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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly hacky writing, but true spirit shines through. Jan. 2 2006
By Ben Culture - Published on Amazon.com
The lyrics on this album, written by Ricky and Marty Wilde, sometimes have the inevitable feeling of older men trying to approximate the feelings of a teenage girl. But then again -- and you really can't underestimate this -- they knew their stuff musically. And damn, the woman could sing. I can't give this the five stars of a purely perfect album, but it's an astonishingly good representation of the spirit of the early 80s.

There's no fault with the production, given the limitations of the era -- a bit brittle, perhaps. Guitars are well represented along with the typical synthezied bass and strings.

Even the true clunkers ("2-6-5-8-0"; "Young Heroes") are amusing and direct.

If you liked "Kids In America", there's several more tunes that are nearly as good. "Our Town" and "Everything We Know" feature themes of world-weariness, which is somehow perfect in young Kim's voice (I remember being sick of the world at 16 too, ha!) "You'll Never Be So Wrong" is simply amazing, full of musical and lyrical conflict (ending a bad relationship, is my understanding) -- and it's also the best singing on the album. "Tuning In Turning On" makes a great closer, a slow-burn groove with some cheeky dissonance (and an ADORABLE philosophical soliloquy over the fade.)

It's undoubtedly Ms. Wilde's voice that made her popular, but some may find these ten songs are the only ones worth having, as I do.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Kim Wilde" by Kim Wilde May 18 2006
By Mr. P. G. B. Stromeyer - Published on Amazon.com
Glorious early-1980s power-pop, suffused with just enough energy from the post-punk era to make this a lasting gem of those years. Driving drums, energetic guitars, shimmering keyboards and Ms Wilde's still unpolished but beautifully urgent voice of youth are fused together in a mercifully no-nonsense production package, its simplicity making it still sound surprisingly undated and fresh as the day 25 years ago (crikey!) when I first listened to it. It easily kicks her later glossy and overproduced material into touch and as a representative of sing-along ballads and big tunes it still stands the test of time. Not an all-time classic, but if you're unembarrassed about music and like it driven and urgent it's certainly worth risking your hard-earned for it. Cheers & take care!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "There's a New Wave Coming, I Warn Ya!" Dec 3 2012
By Kasey G - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In the very early '80s, New Wave shared alot of the same raw, frenetic spirit that the Punk movement demonstrated before MTV and groups like Duran Duran and A Flock of Seagulls homogonized the genre for mass-consumption. Thankfully, Kim Wilde's 1981 debut album that hit stores Stateside in 1982 still possesses that youthful punk rebelliousness. It has more in common with CBGB's-era Blondie than mid-80s MTV.

Kim's father Marty and brother Ricky were heavily-involved in the writing and production and it's obvious they wanted their little girl to come across in a favourable light--and boy, does she! This is a terrific debut album that perfectly serves as a time-capsule for music in 1982, yet remains varied throughout.

The Pogo-inducing "Chequered Love", "Young Heroes" and "Falling Out" are as energetic as they come, and it still baffles me how the anthematic-opener "Kids in America" failed to crack the Billboard Top 10 (it went #2 in the UK and Top 20 in Canada). But the rave doesn't stop there: "Water on Glass" is the album's catchiest number and New Wave-pop perfection; the reggae-tinged "Everything We Know" features an irressistibly moody vocal; "Our Town" takes a depressing tale of a dead-end life and makes it sound positively celebratory, and there's even a cheeky Ska-flavored comic tale about a personal-ads sex trade worker in "2-6-5-8-0".

While I was expecting the sound quality to be much better on this release (the new Kim Carnes reissues fare much better sonically), it's great to have this terrific debut album from Ms. Wilde upgraded nontheless.

Most will only know Kim from her 1987 chart-topping Supremes remake "You Keep Me Hangin' On" but IMO that's one of the weakest things she's done. To truly appreciate her, you need to start here.

Kids In America 5/5
Water on Glass 5/5
Our Town 4/5
Everything We Know 5/5
Young Heroes 5/5
Chequered Love 4/5
2-6-5-8-0 4/5
You'll Never Be So Wrong 5/5
Falling Out 4/5
Tuning Out, Tuning In 4/5
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2-for-1 Flashback! April 20 2006
By Big Tex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD actually contains Kim Wilde's first 2 albums: her 1981 self-titled debut and 1982's Select.

Track listing:

Kids in America

Chequered Love

Water on Glass

Everything We Know

Young Heroes

2-6-5-8-0

You'll Never be so Wrong

Falling Out

Tuning In Tuning On

Ego

View from a Bridge

Words Fell Down

Action City

Just a Feeling

Chaos at the Airport

Take Me Tonight

Can You Come Over

Wendy Said

Our Town

Cambodia (Reprise)

I had these two releases on vinyl and am glad to have them finally on CD. The first release was more pop-oriented while Select is a little darker. A nice flashback to my high school days!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars At Last! Kim Wilde's Best Album Now In MLPS Format! Jan. 14 2013
By Frederick Baptist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have to say that the French company that is coming up with these mini-lp replica sleeve designs (mlps) of older recordings is giving their more established competitors from Japan a right run for their money at least when it comes to mlps design and assembly. This release has been very well put together and ranks among the best mlps releases that I've ever seen. However, from a sound quality point of view the French do have some ways to go. This recording of what I believe to be Kim Wilde's best overall album in terms of the consistently good quality of all the tracks has been remastered and compressed so for those anti-loudness people out there you are not going to appreciate the increased volume at the expense of a greater dynamic range; in fact the compression is overdone resulting in muddiness in tracks like "Young Heroes" and the muddiness is especially evident in the last few tracks. If you are playing this in your car or on any other non-audiophile medium you are probably not going to notice this too much though and so audiophiles beware!

Otherwise, this is great punk rock ala The Go-Gos, Billy Idol, Blondie of the early 80s era. In fact, I only accidentally stumbled upon Kim Wilde when as was unfortunately so common in those days in Singapore when I was a teen the only access we had to pop music was through bootlegged copies as original cassettes were so hard to come by then. A few of the tracks on this album ended up as filler to complete my bootleg copy of The Go-Gos debut album and lo and behold I actually found myself liking the Kim Wilde "filler" more than most of the songs on The Go-Gos album! I think it is a shame that Kim Wilde remains so underrated as many of the tracks here are really very good representations of the 80s punk rock genre.

So here in this unique mlps release of her best album we have a mixed bag because while the mlps itself is well designed and there is no faulting the quality of the songs the sound quality with muddiness on too many tracks due to over-compression in order to increase the volume and hence reduce the dynamic range while acceptable to most ears will certainly not please the audiophiles among us. However if sound quality isn't too important to you then this is a great release to add to your sonic library collection.

(Mostly) recommended!

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