Review – Here Come The Aliens

Having gradually adapted to the idea that ’80s pop princess Kim Wilde is now a somewhat matronly celebrity gardening expert, it’s something of a shock to hear her sounding so good on this album, produced as ever by her brother Ricky. Not only is her voice still in good form, but Ricky’s aggressive electronic rock backing tracks are convincingly powerful. There’s a definite air of retro about it all, but the performances are infectiously lively and the nuances of production and arrangement hold the attention throughout. The big piano ballad, ‘Solstice’, is a tad cloying, yet it’s as good as any Abba anthem and might even put her back on the charts.