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Kim Wilde [Kim Wilde]


  • 1. Kids In America
    2. Water On Glass
    3. Our Town
    4. Everything We Know
    5. Young Heroes
    6. Chequered Love
    7. 2-6-5-8-0
    8. You'll Never Be So Wrong
    9. Falling Out
    10. Tuning In Tuning On
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 30032

  • Credits
    ProducerRicky Wilde
    EngineerStephen Stuart

    There's no doubt many heard Kim Wilde searching for the beat on "Kids in America," but know now that she finds it -- thus, the rest of this sterling debut comes dangerously close in quality to that killer kickoff. The second cut, "Water on Glass," follows the sound from the wild streets to Wilde's brain, maintaining a high level of exuberant class. Weird staccato runs down the streets of "Our Town," while "Everything We Know" chills into an icy groove. Wilde only wants to be free in "Young Heroes," and by side two's single, "Chequered Love," she gives permission to touch her and do anything (surprising, considering her pro-pop dad and brother wrote the whole LP). Hard guitars and xylophones get physical, until horns and ska skip into "2-6-5-8-0"; by this point in the record, Wilde can pull off anything she wants, and ends up sounding like a No Doubt B-side. "You'll Never Be So Wrong" mellows the turgid tempo but not the precise passion, and she just plain gets upset in "Falling Out." From the womb to the end of "Tuning in Turning On," Kim Wilde is one excellent inaugural, one excellent chapter in the evolution of hi-NRG, and one excellent slab everyone should own. ~ Doug Stone

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (Magazine) (p.139) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[S]uch was the songs' strength and the Wildes' crafty refusal to kowtow to '80s production techniques that it's weathered the years impressively."
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