Date: 1 November 1981
Originally published in: Hifi (Italy)
Daughter of art – her father Marty Wilde was a good pop star in the 50s – Kim Wilde and on her debut album, the logical sequel to two singles of moderate success. Very young and attractive, twenty-two years old, very blond hair, blue eyes, Kim has a very crystalline voice, persuasive and full of sex appeal, a voice that sometimes reminds Debbie Harry of the beginning, sometimes Pat Benatar in the calmest moments.
Probably, we are facing the English Blondie, or rather a rather anonymous band (a trio in our case), with a leading figure, Kim, capable of catalyzing with his image the attention of critics and fans. It should be noted, however, that I pay a decidedly captivating image, Kim combines a very fresh and convincing sound, a sort of Sixtie influences, power-pop and easy rock of great class.
The album strikes at first sight, no doubt about it; Water on glass with the American riff like Nikki & the Corvettes or the stretched Blondie, the funky Benatar style of Everything we know, or the sixties-power-pop of Young heroes and Kids in America are an example of lucidity, determination and ability. Even the mighty riffs of Chequered love, Falling out and Tuning in tuning on say that Kim Wilde is more than a promise and the future is assured.