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.