In an legendary career that has now spanned no less than 7 decades, it's hard to believe that Tina Turner only has 10 solo studio albums to her name. Even then the first 4 are long forgotten by the general public and for the die hards only. The lack of more full length material from Tina is of course down to deciding to largely retire from public life and recording back in 2000 and bar a few cuts on compilations here and there, she's kept to her word. For a period of 16 years though beginning with her unexpected comeback with the Private Dancer era and it's singles, Tina would go on to release 6 studio albums and one of the biggest selling Greatest Hits albums of all time in the UK, Simply The Best (1991). All of these works would showcase Tina Turner at her best and provide some of the greatest music moments in history. Wildest Dreams, may just though the most underappreciated record of them all though. Originally released in Europe in April 1996 (a US release would follow later on that year with different artwork too), it was her first new material in 3 years and arguably Tina's first proper studio album for almost 7 since Foreign Affair (1989), as her last release What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993), was more a of a soundtrack for the hugely successful biopic of the same name with re recorded past Ike and Tina Turner classics. two songs of Private Dancer and 4 brand new songs. As a result, it was greatly anticipated by Tina fans worldwide. However, by the mid 1990's, the music landscape was changing. It was now an era that saw the airwaves largely dominated by Brit Pop, Indie, Boybands, Girl Groups and Hip Hop. None of which were Tina Turner. More over, radio stations (if not no where near as notable then as now) simply were not rushing to play new music by a woman approaching her 57th birthday. This was more notable in North America especially, and something that had seen fellow legends of the same age and era Cher and Diana Ross struggle with their own two most recent (and excellent) albums from 1995, It's A Man's World and Take Me Higher respectively. With the acceptation of Jame Bond theme Goldeneye which became a top 10 hit through much of Europe (and was essentially an add on to the album), the singles from Wildest Dreams, struggle on both airplay and chart placements, with all 5 proper singles becoming top 40 hits in the UK but not having much lasting power-something that bar a few here and there, had not really been a problem with her 80s and early 90's material. The chart placements of all the Wildest Dreams singles though, do and should not take away from the sheer quality of the singles nor indeed as the album as package for itself. A solid 12 track listen, this album saw some of the top songwriters and producers come on board to create an Tina Turner record that was right for the mid 1990's, but without losing what made her well, Tina. Alongside of course Bono and Edge from U2 who were behind Goldeneye, you had the likes of Sting, Sheryl Crow, Trevor Horn, Taylor Dayne alongside old faithfuls Terry Britten, Graham Lyle, Mike Chapman and Holy Knight. Perhaps the best track on the album for me, would be Confidential, produced to perfection by none other than the Pet Shop Boys, a song that excellently captures the magic of past Diva PSB magic for Dusty and Liza, and a real should have been a single moment. Although it was not a blockbuster in the singles chart, Wildest Dreams at least did the job on the album charts in Europe. In the UK for instance, it made it to the top 5 at #4 and go eventually double platinum. In her native US however, it would struggle just as much as the two recent Cher and Diana albums, stalling at just #61 on the Hot 200. It would be another 3 years following Wildest Dreams the world got what would it the final studio album from Tina Turner, Twenty Four Seven (1999), and whilst an album it has it's moments, it's not an fitting finale for one of the greatest music legends of all time to bow out on. As spring 2021 sees Tina back in the limelight once more for her Tina documentary and for what looks like the final goodbye once and for all, let's enjoy and re visit Wildest Dreams once more. It may not contain a What's Love Got To Do With It? or a The Best, but the album makes for an enjoyable and for me frequent listening. Of which is the greatest gift any album can offer.