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Kim Wilde


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"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
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!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"There's a New Wave Coming, I Warn Ya!" Dec 3 2012
By Kasey G - Published on Amazon.com
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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
Three songs and out Feb. 9 2009
By Phil (San Diego) - Published on Amazon.com
Bottom line on this album - download three songs, the rest is marginal filler that never harms the album but isn't particularly memorable either.

When I think of albums that haven't worn well over time, this is one of them. I've always loved bubblegum music but some bubblegum is good for a longer chew than others. Anthems about being twelve years old generally don't wear well as the artist (and the audience) grows up. Just as it would be kind of creepy to hear Donny Osmond sing "Too Young" or "Young Love" now, there would just be something out of sync about Kim Wilde as a jiggly sixty-something in a yellow jumpsuit still working "Kids In America" on some oldies revue.

"Kids In America" is littered across almost every 80s bubblegum compilation you'll find, I can't imagine a person owning a couple 80s hits CDs and not having that song and "I Want Candy" twice over. If you like the big hit from this album, the next track to download would be "Water On Glass". A catchy pop single, by all rights it should have been a top forty followup hit in the US. If that suits your musical taste buds, "Chequered Love" would be the next one to try.

You may have noticed that this appends a couple of bonus tracks that weren't on the original ten song US release. If you're sufficiently sentimental about reliving the era, most or all of this album - apart from the bonus tracks - is included on a couple of compilations. The only reason to buy the songs in this configuration would be that you'd rather have the cover art than another entire album's worth of music.

And finally..."East California"? What is that, Barstow, Brawley, Baker and Boron? Such a line could only be written by one of two people - either someone who doesn't live here, or someone who is trying to promote tourism for the World's Tallest Thermometer. Send me a post card from the Bun Boy when you get there.

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