Close (album)

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Close
Studio album by Kim Wilde
Released 1 June 1988
Recorded 1987–1988
Genre Pop
Length 51:22
Label MCA Records
Producer Ricky Wilde, Tony Swain
Kim Wilde chronology
Another Step
(1986)
Close
(1988)
Love Moves
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Close is the sixth studio album by Kim Wilde, released in mid 1988.

Produced by Ricky Wilde and Tony Swain, Close was the final album on which Marty Wilde had co-writer credits. The album is widely perceived by fans and critics (and Kim herself) as Wilde's most well-balanced, with many kinds of pop represented: dance, ballad, rock and midtempo.

The album's lead single was "Hey Mister Heartache", featuring backing vocals from Junior Giscombe – but its success was dwarfed by the follow-up single, "You Came", which hit the Top 10 in many countries and just missed the US Top 40.

"Never Trust a Stranger" and "Four Letter Word" also reached the UK Top 10, although a fifth single "Love in the Natural Way" was less successful. Attention for the album was bolstered by Kim's support slot on Michael Jackson's European tour.

Close reached the Top 10 in the UK, almost all Scandinavian countries, Austria and Germany and went on to become Wilde's biggest selling album, being certified platinum in the UK and shifting more than 2 million units worldwide.

A 25th Anniversary of Close was released in the United Kingdom in September 2013.[2]

Critical response[edit]

Anne Lambert, noting the ups and downs of Wilde's career, concluded that Close was "proof that Kim will still be around when her rivals are fighting it out in the bargain bins." Despite expressing hope that the singer would "experiment and take some chances", the reviewer singled out both the "luscious ballad" "Four Letter Word" and the "brilliant funk" of "Hey Mister Heartache".[3] Smash Hits gave a mixed review, expressing dislike for the tracks "Four Letter Word" and "Lucky Guy" but again describing "Hey Mister Heartache" as "brilliant" and "Love in the Natural Way" as "steamy".[4] Caroline Sullivan of Melody Maker gave a mostly positive review but noted the similarities of the production to recent work by SAW and wrote "Many songs here could be Bananarama Wow! tracks with Kim's voice superimposed."[5] Q, while describing Wilde as an institution in British pop (along with Bananarama), wrote that "You Came" sounded "dated" and "like an out-take from Human League's Dare. However, praise was reserved for a "really special moment"; Wilde's faithful version of Todd Rundgren's "Lucky Guy".[6] "Writing for Sounds, Peter Kane compared the "pure pop" album unfavorably to the work of Pet Shop Boys and Belinda Carlisle, specifically citing "Four Letter Words" as "having been discarded by Sheena Easton while clearing her wardrobe of Crimplene jumpsuits."

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Hey Mister Heartache" (Kim Wilde, Steve Byrd)
  2. "You Came" (Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
  3. "Four Letter Word" (Marty Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
  4. "Love in the Natural Way" (Kim Wilde, Marty Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
  5. "Love's a No" (Kim Wilde, Marty Wilde, Ricky Wilde)

Side Two

  1. "Never Trust a Stranger" (Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
  2. "You'll Be the One Who'll Lose" (Kim Wilde, Marty Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
  3. "European Soul" (Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
  4. "Stone" (Kim Wilde, Marty Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
  5. "Lucky Guy" (Todd Rundgren)
  • Bonus track on cd: "Hey Mister Heartache" (12" version)

25th Anniversary Edition[edit]

  • Previously unreleased

Personnel[edit]

  • Kim Wilde
  • Ricky Wilde – guitar, keyboards, programming, background vocals
  • Steve Byrd – guitar
  • Tony Swain – keyboards, programming
  • Bias Boshell – keyboards on "Lucky Guy"
  • Junior Giscombe, Nicci Sun – background vocals

Certifications[edit]

Territory Certifier Certification Sales
France SNEP Gold 100,000
Germany BVMI Gold 250,000
Netherlands NVPI Gold 35,000
Switzerland IFPI Platinum 50,000
Sweden IFPI Gold 20,000
United Kingdom BPI Platinum 300,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ http://www.wowhd.co.uk/CD/kim-wilde-close-25th-anniversary-edition/dp/33250397#bc=4c03
  3. ^ Lambert, Anne. "Review – Close". Unknown. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Review – Close". Smash Hits. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Caroline. "Review – Close". Melody Maker. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Review – Close". Q. Retrieved 21 October 2012.