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Kim Wilde 11/5/2013

Review

Kim Wilde's sixth album is the first since the commercially viable but artistically weak artistic makeover that began with 1984's Teases and Dares to approach the quality of her first three albums. For the first time in three albums, Wilde sounds as if she's comfortable with the music she's making; that this music is clearly inspired by the chart success of the Stock-Aitken-Waterman production team, then having enormous hits with Bananarama, Kylie Minogue and others, might seems a little calculated, but it must be said: Stock, Aitken & Waterman had huge hits because they made unapologetically catchy, uncomplicated pop singles, and that's never a bad thing. Toning down the Hi-NRG disco sound of her two previous albums, Wilde moves into a dance-pop style that suits both the songs and her voice better. The production is handled by Ricky Wilde and Tony Swain (who had co-produced Bananarama's early records), and although it's still slick, the album isn't nearly as antiseptic as Another Step or Teases and Dares. The singles "You Came" and "Hey Mr. Heartache" are much improved (both were U.K. hits, although the album didn't generate much heat in the U.S.) over Wilde's recent chart efforts, and album tracks like "Four-Letter Word" and "European Soul" sound like the singer's having fun for the first time in a while. ~ Stewart Mason
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Hey Mister Heartache Kim Wilde 4:36
  3. 2 You Came Kim Wilde 4:33
  4. 3 Four Letter Word Kim Wilde 4:0
  5. 4 Love In the Natural Way Kim Wilde 4:17
  6. 5 Love's a No Kim Wilde 4:16
  7. 6 Never Trust a Stranger Kim Wilde 4:4
  8. 7 You'll Be the One Who'll Lose Kim Wilde 4:27
  9. 8 European Soul Kim Wilde 5:18
  10. 9 Stone Kim Wilde 4:37
  11. 10 Lucky Guy Kim Wilde 2:39
  12. 11 Tell Me Where You Are Kim Wilde 3:9
  13. 12 Wotcha Gonna Do Kim Wilde 4:1
  14. 13 She Hasn't Got Time For You '88 Kim Wilde 4:34
  15. 14 Hey Mister Heartache [Single Version] Kim Wilde 3:49
  16. 15 You Came [Single Version] Kim Wilde 3:27
  17. 16 Never Trust a Stranger [Single Version] Kim Wilde 4:5
  18. 17 Love In the Natural Way [Video Edit] Kim Wilde 3:46
  19. 18 You Came [Shep Pettibone US Radio Edit] Kim Wilde 4:11
  20. 1 Hey Mister Heartache [12" Version] Kim Wilde 8:5
  21. 2 Hey Mister Heartache [Kilowatt Remix] Kim Wilde 6:2
  22. 3 Hey Mister Heartache [Bonus Beats] Kim Wilde 4:37
  23. 4 Hey Mister Heartache [Acapella With Percussion] Kim Wilde 4:39
  24. 5 You Came [12" Version] Kim Wilde 6:41
  25. 6 You Came [Shep Pettibone 12" Mix] Kim Wilde 7:31
  26. 7 You Came [Dub Version #1] Kim Wilde 4:51
  27. 8 You Came [Dub Version #2] Kim Wilde 4:44
  28. 9 Never Trust a Stranger [12" Version] Kim Wilde 5:56
  29. 10 Never Trust a Stranger [Sanjazz Mix] Kim Wilde 5:45
  30. 11 Four Letter Word [Extended Version] Kim Wilde 5:48
  31. 12 Four Letter Word [Late Night Mix] Kim Wilde 3:52
  32. 13 Love In the Natural Way [Extended Version] Kim Wilde 5:56

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