“I Was Gonna Cancel” is an incontestable cause for comment. A dark horse of a melody, it is taken from Ms. Minogue’s twelfth studio release, Kiss Me Once. Fans devoted to the Australian songstress’ tried and true theatrics of pop and eye candy, dismissed the track as an awkward, lackluster consequence of how the music industry imposes its marketing agendas on artists.
After all, the song is written and produced by Pharrell Williams. Laced with the synth and funk that defined much of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories in 2013 and Madonna’s Hard Candy in 2008, “I Was Gonna Cancel” follows suit, but with results far more successful than their predecessors. This is mostly due to the fact that Ms. Minogue’s principal sound remains intact.
The song recalls Ms. Minogue’s earlier material; notably her take on “The Locomotion”, and “I Should Be So Lucky”, both singles which peaked the charts in 1988. In the case of “I Was Gonna Cancel” the Pharrell modus operandi of funk and urban disco is more triumphant coincidence than artistic usurpation. The music video, a visual annotation challenging our own demons when faced with setback, is a refreshing alternative from the sex-charged visuals Ms. Minogue’s discography is brimming with. You only have to look back to her previous single titled “Sexercize” and see that this release adds more integrity to Ms. Minogue’s C.V.
Call it pedestrian-retro-chic, or back-to-basics, the result is remarkable. Kiss Me Once marks Ms. Minogue’s first release under the purview of Jay Z’s Roc Nation.