Date: 14 September 2006
Originally published in: Wiesbadener Kurier (Germany)
Kim Wilde is back with her tenth studio album.
Many laughed, when in 2003 “Anywhere, anyplace, anytime” was released: Kim Wilde had dressed up in leather one more time to re-record Nena’s classic “Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann” once again. It became a success – and a big one. Now Britain’s most successful female singer of the eighties is back with her tenth studio album, 45 years old and 25 years after first hit “Kids in America”. That one is included in a new version together with Charlotte Hatherley, and Nena is also back in a cover version of “You keep me hangin’ on”, Kim Wilde’s only number one hit in the USA. Six titles on the album are old songs – eight new ones are added.
Is it obligatory material? No, not really – but everything is possible. The remakes are freed from the worst eighties sins, and the originals – whether they are ballads or uptempo – are all arranged around the inimitable voice of Kim Wilde. It will be difficult for her to find new fans, the old ones will become inspired.