Kim Wilde had a few UK pop hits in the eighties and I knew she had a good voice, but all those synthesizers didn't always do her music justice. Now she has a cleaner sound and is free to express herself through her music as she wishes.
This album contains four festive standards in their entirety (Winter wonderland, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let it snow, Rockin' around the Christmas tree), the first and last of these being duets. Additionally, Burn gold (an original song) morphs into Silent night.
Winter song (a cover of a Sara Bareilles song) and White winter hymnal (featuring her father, Marty Wilde) are the only original songs here that Kim didn't write or co-write. Of the six songs that Kim wrote or co-wrote, it's hard to pick a favorite because they are all so good, but based on early impressions, I particularly like Hope, Song for Beryl and Hey Mister Snowman, though the others are not far behind. I'd love to think that one of the six songs could end up becoming a Christmas standard, but only time will tell.
While I liked Kim's eighties music, Kim has far exceeded expectations with this Christmas album. Amazing stuff.