The Very Best of Kim Wildeby Kim Wilde
An expanded version of the Rak Very Best of Kim Wilde released in 1985, EMI's version adds on to her post-1984 best including her only American Top 40 hit, "You Keep Me Hangin On" (which reached Number One in 1987). Beginning with her chart debut, 1981's "Kids in America," Very Best of Kim Wilde compiles most but not all of her hits; "Say You Really Want Me" isn't found here, though "You Came" and "If I Can't Have You" are present. One fan favorite that did make the cut is "Cambodia," her odd, chilling attempt to record a dirge for Southeastern Asia.
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This is a great, mostly energetic album. It covers a wide range of sub-genres from new wave/synth-pop to pop-rock to rockabilly to dance-pop, hi-NRG and house. It's perfect for an '80s throwback party. I love everything about this CD, except, my only quip is that I wish it came with liner notes, since there are none and I'm one of those who like to read them (although I know Kim's other compilations might have them but still would've been nice if they were added here too). I'm not sure what my favorite songs on this are, but the stand-outs for me would include Another Step, Rage to Love, Water on Glass, Love Blonde, Kids in America, Chequered Love and View From a Bridge. I'm really more into the uptempo tunes of not only this album, but certain others in general as well. That's just how great it really is. If there are any of y'all out there who are new to Kim Wilde, give her a whirl to see (or rather hear) what real talent looks or sounds like. She truly is one of the best, don't sleep on her. If y'all are real fans of real, great music and can show your devoted appreciation for it, then she should not be missed. It's just such a great, fun album, not to mention catchy as well, ofcourse.