Golden is Kylie Minogue’s 14th studio album, and it’s the result of an intensive working trip to the home of country music, Nashville. The album is a vibrant hybrid, blending her familiar pop-dance sound with an unmistakeable Tennessee twang.

Kylie will, it’s scarcely believable, turn 50 this year. This looming milestone is partly behind the album’s title, and the title track.

“I had this line that I wanted to use: ‘We’re not young, we’re not old, we’re golden’ because I’m asked so often about being my age in this industry. This year, I’ll be 50. And I get it, I get the interest, but I don’t know how to answer it. And that line, for my personal satisfaction, says it as succinctly as possible. We can’t be anyone else, we can’t be younger or older than we are, we can only be ourselves. We’re golden,” she explains. “And the album title, Golden, reflects all of this. I liked the idea of everyone being golden, shining in their own way. The sun shines in daylight, the moon shines in darkness. Wherever we are in life, we are still golden.”

One of the album’s shiniest moments is Raining Glitter, an exuberant banger which ventures closest to her traditional dance-pop comfort zone. But when you listen to Golden, you’ll be able to vividly hear the Nashville in it. Kylie admits it’s the first time that one of her albums has sounded like the place it was made.

Her incredibly loyal fans – to whom one Golden song, Sincerely Yours, is intended as “a love letter” – will, she believes, have no problem with her latest stylistic shift. And Kylie is looking forward to the challenge of incorporating the Golden material into her live shows.

“Mixing these songs in with my existing catalogue is going to be fun. And it could be fun to do some of those songs with just a guitar. It’ll make my acoustic set interesting,” she says. “My audience have been with me on the journey, so I shouldn’t be afraid that they won’t come with me on this part. I’ve had fun with it, and I’m sure they will too.”