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KATE BUSH

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Catherine "Kate" Bush - Born July 30th, 1958 (Bexleyheath, Kent, England)

A demo of Kate Bush reached David Gilmour in 1975. Being impressed by her true original talent, the PINK FLOYD guitar player financed her fist proper recording session before introducing the result to EMI. In 1978 her debut album was issued but two songs were written years before that. "The Kick inside" must have been one of the most passionate albums ever written. In 1978 Bush' talents were an amazing revelation : a rare talent for melody and poetic imagery but especially the sound of her voice was something which was never heard before at the time. On the debut album her innocent sounding voice is in full helium mode and reaches ear ear-splitting frequencies. The songs are piano driven but the colourful arrangements are unmistakable in the vein of progressive rock. Similarities can be found in the sound of Gerry Rafferty at the time or the first albums from The ALAN PARSONS PROJECT. No wonder the full TAPP-line-up was in charge as the backing band on this record. Unlike the aforementioned bands, Bush's music is very feminine and reveals more light & playful pop & rock tunes. The hits "Wuthering heights" and "The man with the child in his eyes" introduced her to a large pop audience. Within months following the release of her debut album, she was already recording a successor album. Even though "Lionheart" contained another hit single, the compositions were less sparkling. On "Never for ever" her sound is enriched with traditional folk influences provided by more session musicians. Moving further away from the standard pop format, Bush challenged her audience with more experimentation with a most refreshing result. This album gave her the confidence to take full control of her music. She co-produced her next album "The Dreaming" on which she explored the fairytale weirdness even more. With it's haunting rhythm's this album could be described as manic and fearsome, one of Bush' strangest efforts. On the musical side her sound got innovated by the use of computer and fairlight, also the influence of an artist like Peter Gabriel was heavy felt. In 1985 Bush released her magnum opus and most successful album to date. "Hounds of love" is divided in a pop side and a progressive side. On the pop side it seemed the controversial influences from the previous album were incorporated in accessible pop songs. The epic side consists of one fascinating suite : "The ninth wave", di...
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KATE BUSH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.95 | 316 ratings
The Kick Inside
1978
3.34 | 220 ratings
Lionheart
1978
3.97 | 280 ratings
Never For Ever
1980
4.14 | 299 ratings
The Dreaming
1982
4.15 | 432 ratings
Hounds Of Love
1985
3.52 | 199 ratings
The Sensual World
1989
2.72 | 154 ratings
The Red Shoes
1993
3.81 | 249 ratings
Aerial
2005
2.85 | 83 ratings
Director's Cut
2011
3.80 | 155 ratings
50 Words For Snow
2011

KATE BUSH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.17 | 37 ratings
Live At The Hammersmith Odeon
1994
4.00 | 2 ratings
1979 Television Special
2014
4.12 | 26 ratings
Before The Dawn
2016

KATE BUSH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.28 | 20 ratings
Live At The Hammersmith Odeon (Video)
1981
3.52 | 10 ratings
The Single File (VHS)
1983
4.06 | 17 ratings
The Whole Story VHS
1986
2.37 | 8 ratings
The Sensual World, The Videos (VHS)
1990
3.04 | 8 ratings
The Line, The Cross & The Curve (VHS)
1993
2.92 | 7 ratings
Hounds of Love: A Classic Album Under Review
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Only Girl in the World
2013
2.95 | 4 ratings
1979 Television Special
2014

KATE BUSH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
The Single File 1978 - 1983
1984
3.55 | 67 ratings
The Whole Story
1986
3.75 | 25 ratings
This Woman's Work
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Moments of Pleasure - The Best Works 1978 - 1993
1993
4.67 | 3 ratings
The Other Sides
2019

KATE BUSH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.09 | 4 ratings
The Man With The Child In His Eyes
1978
4.50 | 2 ratings
Wow / Fullhouse
1978
4.67 | 3 ratings
Hammer Horror / Coffee Homeground
1978
4.00 | 4 ratings
Wuthering Heights
1978
2.66 | 13 ratings
On Stage
1979
4.00 | 2 ratings
Babooshka / Ran Tan Waltz
1980
4.95 | 3 ratings
Breathing / The Empty Bullring
1980
5.00 | 1 ratings
Army Dreamers
1980
4.00 | 4 ratings
December Will Be Magic Again
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sat in Your Lap
1981
4.00 | 3 ratings
There Goes a Tenner
1982
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Dreaming
1982
3.33 | 3 ratings
Suspended in Gaffa
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Kate Bush
1983
4.05 | 3 ratings
Night of the Swallow
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ne T'enfuis Pas
1983
4.91 | 4 ratings
Running Up That Hill
1985
3.75 | 4 ratings
Cloudbusting
1985
3.83 | 10 ratings
Experiment IV
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Man With The Child In His Eyes / Sat In Your Lap
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Big Sky (Special Single Mix)
1986
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Sensual World
1989
5.00 | 1 ratings
This Woman's Work
1989
2.05 | 2 ratings
Love and Anger
1989
2.42 | 8 ratings
Aspects of the Sensual World
1990
2.14 | 8 ratings
Rocket Man / Candle in the Wind
1991
2.17 | 4 ratings
And So Is Love
1993
4.00 | 1 ratings
Rubberband Girl
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Moments of Pleasure
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Eat the Music
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Red Shoes
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
King of the Mountain
2005
3.83 | 6 ratings
Wild Man
2011
2.09 | 2 ratings
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (2012 Remix)
2012

KATE BUSH Reviews


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 The Dreaming by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1982
4.14 | 299 ratings

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The Dreaming
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

5 stars Putting herself in total control of her 4th studio, full-length album, Kate Bush created her most progressive album, and actually ended up putting herself further into the public eye, although it took some time for it to totally catch on. But, just like the best progressive albums, it started out with a lot of critical panning, but evolved into what many would consider the pinnacle of her career.

It is interesting, however, that it really isn't a concept album, but the songs on it all have deep meaning and Kate wanted to make sure everything was done to perfection, or as close to it as possible. Along with her, she recruited several other musicians to help out and appear throughout the album while, for the most part, she took the lead on all of the vocals, piano and synths, programming and electronic percussion. Everything else was done by other musicians, including her brother Paddy Bush, Geoff Downes, David Gilmour, Del Palmer, and scores of others. Yet, through it all, she kept control. It took two years to get it all right, and Bush had to even take a short break from it at times when she encountered writer's block, which apparently happened often.

Of course, Bush was known for being an experimental musician, but this one was the most experimental of all, and the fans and critics were hesitant to give it the love it deserves. Now, however, it is considered one of her best and has found it's way to many critic's best of lists and also become a favorite and influential of many musicians, including Bjork.

The album starts off with it's first single 'Sat in Your Lap' which was actually released long before the album was close to being done, 15 months before in fact. The song originally had an additional verse that was left off of the finished track, and it was also changed slightly for the album, making the vocals a little higher to fit in with the rest of the album. It is quite an upbeat and percussive track with lyrics that deal with the quest for knowledge through others. Of course, the attention is given to Bush's dynamic vocals as her range and variation of sound is as amazing as usual and the use of unconventional styles and structure definitely goes against the grain of any standard song. All through the song, you can hear Downes contribution of the trumpet effects that back up the track.

'There Goes a Tenner' follows and has an almost reggae beat that hints more towards a ragtime sound. The song deals with amateur burglers and their fears when they try for the big time with a serious crime. This track was also a single, but it failed to chart. 'Pull Out the Pin' features David Gilmour on background vocals and deals with the Vietnam war. Utilizing less drums and more unpredictable percussion and sound effects, this track tends to take on a more symphonic style with plenty of dramatic flair. It is quite the progressive masterpiece. One of the more accessible tracks on the album 'Suspended in Gaffa' was also released as a single and did end up charting. Even being considered more accessible, it still has a nice swinging feeling which Kate accents with her high-counter-melody that whirls around playfully and repetitively over the main lower register vocal melody. All the while, Bush's piano marks the rhythmic passage in place of drums while an assortment of strings support. The first half ends with 'Leave it Open' with Kate's main vocals heavily manipulated giving an eerie sound with contrasting higher and softer vocals with lower male vocals occasionally singing. The electgronic effects contrast with the strings and other traditional instruments. Odd, yet intriguing.

The 2nd half commences with the title track 'The Dreaming' which uses a jig style track mixed with experimental and traditional effects. The subject matter deals with the problems native Australians deal with, and the rhythm reflects a tribal sound, and layers of chanting-style vocals come and go in the background. Again, there is a twisting of electronics and traditional music. The breathing sounds made in this song were later used by Depeche Mode in the song 'Personal Jesus'. It all ends in a Celtic sounding coda that runs into 'Night of the Swallow', which has a mostly Irish style to it, again with the addition of traditional instruments and help from The Chieftains and Planxty. It is mostly slow and quiet, but it builds in intensity as it goes on adding in layers of traditional Irish instrumentation. 'All the Love' is quite atmospheric and complex with heavy bass and Kate's pastiche of vocal textures. 'Houdini' musically tells the attempts of Houdini's wife to talk to her deceased husband. This follows in the same style as the previous track, slow and soft with some dramatic passages, and again featuring Kate's endless vocal tricks while accompanied mostly by bass and piano, and later with lush strings. 'Get Out of My House' is inspired by Stephen King's 'The Shining'. This one has a strong beat in contrast to the last two tracks with guest vocalists taking character parts while a complex melody complete with counter melodies continue. Definitely an eerie and threatening track.

Although this is a perfect progressive album, the one place that it lacks is in its accessibility. It takes some time to get used to it, and, for a while, it may leave the listener struggling to connect with it. Hopefully, the short explanations of some of the tracks will help it to sink in a little better, otherwise, it tends to leave one a bit confused about its strange antics and what not. But even if you don't know the stories behind the tracks, the album does grow on you, and Bush's talent cannot be denied even if it doesn't. This album still easily reaches 5 stars, especially as an influential progressive and experimental album, however, Kate's next album 'Hounds of Love' would even be better, and ended up being a perfect album, combining accessibility, at least in most of the first half, with progressive ingenuity and intelligence. 'The Dreaming' on the other hand, is an album that is definitely worthy of being called its apt predecessor.

 The Dreaming by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1982
4.14 | 299 ratings

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The Dreaming
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

5 stars Perhaps the best find David Gilmour ever scored since that case of blotter left behind at a Pink Floyd gig, KATE BUSH spent years crafting a fair number of songs before she was discovered and signed to EMI Records where she was an instant sensation in her native UK at the tender age of 20 when she the very first female who both performed and wrote a song that hit #1. That honor goes to 'Wuthering Heights' and the debut album 'The Kick Inside' launched her into the spotlight right away, however having started writing her material at the age of 11, BUSH had accrued enough material to craft into three whole albums. Given that the tunes were written in her teenage years, 'The Kick Inside, 'Lionheart' and 'Never For Ever' all exhibited the same sort of romantic piano based progressive pop however but when it was time to start work on a fourth album, BUSH had to start from scratch.

After scoring seven top 40 hits with the formula, BUSH boldly embarked on a completely new journey and went all crazy with an album that has been deemed her most outrageous and least commercial of all. My goodness, KATE! What kind of tea were you sipping out there in the English countryside circa 1981? THE DREAMING was a madhouse of ideas thrown together in a blender and then crafted into a new style of progressive pop bliss. With KATE's piano melodies in firm command, she joined forces with an army of guest musicians and vocalists that offered the entire Nonesuch world music catalogue of ethnic instruments as well as a plethora of experiments all twisted into an avant-fantasy married with a touch of seriousness that tackled political issues and global injustice. Quirky and utterly unique, even in the KATE BUSH canon, THE DREAMING was one of those one-of-a-kind miracles of creation that swallowed up two years of recording time and understandably was ahead of its time and left the critics scratching their heads as to what in the world Ms BUSH had unleashed onto un unsuspecting public.

THE DREAMING comes across as if KATE BUSH was coming of age. Having played the good girl pop star with dreamy pop ballads and groovy upbeat rock, on this album she went for the gusto like a rebellious young woman finding her own way and literally exploded into a thousand different directions with no [%*!#]s to give. Quirky like early Sparks with progressive pop hooks to match, BUSH threw down the gauntlet of amalgamating as many ethnic folk styles as possible with her clear admiration for the art rock and prog scene of the 70s married with the zeitgeist of contemporary new wave sensibilities. Despite the album being too weird at the time for radio to latch onto and scoring no hit singles, the album still rocketed to #3 on the UK charts and found a slight dent in the US market due to the interest of college radio stations. Acting somewhat like the ringleader in the circus of BUSH's own making, THE DREAMING found a never-ending stylistic mishmash of cleverly crafted tunes that provided zany pop hooks, labyrinthine constructs and best of all a fiery KATE BUSH pushing the limits of musical expansiveness.

The opening track 'Sat In Your Lap' bursts onto the scene with a caffeinated percussive drive and an energetic drive which finds KATE alternating her more contemplative lyrical style with joyous squeals and at times falls into frantic remiss. The track displays a wealth of vocal tracks serving as playful counterpoints augmented with a touch of jazzy brass sounds. 'There Goes A Tenner' with its crime film theme shifts gears completely with a tango groove and a melody that clearly pinpoints exactly where Bj'rk copped a feel or two on her famous track 'The Hunter.' She has admitted that THE DREAMING was one of her favorite albums and it's interesting how certain aspects of THE DREAMING have clearly lived on in the Icelandic diva's own recordings. 'Pull Out The Pin' only takes things into weirder territories. Piano driven as usual, KATE's vocal range extends into extremities with cool and calm completive passages as well as unhinged screams of uncertainty.

'Suspended In Gaffa' demonstrates on oom-pa-pa sort of polka groove but takes on a Celtic jig sort of vibe sinspired by working with Irish bands like Planxty and The Chieftains. 'Leave It Open' which tackles the darker sides of one's personality finds a bipolar KATE BUSH whispering lyrics while her own call and response offers a creepy comeback. As if the album were her own Broadway play of sorts, there are additional vocalists who have conversations around the shifting time signature nuances of the polyrhythmic grooves and sampled effects. The title track really goes for the avant-garde jugular with a stellar mix of Irish folk instrumentation along with Aboriginal Australian sounds such as uileann pipes and didgeridoos. Some of KATE's vocals are downright frightening on this one. The song rightfully shines a light on the plight of the native Australians and the injustices perpetrated upon them throughout the colonization process. 'Night Of The Swallow' shifts into an almost winey piano ballad that could easily be inserted into any of KATE's earlier albums but after but completely morphs into a folkier Irish jig dominated sound.

'All The Love' is the closest thing to a 'normal' song on the album with the common for other albums piano melodies and a more tamed vocal style however the experiments shine though in vocal samples and loops towards the end. 'Houdini' was inspired by the famous escape artist and who is also depicted on the album cover. The track is on the tamer side for the most part but ultimately comes off as something out of 'Phantom Of The Opera' which dramatic emotional outburst as well as classical sounding string parts. After a rather subdued ending of the album, the frenetic energy picks up again as the closer 'Get Out Of My House' finds extreme variations of vocal outbursts ranging from quiet and subdued to screamed and frantic with many occurring simultaneously. The terror experienced on this track makes more sense once learned that the track is based on Stephen King's novel 'The Shining' which clearly shows that THE DREAMING also tackles the darker aspects of real nightmares. The track is actually funnier than it is scary as the KATE and guest vocalists end with crazed donkey sounds!

THE DREAMING proved not to be an ephemeral pop record that was made to sell a lot in a short time but rather was so far reaching that it was the exact opposite. While the critics and many fans didn't understand the sheer genius of this album upon its time of release, the album has nevertheless become one of those timeless classics. While KATE would return to her romantic pop sensibilities that would return her career to the top of the charts with 'Hounds Of Love,' THE DREAMING although an anomaly, is the album to gravitate towards first if like me you seek out the more extreme and adventurous expressions of music. Laced with instantly addictive melodic hooks that are sensual and seductive while intellectually teased and challenged with innovative time signature gymnastics and compositional unorthodoxies, in many ways THE DREAMING was like the more psychedelic and progressive version of 'Graceland' that Paul Simon enjoyed so much success with.

The album is a veritable trip around the world as well as one throughout KATE BUSH's wildest imagination. Having racked up quite a tab and yielding low returns, this was the point where KATE built her own studio so she could take as much time as she needed to craft her art pop albums without the finger-wagging scoffing of the record company. This in my opinion is KATE BUSH's finest moment and one of those albums that i can put on replay in perpetuity and never grow tired of hearing it. Yep, a masterpiece of the ages. I still trip out listening to this one every time i give it a spin.

 The Whole Story VHS by BUSH, KATE album cover DVD/Video, 1986
4.06 | 17 ratings

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The Whole Story VHS
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by HarmonyDissonan

5 stars * first I would like to apologize as this is actually a review for the cd HOUNDS OF LOVE. I had placed a star rating score for it already and was unable to figure out if I could add a review which would be seen on the home page or if it would only go to the particular album/cd page. Since I really want to share the blog that I have included.

HOUNDS OF LOVE-THE NINTH WAVE: The Pinnacle of popular music!

I have loved this album since the first time that I heard it! Although I must admit, I didn't understand it fully, I did intuitively see and feel the gravitas that was being expressed! Along with The Dreaming, these are my favorite recordings of her's. The first side of the album 'Hounds' consists of 5 independent songs, 4 of which I love and the last, Mother Stands For Comfort I've grown to admire although there is still the slight 'out of place' feel to it in regards to the general flow of the side.

Side two of the album is were history is truly made! I have heard people describe it in terms of completely based on a witch trial or a drowning after falling through ice while ice skating, and although I've come to believe that these are visions presented within the suite, I believe that they are actually pieces of a whole story (sorry- unintended). I believe that the over-arching view-point stated within The Ninth Wave is to live in the moment and not to take life or people, friends and family especially but also those we meet along our journey of life for granted. I find this piece so stunning that at our last family get together at Christmas time, I made my brothers and sister and each of their adult children a cd copy (I'm sorry, KB, but if I had just told them to go purchase the cd, I'm afraid that some of them would already have it-those with good taste, or else those that didn't wouldn't buy it and sadly I would have found it difficult financially to purchase 15-20 copies. So with my heart in the right place, I apologize for the copies made with pure motives I assure you). Also I gave them all a printed copy of the blog that I am including here which, although I haven't heard or read many thorough descriptions of The Ninth Wave, I've come to believe that this blog is a definitive and enjoyably descriptive accounting of the story-line and overarching physical, psychological and universal ramifications that the protagonist encounters within the narrative. If you are a fan of The Ninth Wave, I cannot recommend more greatly that you read this blog! Please do. It is obvious that it was written with love and respect and I believe it will help most everyone with the general appreciation of this masterwork!

ohbythewayblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-ninth-wave-by-kate-bush.html

Take care and enjoy God's gift of music!

Sorry again, I tried that blog address and it didn't work. Just type in a search for-(oh by the way-kate bush's the ninth wave)-and you'll find the link, thanks.

 Live At The Hammersmith Odeon (Video) by BUSH, KATE album cover DVD/Video, 1981
4.28 | 20 ratings

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Live At The Hammersmith Odeon (Video)
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars There are two preceding reviews, both with full rating, and also the majority of ratings without reviews are 5/5. This concert film definitely is unique and of big historical importance (since Kate Bush stopped touring after The Tour of Life '79), but I'd be lying if I said I was deeply thrilled by it. And before you ask, yes, Kate Bush was one of my earliest favourites in popular music and she's still very dear to me. This music theatre just doesn't represent what's so great about Kate Bush musically. First off, the visual quality of this DVD is rather blurry but we can ignore that; if one is to feel "the magic", the blurriness won't prevent that. In fact it sort of suits the whole thing. The show opens with 'Moving', the lovely opening track of The Kick Inside, and the green curtain evokes an oceanic atmosphere. In my opinion, the set list is mostly downhill from there, with a couple of further highlights. Even at this point of her discography (two albums only, plus some glimpses into the third one) there would have been many, many better songs.

Silly 'Them Heavy People', awful 'Violin' (definitely the worst track of the then-coming album Never For Ever, and among the worst ones of Kate's songs altogether)... 'Strange Phenomena' is good. 'Hammer Horror' is done as a playback dance number. Actually the interaction between the performers and the audience is pretty much lacking on the whole show. Not even a 'Thank you' between the songs, not to speak of any further talking from Kate. 'Wow' and 'Feel It' are good. Then, another throwaway song in 'Kite'. The extended end doesn't improve it. 'James and the Cold Gun' is the rockiest song here, and the band really comes into life on it. Kate's acting with the shotgun and her shaking victims (rifle being used as a machine gun, accompanied by drum riffs) gets perhaps a bit over the top. Beautiful ballad 'Oh England, My Lionheart' is a great way to cool things down, and the final number is naturally her greatest hit 'Wuthering Heights'. Even though I do feel the magic here and there, three factors make me rate this with three stars only: the set list is all too uneven, the lack of a real live gig feel, and the concentration on dance coreographies that I don't find that fancy. I borrowed the DVD from library and one viewing was enough, but probably I'd buy it if I found it at a reasonable prize from a second hand shop.

 Hounds Of Love by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1985
4.15 | 432 ratings

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Hounds Of Love
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by DominicS

5 stars I find it hard to understand the prog fans out there that would take the view against Kate Bush being a prog artist, merely and falsely accusing her of being just a successful pop artist. Her masterpiece album 'Hounds of Love' cannot be unfairly called a pop album; of course, there are the hits of the album that hit the charts on its release. However, the album does more than just present the listener with a series of popular hits; it takes the listener on a complex musical journey that demands our full attention.

The first side of the album obviously presents fewer progressive qualities as it features the two hits of the album: 'Running Up that Hill' and 'Hounds of Love'. While being successful as pop songs, catchy and lyrical, there are still interesting musical features that make the songs exciting to listen to. In 'Hounds of Love', for example, there is much rhythmic complexity between individual parts almost making it polyrhythmic. Features like these separate the average, generic pop songs from the pop songs that attempt to be different and unique ' Kate Bush is an expert in spicing up the average pop song. 'Mother Stands for Comfort' is the least pop-like on this side of the album, presenting a complex listen of interweaving parts that dip in and out of the song. What really stands out here is the double bass, every ornament is allowed to shine throughout the song, and it is utterly gorgeous. My favourite song from this side of the album is 'Cloudbusting', the strong pulse and march like rhythm drives the song which offers a warm contrast to the previous rhythmic complexities in the other songs. Furthermore, the fact that it is very repetitive and heavily string dominant doesn't deter me as a listener as the string motifs never seem to become tedious. While this side of her album is not entirely prog heavy, she certainly moulds prog influences on her pop songs in order to make them stand out from the other chart-topping hits ' and the result is a set of very intelligent and thought-provoking songs.

The second side of her album is where she pushes her musicality to the limit, infusing a much stronger prog influence into her writing, and resulting in a musical journey called 'The Ninth Wave'. Its concept is about someone drifting alone in the sea at night, trying to keep themselves awake in order to survive drowning. Bush communicates the tranquillity of being alone in the sea through songs such as 'And Dream of Sheep', which is extremely soothing and atmospheric, reflecting how easy it would be to fall asleep in the calm of the sea. Yet a song such as 'Waking the Witch' is much more menacing; in fact, it is my favourite song on this side of the album for both its musical qualities and its meaning in the concept of the suite. Musically, the harmony of the piano chords is utterly gorgeous in the beginning and coupled with the delay effect, reflects the vastness of the water. In terms of the songs meaning, the idea of the person in the concept being tested as a witch by 'swimming' is such a clever and meaningful idea, especially in an era where women were still being 'drowned' by the power of men. My other highlight from this side of the album comes from 'Hello Earth' in which this person in the water can look up at the stars, that look down on the earth and can see the person in the water. It's the vocal sample in the song that really hits me, it is harmonically rich and stripped back, offering the listener something completely different and ghostlike. The variation, musically, in this suite is never-ending and I find myself hearing new things every time I listen to it. This, along with ideas such as the ice freezing over your drowned body ('Under Ice') and being able to see your family and friends as a spirit after death ('Watching You Without Me'), leaves me in a state of awe and shock as I try to absorb the sheer beauty and complexity of Kate Bush's writing not just as a musician but as a storyteller.

This whole album represents a different kind of prog that listeners are not used to hearing. Bush rejects having long and intense sections of complex soloing and shows of technical accuracy that bands such as Yes and King Crimson often display. In this album, Bush instead prefers to place her listeners in an atmospheric soundscape, making every single musical feature reflect the clever concept of the second side of the album. It really forces me to think and to think hard about what I am listening to and what it means ' this is the sort of prog that shouldn't be so easily belittled as this album has had such a powerful effect on me. What tops off this gem of an album is Bush's voice; not only is it one of the most iconic voices to ever grace the planet but it is unique and cannot be ever copied. All in all, I'd say this is one of the most intelligent prog albums to be written.

 The Kick Inside by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.95 | 316 ratings

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The Kick Inside
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
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4 stars One of the most enigmatic POP debuts all time! What a surprise I haven't reviewed this long ago.

Yesterday I listened to this album after a long while, and I felt a good deal of the same magic that fulfilled me as a teenager. At the time, around 1986, I already had all Kate Bush's studio albums up to that point. Being a debut of a very young and unexperienced performer, in the artistic measures The Kick Inside understandably loses in several ways to masterpieces such as Hounds of Love and The Dreaming, but it also has unique charm, or indeed magic if you like, that is hard to find elsewehere in any popular music. It is starry-eyed romantic, very melodic, a little naiive in a good way, and most of all deeply sensual. (I know people who have made love while playing this album... I haven't, perhaps to avoid competition of my attention.)

It has 13 songs. I have never much enjoyed 'Kite' or 'Them Heavy People' (slightly silly, merry songs that I rather skip), and 'James and the Cold Gun' is a bit boring melodically until the final vocal line and the following guitar solo of Ian Bairnson. The remaining ten songs are either extremely lovely or very enjoyable. I was too young to be bothered when the smash hit 'Wuthering Heights' was heard everywhere, so to me it's just a great Kate Bush song among her other great songs; in fact, as fascinating as this Emily BrontŰ inspired song is, it's not among my most definitive highlights. The three first songs 'Moving', 'The Saxophone Song' and 'Strange Phenomena' set the atmosphere to the magical level, finished with dreamy details such as whale song or words in a strange/unidentified language. 'Kite' stops that bliss, but 'The Man With The Child In His Eyes' is a beautiful, orchestrated soft ballad.

The overwhelming sensualism continues on the vinyl's B side. 'Feel It' has very sexual lyrics. (How sad that sex in today's pop music is usually very banal and commercial, not sensual and intimate like this.) 'Oh to Be in Love' and 'L'Amour Looks Like Something Like You' are beautiful love songs, while the final tracks 'Room for the Life' and 'The Kick Inside' have always appeared as a pregnancy-themed pair of songs to me, the first having a joyful chorus, the latter a more passionate one.

Kate Bush (b. 1958) had been writing these songs since the age of 13, and there were dozens to choose from when her debut was finally recorded. That undoubtedly explains the certain naivism, or child-like sense of wonder -- not that it would be a bad thing in the first place. Later she became more and more self-sufficient as her own producer, but for the success of the debut's music, the work of well chosen collaborators is invaluable. Arranging and producing were on the hands of Andrew Powell who had worked with The Alan Parsons Project (as well as several musicians playing here). The following album Lionheart -- which is pretty good -- was quickly made within the same year, and its 10-song cycle is less captivating than this 13-song cycle. The album cover for The Kick Inside is not very convincing with all the orientalism that would suit better for a Chinese restaurant.

 Lionheart by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.34 | 220 ratings

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Lionheart
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Released only 9 months after her brilliant debut album The Kick Inside, Lionheart was a rushed affair and it shows. It seems the recording company was eager to keep the ball rolling and cash in as much as they could while the novelty was hot. Accordingly, the same team of musicians/arrangers/producers were used again. Small wonder Bush herself had little time to come up with new material. In fact only three tracks on Lionheart were recent ones (Symphony In Blue, Fullhouse and Coffee Homeground), the remaining seven songs were old stuff, although she did rearrange them for this recording. And Bush herself did not hide her dissatisfaction about the whole affair in interviews over the years. She would never let the recording company rule her releases that way again.

So, in the end, that┬┤s exactly how Lionheart sounds: a (mostly) collection of leftovers from The Kick Inside. It does not mean that her sophmore release is bad. Not at all. It┬┤s just inferior. And it won┬┤t grab you like The Kick Inside. It takes more time to sink in and although several tracks here are very good, none reaches the heights of her debut┬┤s peaks. Lionheart nevertheless show Kate Bush maturing rapidly as an artist and the CD is more fluid than her previous one in terms of production and performances. It┬┤s just a pity that the songs were not as powerful. Although this is her only CD not to make to the top 5, it did reach number 6 and stayed on the charts for 36 weeks, making it a worthy (commercially at least) effort.

Al in all, not a bad record from this remarkable and unique talented singer/songwriter. I understand why she was never happy with it. Fortunately she would prove herself several times in future releases. A lesser work from KB, but a nice one anyway. 3 stars.

 Aspects of the Sensual World by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1990
2.42 | 8 ratings

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Aspects of the Sensual World
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

3 stars "Aspects of the Sensual World" is an EP that Kate Bush released in the US and Canada in March 1990. It contains the track "The Sensual World" which was a single from the album of the same name, released in September 1989, and also contains B-sides released between 1989 and 1990 in Europe and the UK. There are 5 tracks in all.

"The Sensual World" is the most known of these tracks, of course. It is a sensual, lush and romantic song which originally was supposed to have lyrics based on the ending of James Joyce's "Ulysses", but Kate was not given permission to use the text, so she rewrote the lyrics depicting the main heroine of the book as coming out of the book into the real world. The main instrument in the song is the Uillean pipes which contribute to the lushness and the sensuality of the piece. Such a beautiful song, and somewhat erotic, you can understand the inspiration taken by many other aritists like Bjork for example.

"Be Kind to My Mistakes" is taken from the soundtrack to the 1987 movie "Castaway". It was originally featured on a promo 7" as an A Side to Brian Eno's "Chemistry", also from the film. It was also available as a B-side to "This Woman's Work", but in the same remixed version as on this EP. This is a very upbeat song that could have fit on "The Sensual World" or even on "Hounds of Love". There is a nice airy bass line that stands out, and, of course, a tricky, unique melody that Kate is famous for. Good song.

"I'm Still Waiting" was also added as an extra track on the "This Woman's Work" single, and is also on the anthology box set "This Woman's Work Anthology". This track is led by the piano and a hard, persistent, mid-tempo beat. Again, this track is representative of her music during this time. This one features the versatility of her voice, from deep fullness, to her unique, fluttery sounds. This is yet another track that shouldn't have been a throw away, but it's great to discover these excellent tracks at a later time, hearing music that is not new, but it's new to you.

Originally, I thought the next track "Ken" was written as a sort of jingle for a candidate for an official office in England or something. It was actually written for the comic strip film GLC. It was released as the B-side to "Love and Anger". Now, this highlights Kate's dynamics in her voice, but it is driven by a synth that is quite dated, so, other than Kate's amazing voice, this could use a remix to update its sound. Needless to say, I'm not as impressed with this one.

The EP closes with an instrumental version of "The Sensual World" which is still a beautiful enough song to enjoy even without the vocals. At least you still get the "Mmmmmm Yes" and background vocals. The song remains sultry and sensual.

So, this is a great EP, but, most of the tracks are available elsewhere. The toughest one to find is "Be Kind to My Mistakes", so it could still be worth looking for, but unless you are a completionist, look for a cheap, used copy. The b-sides, except for "Ken", could have been easily used for any of her albums, they are not throw away material. We'll give this one 3 stars, because it is so short, but at least it keeps you wanting more.

 The Kick Inside by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.95 | 316 ratings

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The Kick Inside
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I remember listening to Wuthering Heights in 1978, it was a big hit in Brazil (I guess it was a hit everywhere, wasn┤t it?). I was mesmerized by this song and to this day it still moves me deeply when I hear it. It was the height of the discotheque and it was so refreshing to hear this beautiful, haunting and strange song n the radio! It was original and at the same time so melodic, even the lyrics were a novelty. But the most impressive was Bushs vocal delivering, so unique, powerful and emotional for a 19 year old! When I heard she was also the songwriter and pianist on the song I knew we were introduced to a great talent. But somehow I missed the album., I was just another teenager facing the usual lack of money to buy all the records I was interested in. I had to be very selective and I guess Yes Tomato and Gentle Giant┤s Playing The fool had some prerogative over most new acts.

It took me 40 years to finally listen to get The Kick Inside and give it the attention it deserved. And I was impressed. I should have bought it at the time after all. Well, better late than never. Although no track here surpass her most famous hit song (how could it be different?), I was stunned how strong and mature her debut CD sounds after all those years. Still a teenager, she sounds as confident as any seasoned pro. Songs like Movin, The Saxophone Song, James And The Cold Gun, Feel It and The Man With A Child In His Eyes are the kind of stuff most artists would kill for. In fact, it┤s easier to point the weaker tracks, like Kite or Them Heavy People, but even they are at least original and interesting. Well, and considering that some of them were written when she was 13 make them even the more remarkable!

Of course the fact that the album was very well produced and arranged does not hurt either. She was backed by some of the finest musicians at the time: most of them from the Alan Parsons Project, which helped to give the record a bands feel and a cohesive whole, even if some of the stuff was quite varied. Producer Andrew Powell (also from APP) provided orchestrations for two of the tracks.

Al in all a stunning debut for this great artist. Maybe her most accessible album in her long career. Not perfect, of course, but an incredible start for someone so young. And one who stood so well the test of time. If you like me, only know her for her hits, give this CD a try and you┤ll be rewarded. A must have for any music lover.

 Hounds Of Love by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1985
4.15 | 432 ratings

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Hounds Of Love
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by HarmonyDissonan

5 stars HOUNDS OF LOVE-THE NINTH WAVE: The Pinnacle of popular music!

I have loved this album since the first time that I heard it! Although I must admit, I didn't understand it fully, I did intuitively see and feel the gravitas that was being expressed! Along with The Dreaming, these are my favorite recordings of her's. The first side of the album 'Hounds' consists of 5 independent songs, 4 of which I love and the last, Mother Stands For Comfort I've grown to admire although there is still the slight 'out of place' feel to it in regards to the general flow of the side.

Side two of the album is were history is truly made! I have heard people describe it in terms of completely based on a witch trial or a drowning after falling through ice while ice skating, and although I've come to believe that these are visions presented within the suite, I believe that they are actually pieces of a whole story (sorry-unintended). I believe that the over-arching view-point stated within The Ninth Wave is to live in the moment and not to take life or people, friends and family especially but also those we meet along our journey of life for granted. I find this piece so stunning that at our last family get together at Christmas time, I made my brothers and sister and each of their adult children a cd copy (I'm sorry, KB, but if I had just told them to go purchase the cd, I'm afraid that some of them would already have it-those with good taste, or else those that didn't wouldn't buy it and sadly I would have found it difficult financially to purchase 15-20 copies. So with my heart in the right place, I apologize for the copies made with pure motives I assure you). Also I gave them all a printed copy of the blog that I am including here which, although I haven't heard or read many thorough descriptions of The Ninth Wave, I've come to believe that this blog is a definitive and enjoyably descriptive accounting of the story-line and overarching physical, psychological and universal ramifications that the protagonist encounters within the narrative. If you are a fan of The Ninth Wave, I cannot recommend more greatly that you read this blog! Please do. It is obvious that it was written with love and respect and I believe it will help most everyone with the general appreciation of this masterwork!

ohbythewayblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-ninth-wave-by-kate-bush.html

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