Like many other remastered new releases, this one also suffers severely from the Loudness War and what a pitty.
Comparing this release with the rare and original CD release from 1989 (Fame EMI CD-FA 3214, CDM 7 90994 2) it's clear that Cherry Pop did an awful job.
If you rip the Cherry Pop CD uncompressed with EAC and open the uncompressed wav-file in Audacity, it's possible to see with your own eyes that it's a disaster.
The original release fits nicely within the 16-bit 96 dB dynamic room. All the spikes have headroom.
Looking at the Cherry Pop release though, average sound level have generally undergone a boost and the spikes have been lowered. All in all a much LOUDER release, but without the dynamics contained in the mastertapes. Such a shame.
It's like seeing a birthdaycake squeezed through a pipe. Well, it's still birthdaycake allright, but.....
In my humble opinion, all Cherry Pop releases of Kim Wilde should be avoided at any time.
They all suffer from this unprofessional soundengineering attitude toward music, called The Loudness War.
They THINK they please the market, because no customer can tell the difference, they say. But customers don't have the original releases, so of course they can't make any comparisons.
One star given, because zero wasn't an option. Daddy is VERY disappointed !