Review – The Collection

The most successful British female artist of the 80s and Channel 4’s No. 2 ‘pop princess’, the latterday garden designer has much to offer, as this 18-track compilation demonstrates.
As well as the catchy US chart-topper, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, there were self-penned goodies such as “Another Step”, the rockabilly “Rage To Love” and a serotonin-boosting “You Came”. Add to that a rocking “Never Trust A Stranger” (guitarist Steve Byrd didn’t play with Gillan for nothing), the perkiness of “It’s here” and a dance pearl in “If I Can’t Have You”, and you’re on to a winner.
Granted, “Love is Holy” is a bit too Belinda Carlisle and the last two cuts (“Breakin’ Away” and “This I swear”) marked the decline of Kim’s pop-rock sensibilities. There are numerous superb album tracks that would’ve made for a stronger collection. But there’s enough here to please those with a passion or merely a passing interest.