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Album Review

Come Out and Play is a bouncy, driving, boisterous record that blends power pop with modern techno touches in an obvious attempt to take on Lady Gaga's generation, and though it ultimately fails, it is an honorable defeat. Kim Wilde is omnivorous when it comes to musical styles, the way a good pop artist should be, but for the most part, the songs have the same template: beats going at just the right tempo to get the dancefloor moving, a simple synthesizer or guitar hook, background keyboard tinkling, verse-chorus schemes, Wilde singing out her simple lyrics (topics, somewhat unexpectedly, include not just love, but also stuff like self-actualization, treated the self-help book way), the general vibe of an energetic evening party (dimmed lights, sensuality in the air), and a good rock push to add some drive. Variety is a rare guest here, with only a couple of songs, including the brief closer, breaking the pace for something slower and pensive, and the relentlessly pounding tunes, while invigorating at first, begin to lose impact by the fifth or sixth rehash of the same (possibly earlier). But lack of diversity is no great problem for a dance-pop album, even one masquerading as rock; a bigger issue is that, despite all attempts to sound modern, Come Out and Play still feels old-school, veering to Blue System on the worst offenders, second-rate Roxette on the best cuts, and Cindy Lauper jamming with Whitesnake elsewhere. The outcome is no real contender for pop greats of 2010, but instead sounds surprisingly close to Japanese pop/rock with its abundant energy and love for tried and true musical recipes (think Nanase Aikawa and Anna Tsuchiya). It's hardly what Wilde had in mind, but, considering that J-pop was just in the process of taking over the Western world at the time of Come Out and Play's release, perhaps it still counts as a success.

Customer Reviews


Originally released in 2010 this Kim Wilde album seems Kim return to
Some more rocky vibes. I absolutely love this album. The album
Also includes some guest vocals from Nick Kershaw and Glen Gregory from H17

Favourite track from the album has to be the punchy My Wish Is Your Command. Seriously buy this album it's amazing

Best Kim Wilde album!!!

"Come Out And Play" is probably Kim Wilde's best album since "Close" in 1988 - something she has admitted herself. After taking a break from music to raise a family in the late 1990's Kim returned to the music scene with a full length album in 2006. "Never Say Never" reworked old hits and included a handful of new songs in a mix of pop/rock and dance.

In 2010 Kim announced an album of completely fresh material, her first since 1995's "Now And Forever". The lead single from the album "Lights Down Low" is an amazingly fresh song full of electro beats, synths and fuzzy guitar. Kims voice sounds youthful and sexy - if you liked "Never Trust A Stranger" you will love this.

Other singles from the album include "Real Life" - a passionate electro ballad with a thumping dance beat which should have been a big hit and "Get Out" which wouldn't sound out of place on 1981's "Kim Wilde".

Kim duets with Heaven 17's Glen Gregory on "Greatest Journey" which has an almost dreamlike atmosphere and passionate vocals from both and Nik Kershaw on "Love Conquers All". The former collaboration works better as "Love Conquers All" seems to lack excitement for me.

The album as a whole sounds cohesive with no fillers and just rocks throughout. There is something for everyone here; dance, rock, pop.

Vocally, Kim has never sounded better. Her voice seems to have improved with age - she always had a unique and delicious voice however she now has the strength and clarity she may have lacked in the 80s.

Best songs - Lights Down Low, Real Life, This Paranoia, My Wish Is Your Command
Not so keen - Jessica, Love Conquers All

I wish I

I bough this when it came out last year, paying a lot more as it was only available in Germany and I didn't think it was coming here. Oh well, I love it anyway, it is a great album, very rocky, lively and lots of fun. This album is full of energy and one of her best I think.


Born: 18 November 1960 in Chiswick, London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The daughter of '50s British pop singer Marty Wilde, Kim Wilde had several pop hits during the '80s. Initially, her synth-driven pop fit in with the new wave movement, but as the decade progressed, it became clear that her strength was mainstream pop. In 1980, Kim Wilde signed with producer Mickie Most's Rak Records, releasing her first single, "Kids in America," early in 1981. "Kids in America" climbed to number two on the British charts that spring, while her second single, "Chequered Love," made...
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