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Kate Bush


Crossover Prog

3.93 | 319 ratings

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5 stars She made it into the archives!! It's about time, and as a life long fan, I'm delighted to see her here.

The Kick Inside is a superb debut album. The 18 year old singer songwriter was spotted by Floyds Dave Gilmour, and to this day her contribution to progressive popular music has been enormous and certainly unique. The debut lays down a few blueprints for the rest of her career, in terms of piano dominated ballads, the use of orchestra - or at least strings and the very personal lyrcis. But, in reality her music has changed a great deal over the years.

The album opens with 'Moving' After haunting whale song, Bush, accompanied by piano sings to the world for the first time. It's a great moment. 'Saxophone Song' 'Strange Phenomenon' and 'Kite' are all quirky Kate Bush classics which I dont feel have dated at all. This is one of her many strengths and arguably the mark of any great songwriter; the work ALWAYS sounds good, even many years after it was written and recorded. The album produced a few hit singles, 'Wuthering Heights' and 'The man with the child in his eyes' both packed with haunting melodies, and both introducing the world to a new type of female recording artist; a free thinking musician who had no or little interest in the conventions of making pop music, but at the same time perfected a sound that was accessable to so many. The Kick Inside was just the start, and for anyone thinking of discovering Kate Bush, then I would suggest that you start here.

Blacksword | 5/5 |


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