The 25th anniversary re-issue of Close was a welcome reminder of my 80s pop roots, as much as it was an unwelcome reminder that 25 years had passed since I bought it on vinyl the first time round at the tail end of my primary school days.
I've dabbled in Kim's work over the years and indulged in a Greatest Hits collection since then, but it was Close that for me represents her finest work - and it was far from the start of her career. The set list hangs together perfectly and produced rich pickings for singles, though arguably most tracks on the album could have been put out as a seven-inch. Hey Mr Heartache sounds a little tame these days when memory told me it was a bit more experimental in its day, but it's good to hear it again. You Came remains a great song, as does Four Letter Word, but it was always Never Trust a Stranger that did it for me. One of the most perfect pop records ever made, it's nice to have the extended version included here on a set so far expanded that it more than doubles the track listing.
Some of the extended mixes are little too similar to warrant inclusion but you get the impression that a lot of thought went into this package and that fans of Kim, and good old fashioned 80s pop in general will love it.
If you remember the singles charts of 1988 in all their glory, or the school discos, buy this re-issue and take a trip down memory lane. Definitely one to bring a smile to your face.