Let's Get to It

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Let's Get to It
Kylie Minogue - Let's Get to It album cover.png
Studio album by Kylie Minogue
Released 14 October 1991 (1991-10-14) (UK)
25 November 1991 (1991-11-25) (Australia)
Recorded June 1991
Genre
Length 39:04
Label
Producer
Kylie Minogue chronology
Rhythm of Love
(1990)
Let's Get to It
(1991)
Kylie Minogue
(1994)
Singles from Let's Get to It
  1. "Word Is Out"
    Released: 28 August 1991 (1991-08-28)
  2. "If You Were with Me Now"
    Released: 21 October 1991 (1991-10-21)
  3. "Give Me Just a Little More Time"
    Released: 13 January 1992 (1992-01-13)
  4. "Finer Feelings"
    Released: 13 April 1992 (1992-04-13)

Let's Get to It is the fourth studio album by Australian singer and songwriter Kylie Minogue, released on 14 October 1991 by PWL Records. Like the majority of her previous recordings, production credits and creations were handled by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, but also featured other writers and producers for the works of the studio album.

Critically, the album received mixed reviews from music critics. Most of them noticed a musical and symbolic change towards Minogue's image, but criticized most of the input of the record. Let's Get To It remains Minogue's least successful studio album to date, missing the top ten in both her native Australia and United Kingdom. Nonetheless, the album was certified gold in Australia.[4] A promotional tour, entitled Let's Get to It Tour managed to have success around Europe.

Background and development[edit]

Club music was the main inspiration for Minogue during the time working on the album.

In 1991, Matt Aitken left Stock Aitken Waterman, the long-time record producing trio for Minogue, because he felt he was "burnt out." "People say all our records sound the same, but it came to a point where they started sounding all the same to me," he said.[5]

Over the course of the year, Minogue returned to the studio with her remaining producers Mike Stock and Pete Waterman, co-writing six tracks with them. She told Smash Hits a lot of her new songs are "pretty different." "Everything from big band swing stuff to a more soulful kind of thing," the magazine recalls her words.[6] Minogue also suggested that she hoped to find time to do more recording that year. "I may do some more writing in America which may lead to another recording there," she told.[7]

During this time, Minogue was fascinated by club music. Although her music was always played in commercial clubs, but the pop element of her earlier works made the "cooler clubs" tend to "frown upon." Minogue then created an alias for herself as "Angel K," set about releasing white label promotional vinyl's of tracks included "Do You Dare" and "Closer", both of the songs later appeared as B-sides on "Give Me Just a Little More Time" and "Finer Feelings", respectively.[8]

At this stage, the album was a contractual obligation as the last of four studio albums on her contract, as Minogue remained unsure whether to continue with PWL until after the release of the album's final single "Finer Feelings".[9] Following her release from PWL, she stated that she felt stifled by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, saying, "I was very much a puppet in the beginning. I was blinkered by my record company. I was unable to look left or right."[10] When asked about whether he knew it would be her final studio album with PWL, Waterman said "Yes. I mean in hindsight, we should have actually sold that album before we made it. If I was as brilliant as I’d like to think I could have been I would have had the common sense to say that Kylie had become such a big star she was overshadowing us and killing our creativity and that if we had stepped out at that point, we’d have had to gone back to what we were good at and that was finding new artists and constantly finding new things to do and being completely creative instead of worrying about who was going to pay the rent and all the salaries at the end of the month."[11]

Songs[edit]

Janet Jackson appeared on the album as one of the interpolations for "Too Much of a Good Thing."

Digital Spy's Nick Levine called the album her most "diverse set of songs yet."[12] In Social Theory in Popular Culture, Lee Barron noted her significant musical differences from her "initial formula" of the early works in the album and the previous, Rhythm of Love, with the latter has "a sound even flirting with R&B influences."[3]

The first track of the album, "Word Is Out", is a new jack swing[12] and R&B[13] track, with "swingbeat big band sound."[14] "Too Much of a Good Thing" is a house track which contains interpolations from Janet Jackson's "Control" and "Let the Beat Hit 'Em" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam.[12] "If You Were with Me Now" was compared by to "Disney duet balladry." The techno-pop[12] "I Guess I Like It Like That" includes a stadium keyboard part that lays the foundation of the song—which Chris True from AllMusic called it one of album's "noticeable missteps", an interpolation of "I Like It Like That" by Salt-N-Pepa and a sample from "Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited.[15]

Waterman stated: "I went to bed, and, and I literally was in bed thinking of all these records that I had in my life [...] I was going through the library mentally thinking, what song would she never have done that we could do that was just a great song. And one of my favorite songs was Chairman of the Board's 'Give Me Just a Little More Time.'" He was working in the middle of the night when he ran downstairs to his record label to find the track. The song was played to Minogue the next morning.[16][17]

Artwork and release[edit]

The artwork was photographed by German fashion photographer Jürgen Teller. In the cover, she wore a dress which was designed by Nobuhiko Kitamura for Japanese fashion brand Hysteric Glamour, it was described as a mini dress with "stretch lycra, multi-coloured green, yellow pink vanity print, sleeveless, shoe string shoulder straps in same fabric." The dress was later donated to the Cultural Gifts Program of the Arts Centre Melbourne by Minogue herself in 2004.[18] "The album cover will worry fans the most," said Minogue. "I like it, but it's black and white and there are three men with me. You don't realise they're men until you look at it carefully - you think they're just shapes around the edge. You wonder what I'm thinking because I've got this weird expression on my face which people haven't seen before. [...] It's going to be interesting to see what people make of the album cover."[19] Chris True from AllMusic said the cover is "kind of creepy."[15]

Promotion[edit]

Tour[edit]

Main article: Let's Get to It Tour

Live performances[edit]

Singles[edit]

"Word Is Out" was serviced as the lead single for the album on 28 August 1991. It was her first lead single not to reach the top ten on the UK Singles Chart.[20]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[15]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[12]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[2]
Select 3/5 medals[1]

Chris True from AllMusic gave the album two and a half stars, called the album is "certainly as danceable" as her previous work Rhythm of Love but "not her most solid release, but fans of her early work will enjoy it."[15] Joe Sweeney from PopMatters the album's musical styles make it "sound more dated by half than Rhythm of Love."[2] Digital Spy claimed their readers not to let the Stock Aitken Waterman fool them.[12] Nick Griffiths from Select called it "easily her best album", with the "teeny-beat" production has been "superseded by a glossier, more soulful production, rising to the impressive but blatant clubdom 'I Guess I Like It Like That.'" However, he still looked at the album as a "false tease", claimed her music "is still for virgins."[1] Nathan Wood from Foxtel's MaxTV called the album "a musical exploration."[21]

Minogue had also received a nomination for Best Female Artist category at the sixth ARIA Music Awards in 1992 for her work on the album.[22]

Commercial performance[edit]

Let's Get to It is Minogue's least successful album to date. After the success of "Give Me Just a Little More Time", which was released in January 1992, the album returned to the UK chart at number 68 in January 1992, then dropped off. Three weeks later, the album re-entered the UK albums chart at number 50.[23]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kylie Minogue, Mike Stock and Pete Waterman and produced by Stock and Waterman, except where noted. Credits adapted from the liner notes of Let's Get to It.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Word Is Out" 3:35
2. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" 3:08
3. "Too Much of a Good Thing"   4:24
4. "Finer Feelings"
  • Stock
  • Waterman
3:54
5. "If You Were with Me Now" (duet with Keith Washington)
3:11
6. "Let's Get to It"
  • Stock
  • Waterman
4:49
7. "Right Here, Right Now"   3:52
8. "Live and Learn"   3:15
9. "No World Without You"   2:46
10. "I Guess I Like It Like That"   6:00
Total length: 39:04

Notes

  • The Summer Breeze 7" Edit of "Word Is Out" was used for the Australian release.
  • "Too Much of a Good Thing" contains an interpolation of "Control" (1986) by Janet Jackson and "Let the Beat Hit 'Em" (1991) by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam.
  • "Right Here, Right Now" samples "Are You Gonna Be There" (1991) by Shay Jones.
  • "I Guess I Like It Like That" contains an interpolation of "I Like It Like That" (1988) by Salt-N-Pepa
  • The song "I Guess I like Like That" samples 2 Unlimited's "Get Ready For This" written by Phil Wilde, Jean-Paul de Coster and Ray Slijngaard
  • In the 2015 UK re-release of "Let's Get To It", Wild and de Coster were credited as co-authors of the song (Stock/Waterman/Minogue/DeCoster/Wilde).
  • "Right Here, Right Now" is entirely unrelated to the better-known song of the same name Minogue recorded in 2015.

Release formats[edit]

  • CD — containing the 10-track album.
  • CD Japanese edition — 10-track album featuring an exclusive booklet containing pictures from the Rhythm of Love promotional shoots with all-new artwork and a bonus 3" CD.
  • Special edition released in 2015, includes eight bonus tracks with 24-page booklet that contains "full lyrics, new sleeve notes and classic images." [4]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Let's Get to It.

Charts[edit]

Charts (1991) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 13
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[25] 37
UK Albums (CIN)[23] 15

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[26] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Let's Get To...The Videos[edit]

Let's Get To...The Videos
Lets get to it VHS.jpg
Video by Kylie Minogue
Released November 1991
Genre Pop–dance
Label
Kylie Minogue chronology
Kylie On the Go - Live in Japan
(1990)
Let's Get To...The Videos
(1991)
Live!
(1992)

A video was released following the album titled Let's Get To...The Videos. It included four music videos from Minogue's previous album Rhythm of Love, two music videos from Let's Get to It, and exclusive behind the scenes footage. It was released in VHS and LD format. The behind the scenes footage was included in Kylie's DVD Greatest Hits 87–97.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Better the Devil You Know"
  2. "Step Back in Time"
  3. "What Do I Have to Do"
  4. "Shocked"
  5. "Word Is Out"
  6. "If You Were with Me Now"
  7. Behind the scenes

Release history[edit]

These are the formats of major video releases of Let's Get To...The Videos.

Release format Country Cat. no. Label
UK VHS United Kingdom VHF21 PWL
Japanese Laserdisc Japan ALLB-18 PWL
Japanese VHS Japan ALVB-18 PWL
OZ VHS Australia V81192 Mushroom

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c [1]
  3. ^ a b Barron 2012, p. 65
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  5. ^ Petridis, Alexis (3 December 2005). "Return of the hitmen". Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
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  7. ^ "Kylie says: 'I love them!!'". Smash Hits. Emap Metro. 25 August 1991. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Staff writer(s) (3 August 2002). "Kylie Minogue Special". Rage. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
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  10. ^ Shuker, p. 164
  11. ^ "Interview: Pete Waterman – with Kylie's first four albums getting the deluxe reissue treatment we talk to the producer behind them". Louder than War. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f Nick Levine (22 May 2010). "Music The Sound - Kylie: Revisited #4: 'Let's Get To It". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  13. ^ Robert Copsey (8 February 2013). "Kylie Minogue signs to Roc Nation: What does it mean?". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  14. ^ Eggar, Robin (25 August 1991). "Kylie: The word is out". Sunday Mirror Magazine. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c d Chris True. "Let's Get to It - Kylie Minogue". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  16. ^ Fat Gay Vegan (9 February 2015). "Interview: Pete Waterman". Louder Than War. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
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  18. ^ [2]
  19. ^ "I look weird on my new album". Big!. 1991. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  20. ^ Sean Smith (13 March 2014). Kylie. Simon and Schuster. pp. 89–. ISBN 978-1-4711-3583-5. 
  21. ^ [3]
  22. ^ "Winners by Year - 1992". ARIA Awards. Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  23. ^ a b "Official Charts > Kylie Minogue". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  24. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Kylie Minogue – Let's Get to It". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  25. ^ "カイリー・ミノーグ – あなたもM?". Oricon.co.jp. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  26. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Albums Chart – Week Ending 29 Mar 1992 (61–100) (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 113)". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 1 December 2016. 

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