Date: 1 October 1986
Originally published in: [unknown] (France)
Kim Wilde is in love. No kidding, great love. It was her brother Ricki who brought Prince Charming while she was in the studio for this album. “I present to you an American friend, Fairlight III, descended from a family of American musicians. From now on, between him and me, it’s life to death.”
So Kim got used to it and, although finding it somewhat mechanical, fell in love with the beast. The trio began to build the album: twelve tracks of which only two, produced by American extras, were boxed without the help of the invading lover. Fairlight on soulful titles like Stevie Wonder (“Say You Really Want Me”), Fairlight on the beautiful anti-racist ode entitled “Missing”, Fairlight still on the hit, “Schoolgirl” … Fairlight everywhere, Fairlight coming almost to erase what this album has more compared to the previous ones: an identity, feelings, something other than the systematic search for the radio hit as before. Here, we are finally interested in the texts, the most beautiful being from Kim herself. Here, we do not beat all the titles on two measures and, if the A side remains conventional, the B gives way to a full panel of music that the little English girl wanted to rub shoulders with. That’s it, Kim is an artist who can manage her career and succeeds quite well. The latest news is that her brother couldn’t hide from her any longer that the Fairlight was a machine, so she fired him. Unfortunately a little too late, after the ravages it causes on this first ripe album of an artist who is far too badly considered.