Category: Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde – The Essential Kim Wilde

ARTIST: Kim Wilde          1280x1280

TITLE:  Essential Kim Wilde

YEAR RELEASED: Compilation


SINGLES: Top 40: Kids in America (#25 US, #2 UK), Chequered Love (#4 UK), Water on Glass (#11 UK), Cambodia (#12 UK), View from a Bridge (#16 UK), Love Blonde (#23 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: On in Europe or Australia

LINEUP: Kim Wylde, Ricky Wild, and others

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Hits collection focusing on her first three albums.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I know, I know, I reviewed her first album in full, but then I decided there’s no real use for all of her separate records since the hits were the thing. kwessential

The disappointing aspect of that is that when she moved to MCA from EMI, there’s not a comprehensive hits collection streaming, nor a hits collection from her MCA stuff, so I’m kinda stuck there.

At any rate, Kim Wilde’s voice is kinda…there. For the most part these have some exciting dance sounds even with her seemingly disinterested vocals. And somehow she got a hit from a song called “Cambodia”

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Almost every song was written by her father Marty and brother Ricky.


GRADE: C+: I exilded a few, and, well, most everything is fair and indistinguishable from one another (except for “Kids in America” and maybe “Love Blonde” but that’s not a complement on the latter, really.)

Kim Wilde – Kim Wilde

ARTIST: Kim Wilde
TITLE: Kim Wilde
YEAR RELEASED: 1981220px-Kim_Wilde_eponymous
SINGLES: Kids In America (#25 US, #2 UK), Chequered Love (#4 UK), Water on Glass (#11 UK)
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.