thoroughly lovable, as is Corden. I guess it’s time for me to forgive him for replacing my darling Craig Ferguson on “The Late Late Show.”
Still here? Okay. I have one more thing for you. It’s an hour-long documentary wherein Corden meets and follows around Barlow (who, it turns out, was his idol growing up) and talks with him about his music, his 10-year dark period, and his renaissance. It’s really lovely, if longer than what I usually post. I watched it as homework since I didn’t know much about Barlow, the band, the breakup, or the feud with Robbie Williams. It’s a very interesting hour.