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Kate Bush


Crossover Prog

3.94 | 321 ratings

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4 stars There probably isn't a universal definition for the word 'beauty', but Kate Bush managed to explain what it means to me in around 40 minutes of pure and gorgeous music.

At the heart of each song sits a sensuous and clever piano ballad, fleshed out by an impressive list of professional musicians, lending a proggy feel to the material. Luckily they abstain from unnecessary soloing or any other form of obtrusive playing. Regardless whether Kate sits alone at the piano or is backed up by the entire band, this album maintains a uniquely romantic and dreamy mood throughout. Even when they let in a little punky breeze as on James and the Cold Gun, it remains entirely cute and charming.

The number of highpoints is endless, to name just a few, the opening duo Moving/Saxaphone Song is superb, if those can't convince you of the vocal qualities and song writing skills of this lady then nothing will. The band really shines here as well, adding just the right doze of progginess to it, very subtle. Another favourite would be The Man With The Child In His Eyes.

Kate Bush would create one other album with a similar feel and would then gradually evolve and diversify her music, with another number of great accomplishments as a result. But never did she conjure up the unique ambience and disarming purity of her debut. Nothing less then essential in every household, prog or otherwise.

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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