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LIONHEART

Kate Bush

 

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3.31 | 155 ratings

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Finnforest
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4 stars "She's waiting in that warm room..."

Ahh, Kate. I agree with my fellow reviewers that the magic of Kick Inside was not as prevelent here on Lionheart. Nevertheless...

Things start out fabulously with "Symphony in Blue" which is the best track on the album. Other good tracks include Peter Pan, Fullhouse, Lionheart, Hammer Horror, but some of the others are just not of the level of her previous work. Though as another reviewer pointed out, even the slightly less-great Kate Bush is better than many of her contemporaries. This album has the same warm, plush rug in front of a crackling fire 70s sound that many of us miss. Try to get one of the newer remasters for the best sound on the first two or three albums.

Don't get me wrong. Lionheart is great, and though Dreaming and Hounds are perhaps more mature musical works, the first two Kate albums are dearest to my heart because of their innocent optimism, their passion, and their freshness which comes from the power of Kate's youth and youth in general. Hounds is better critically speaking, but were I leaving for the desert island tomorrow and could take only 2 Kate discs, I'd probably take the first 2. The first two have a very special intimacy between Kate and the listener that would gradually decrease over time as her work became more complex. So I guess for me it means that better isn't always preferable! Strange, eh?

Kate Bush is a genius who has not been given proper credit for her substantial artistic contributions to prog, pop, video, or dance. Hopefully that will change over time.

Finnforest | 4/5 |

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