So as you know there is a Kylie duet on the Hurts album. It's the song 'Devotion'.
There is a version without Kylie in it, and a version with Kylie in it. The version with Kylie in it is about three times as good as the version without Kylie in it, in much the same way that human existence would itself be three times less bearable without the promise of a Kylie album and 'scent' every two or three years.
Anyway here's how the two versions of 'Devotion' differ.
|No Kylie Version||Kylie Version|
|Plinky piano with what sounds like an accordion but might not be, beat comes in (at the rate of approximately 79 per minute), general intro business||No Kylie||No Kylie|
|First verse — "inside the heart of every man there is a lust" etc etc||No Kylie||No Kylie|
|Bridge — "here's hoping you'll help me to be brave"||No Kylie||No Kylie|
|Chorus — "devotion save me now, I don't want to stray from the hallowed ground, I'll turn tempation down, I'm asking you to take me, to safety"||bb||No Kylie||No Kylie|
|Quiet bit in which a certain Australian pop warbler could walk out onto stage in order to sing second verse||No Kylie||No Kylie|
|Second verse — "forgive my thoughts when I'm asleep, forgive these words I'm yet to speak" and so on||No Kylie||KYLIE|
|Bridge — "here's hoping you'll help me to resist"||No Kylie||KYLIE|
|Second chorus — same as first but a bit more epic||No Kylie||KYLIE|
|Middle eight — "devotion, devotion, I'm a slave to the mercy of your love, for so long I've been so wrong" then big moody orchestral bit||No Kylie||No Kylie|
|Extravagant outro where you expect there to be a final chorus but there isn't||No Kylie||KYLIE|
In terms of vocal style think along the lines of 'Confide In Me' — this is a fantastic vocal performance which captures something that's not quite there in 'Aphrodite' and the bits where Kylie's whispering "devotion" and wailing "save me" while it's all kicking off in the song's final moments are really quite special.
The rest of the Hurts album is brilliant as well obviously but it doesn't have Kylie in it.