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Catch as Catch Can [Kim Wilde]

  • 1. Hosue of Salome
    2. Back Street Joe
    3. Stay Awhile
    4. Love Blonde
    5. Dream Sequence
    6. Dancing in the Dark
    7. Shoot to Disable
    8. Can You Hear It
    9. Sparks
    10. Sing It out for Love
    11. Love Blonde
    12. Back Street Driver
    13. Love Blonde
    14. Dancing in the Dark [Nile Rodgers Re-Mix]
    15. Dancing in the Dark
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CRPOP 22

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Steve Thorpe.
    Kim Wilde's third album was never released in the U.S. -- EMI America had dropped the singer after 1982's career high point, Select, didn't spawn any hits -- which is a shame since this admittedly uneven album is a key transition point in her career. Catch as Catch Can is probably Wilde's most experimental album, a continuation of the dark-hued synth rock feel of Select with hints of the more commercial dance-pop sound that would characterize the rest of her career. Certainly the first single, the gimmicky, campy strut "Love Blonde," is the oddest single of Wilde's career. Elsewhere, the genuinely beautiful ballad "Can You Hear It" (probably the prettiest song Wilde ever recorded), "Sparks," and the quirky "Dream Sequence" have an atmospheric, nearly psychedelic tinge, thanks to hazy backing vocals and diffused, dreamy arrangements. However, other songs like the opening "House of Salome" and the stuttering "Back Street Joe" point toward the purely electronic Hi-NRG disco sound that would characterize 1984's Teases & Dares, and indeed pretty much every Kim Wilde release thereafter. ~ Stewart Mason

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