Love Is (Kim Wilde album)

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Love Is
Studio album by Kim Wilde
Released 18 May 1992
Recorded 1991
Genre Pop
Label MCA
Producer Rick Nowels, Ricky Wilde
Kim Wilde chronology
Love Moves
(1990)
Love Is
(1992)
The Singles Collection 1981-1993
(1993)

Love Is is the eighth studio album by Kim Wilde, released in spring 1992.

Kim Wilde found herself working with Rick Nowels on this album, the same songwriter who had written for Belinda Carlisle and later for Madonna amongst others. Three of the eleven tracks were produced by him while the remaining eight were produced by Ricky Wilde.

The majority of the tracks on this album were co-written by Kim. She'd taken a long hard look at herself, resulting in the song "Who Do You Think You Are?", in which she reflects on how she had behaved through the years in her career. There were more love songs on this album; titles such as "Touched By Your Magic" and "Heart Over Mind" are an indication of the themes of the lyrics.

Nowels provided "Love Is Holy", a song that immediately struck a chord with Kim when she heard it in his studio in America. It became the first single release, giving Kim her first UK Top 20 hit in nearly four years. Although the following two singles fell short of equalling its success, the project as a whole was well received by critics, who noted the Carlisle connection in some tracks. The rest of the album, however, was more consistent with the Wilde sound: guitar riffs over synths. Overall, the sound is more introspective and organic than the commercial pop of Love Moves, and especially haunting was the closing track, "Too Late", in which the loss of love is described in mournful tones.

Critical response[edit]

Tim Marsh of Q described "Love Is Holy" as "by far the strongest here" and was positive about mid-tempo tracks such as "Touched by Your Magic" in which Wilde demonstrates the range of her voice.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love Is Holy"
  2. "Who Do You Think You Are?"
  3. "I Believe in You"
  4. "Touched by Your Magic"
  5. "I Won't Change the Way That I Feel"
  6. "Million Miles Away"
  7. "The Light of the Moon (Belongs to Me)"
  8. "Heart Over Mind"
  9. "A Miracle's Coming"
  10. "Try Again"
  11. "Too Late"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marsh, Tim. "Review - Love Is". Q. Retrieved 2012-10-21.