"Love at First Sight" (2002) is the second song of the same title recorded by Australian music artist Kylie Minogue, taken from her eighth studio album Fever (the first, related by title only, was from her 1988 album, Kylie). It was written by its producer Richard Stannard and Julian Gallagher, alongside Minogue, Ash Howes, and Martin Harrington. "Love at First Sight" is a dance song which describes Minogue falling and believing in love at first sight. It was released as the third single, and the second North American single, from the album on 10 June 2002 by Parlophone.

Critical reception towards "Love at First Sight" has been positive; majority of the critics commended the song's commercial appeal and composition. Minor criticism was towards the production similarities of Minogue's previous singles from Fever. In Australia, the song peaked at number three on the Australian Singles Chart. It found more success in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart. The single also charted inside the top ten in countries including Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, and New Zealand.

A music video for "Love at First Sight" was directed by Johan Renck, featuring Minogue in a futuristic maze with backup dancers, all shot in single take motion. "Love At First Sight" was first performed on her KylieFever2002 tour, and has featured on all her concert tours. The song was later nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2003, becoming Minogue's first Grammy nomination.

Background and composition

Following the global success of her eighth studio album Fever (2001), and the album's subsequent singles; "Can't Get You Out of My Head", and "In Your Eyes", Minogue's label Parlophone decided to release a third single worldwide.[7][9] Minogue enlisted several producers including Richard Stannard and Julian Gallagher, both whom work with Minogue previously; the duo wrote "Love at First Sight", alongside Minogue, Ash Howes, and Martin Harrington. It was selected as the third single, and second North American single from Fever, and was released globally on 10 June 2002 by Parlophone.[11] The artwork for "Love at First Sight" was photographed by Nick Knight. During 2002, Minogue launched her Love Kylie lingerie collection, and enlisted Knight to photographed Minogue to promote it; out takes were later re-used for the artwork of "Love at First Sight".[12] Knight worked with Minogue once more on her November 2002 single, "Come into My World". The first artwork features Minogue nude, in front of a blue backdrop, and the second disc is an close-up of Minogue with a red tint.

Produced by Stannard and Gallagher, "Love at First Sight" is a dance-oriented song, that came at the end of a period when mainstream dance-pop music had assimilated French house. The song incorporates elements of Europop and house music.[13][14] "Love at First Sight" talks about falling in love with someone "at first sight"; According to Jacqueline Hodges from BBC, she said along with the title track "Fever"; "use tempting lyrics and suggestive panting to underpin a none-too-subtle good time agenda."[15] There are two versions of "Love at First Sight"; the original version, and the North American remix. The North American remix, re-produced and composed by Ruff and Jam, was released on the Canadian special edition of Fever and 12" singles of "Love at First Sight".[7][7]

Critical reception

'Can’t Get You Out of My Head' and 'Love at First Sight' are two of the best songs of the last five years, they both provide a perfect synthesis of Kylie’s pop princess appeal and her admirable exploration of experimental electronic music. 'Love at First Sight' might even be better, a poppier, and even stranger song. Kylie had the audacity to basically rewrite Daft Punk’s immortal 'Digital Love' and somehow may have even made it even more perfect than it already was. These songs are super-dense sound collages full of tiny strange little details that reward headphone listening while encouraging, perhaps demanding, dancing.
— Hunter Felt from Popmatters retrospectively commended "Love at First Sight"[7]

"Love at First Sight" received positive reviews from music critics. Chris True from Allmusic was favorable towards the track saying "songs like 'Give It to Me' and 'Love at First Sight,' her maturity helps transcend this limiting tag, making this a very stylish Euro-flavored dance-pop record that will appeal to all ages."[13] Alex Needham from NME said the song was " a knickers-aloft disco stormer,".[7] Alexis Petridis from The Guardian commented "Like Robbie Williams's songs, the tracks on Fever are big on easily digestible pop references. 'Love at First Sight' features the same stuttering disco samples as Stardust's number one 'Music Sounds Better with You'."[7] Michael Hubbard from MusicOMH was particularly negative, calling the song a "rip-roar" and said "It would be difficult to pinpoint one duff track on this record, but the more obvious candidates for singles are towards the front of the album – just like her first two records, in fact – especially the rip-roaring frolic that is 'Love At First Sight'."[7] Jason Thompson from PopMatters said the song "opens itself up to the listener with a sexy as hell melody and is one of the sexiest, funkiest classic disco songs that never was . . . until now."[14] Hodges compared the song to the work of Modjo.[15]

The Abbey Roads Sessions–version received mixed reviews from most music critics. Robert Corpsey from Digital Spy said "'On A Night Light This', 'Love At First Sight' and 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'" are songs that "all of which have been stripped of their shimmer and allowed the lyrics to come to the fore."[7] A reviewer from Virgin Media was positive, saying "'Love At First Sight' becomes a sweet folk-pop noodle in the mould of Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz,".[9] However, Susana Novas from What Culture said that "Love at First Sight" was a "low point", saying "‘Love At First Sight’, one of Kylie’s most iconic singles that gets the Taylor Swift treatment (not a compliment either)."[9] Philip Matusavage from MusicOMH commented "Having 25 years of pop classics to draw on means there can be no arguing with the quality of the songs here, however, which is enough to ensure that the album could not be a complete failure. This is clearer nowhere than on the jangly 'Love At First Sight', the euphoric thrill of which shines through despite here rather unfortunately bringing to mind The Lighthouse Family."[9]

Accolades and recognition

In 2003, "Love at First Sight" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording;[24] this became Minogue's first Grammy nomination, and was consecutively nominated in the same category for "Come into My World", which she won, in 2004,[26] "Slow" in 2005,[28] and "I Believe in You" in 2006.[29] Minogue attended the Grammy Awards opening at Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California on 8 February that year, her only appearance there.[9][31] Minogue lost to "Days Go By" by "Dirty Vegas, respectively.[24] In 2003, "Love at First Sight" and "In Your Eyes" was nominated at the Ivor Novello Awards for Most Performed Work, but lost to "Just a Little" by Liberty X, respectively.[9] In 2009, Pitchfork Media ranked the song at number 208 in their list of The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s.[33] In 2012, Jason Lipshutz from Billboard listed "Love at First Sight" at six on their "Kylie Minogue Primer: The Top 10 Past Hits You Need to Know" stating "'"Love at First Sight," a dance song that's so self-assured that it completely powers down 70 seconds in, lets Minogue's voice float in the ether for two lines, then triumphantly returns, slaking the thirst of its hungry listener."[34]

Chart performance

"Love at First Sight" charted at number two on the UK Singles Chart, being stalled from the top spot by Elvis Presley and JXL's remix single "A Little Less Conversation".[35] The song was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments of 200,000 units.[37] The song entered at three on the Australian Singles Chart, where it ultimately peaked.[38] It stayed in the charts for eight weeks and achieved a platinum certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments of 70,000 units.[39] The song debuted at number forty-five on the New Zealand Singles Chart, and peaked at number nine.[40] The song stayed in the charts for eighteen weeks, and was certified gold by the Recorded Music NZ (RMNZ) for shipments of 7,500 units.[41] "Love at First Sight" peaked at number twenty-three on the Billboard Hot 100, which became her third highest charting single behind her 1987 single "The Loco-Motion" and her 2001 single "Can't Get You Out of My Head".[42] The song also charted at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs, and number ten on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.[42] The song reached number five on the Canadian Singles Chart.[42] The song has sold more than 134,000 copies, becoming Minogue's second best-selling single in that country according to Nielsen SoundScan.[43]

Music video

The video for "Love at First Sight" was directed by Johan Renck, and was shot on a virtual set in Dublin, Ireland in May 2002. The video took two days to shoot and required several assistances and stylists to help the dancers and Minogue. The making of the video was released on the DVD single of "Love at First Sight", featuring four separate video excerpts and shows footage of Minogue dancing on set of the video. A photo gallery of the set was published on the DVD.

"Love at First Sight" opens with a view of a sky of geometric shapes moving. It pans down to a staircase that is being digitally added on, and has Minogue walking down. As Minogue dances to the song, the camera turns in several directions to show the room layout; the chorus features back-up dancers on a top stand.[44] The second verse and chorus features Minogue dancing, with different patterns emerging on the walls. From the cut-outs of the walls, geometric buildings are present in the background, showcasing the futuristic city that is similar to "Can't Get You Out of My Head".[44] By the last chorus, it shows a night sky and has all the backup dancers in the background while Minogue sings the song.[44] The video ends with backup dances huddling around Minogue, as it pans to the night sky with different geometric shapes.[44]

Live performances

The US remix of "Love at First Sight" was performed on 17 July 2002 on MTV in the US.[45] Minogue sported a white crop top with metallic track pants, with her back-up dances present and wearing costumes from the music video.[45] She then performed "Love at First Sight" on the US evening TV series, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[11] Minogue performed the song on several live shows including the iHeartRadio and Jools Holland[11][11]

"Love at First Sight" was included in the opening segment of the KylieFever2002 tour, which was launched to promote Fever.[49] In 2003, she performed the song on the one-night only concert Money Can't Buy, which was used to promote Minogue' ninth studio album Body Language and was held at major entertainment venue Hammersmith Apollo in London.[50] It was used as the encore segment for the tour.[51] In 2005, she performed the song on her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour.[53] Minogue was unable to complete the tour as she was diagnosed with early breast cancer and had to cancel the Australian leg of the tour.[54] After undergoing treatment and recovery, she resumed the concert tour in the form of Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour in 2007, and included "Love at First Sight" on the setlist.[55] In 2008, she performed the song on the KylieX2008 tour, which was launched to promote her tenth studio album X. It was performed as one of the encore songs for the final segment.[56] In 2009, she performed the song on the For You, for Me tour, which was her first concert tour in North America.[57] She performed the song as a mash-up with "Can't Beat the Feeling" during the Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour, which was launched to promote her eleventh studio album Aphrodite.[58] Minogue performed "Love at First Sight" as part of her seven-song set at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[59] The song was used as one of the encore songs for the final segment on her Kiss Me Once Tour and Kylie Summer 2015 Tour.

Other appearances

"Love at First Sight" has been included on several compilation albums released by Minogue. The song's first inclusion was Minogue's 2004 compilation, Ultimate Kylie, which appeared on the second disc. The Kid Crème remix appeared on Minogue's tenth remix album, Boombox (2008). The orchestral version was released on Minogue's thirteenth greatest hits, and first orchestral compilation, The Abbey Road Sessions (2012). "Love at First Sight" was included on Minogue's 2011 box set compilation, The Albums 2000–2010, which served on the Fever disc, her 2011 compilation album, Hits, and its most recent appearance was on her 2012 compilation, The Best of Kylie Minogue. The music video for "Love at First Sight" has been included on Minogue's 2004 video compilation, Ultimate Kylie, and the DVD versions of Hits and The Best of Kylie Minogue. The live versions for her Fever Tour, Showgirl: Homecoming Tour, For Me, For You Tour, Aphrodite World Tour, and her Kiss Me Once Tour appears on their respective live releases.

Credits and personnel

  • Lead vocals - Kylie Minogue
  • Background vocals - Richard Stannard
  • Writing - Kylie Minogue, Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Ash Howes
  • Producing - Richard "Biff" Stannard, Julian Gallagher
  • Recording and programming - Ash Howes, Alvin Sweeney, Martin Harrington
  • Mixing - Ash Howes at Biffco Studios
  • Keyboards - Ash Howes, Martin Harrington
  • Guitar - Martin Harrington
  • Photography - Nick Knight

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Charts

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