ARTIST: Kim Wilde
TITLE: Kim Wilde
YEAR RELEASED: 1981
CHART ACTION: #86 US, #3 UK
SINGLES: Kids In America (#25 US, #2 UK), Chequered Love (#4 UK), Water on Glass (#11 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nope
LINEUP: Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde, a band called The Enid, and other sessioneers.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Daughter of a pioneering English rock and roller makes a very Euro New Wave album with songs all written by her dad and brother. Whoa-hoa!
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It’s dated – and that’s an understatement. This is all post-disco new wave synthesizer music, with a couple of reggae / ska numbers thrown in and a rocker for good measure. Just covering all of the 80’s bases I guess!
Wilde’s hits (in both the US and UK) are the highlights, though a couple of other songs have some moments. The filler is obvious and she should never sing reggae. I came in here not expecting much and it delivered right to my expectations, though it’s not outright bad. Mission accomplished?
NOTES & MINUTAE: She’s regarded as a one-or-two hit wonder in the US but in the UK and Europe she was a consistent hitmaker for several years – even hitting #3 in Belgium in 2001 with “Loved”.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. A couple of B-sides which don’t do anything much.
GRADE: C+ : It really could have been worse, you know. I exiled the really awful cuts.