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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", divided in several sections that hold different atmospheres. Two years later "The whole sto...read more

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KATE BUSH discography


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3.93 | 194 ratings
The Kick Inside
1978
3.30 | 147 ratings
Lionheart
1978
3.96 | 172 ratings
Never For Ever
1980
4.05 | 175 ratings
The Dreaming
1982
4.10 | 258 ratings
Hounds of Love
1985
3.42 | 125 ratings
The Sensual World
1989
2.65 | 103 ratings
The Red Shoes
1993
3.79 | 164 ratings
Aerial
2005
2.65 | 47 ratings
Director's Cut
2011
3.81 | 91 ratings
50 Words For Snow
2011

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

4.23 | 28 ratings
Live At The Hammersmith Odeon
1994

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

4.97 | 10 ratings
Live At The Hammersmith Odeon (Video)
1981
3.60 | 9 ratings
The Single File (VHS)
1983
3.83 | 14 ratings
The Whole Story VHS
1986
2.28 | 6 ratings
The Sensual World, The Videos (VHS)
1990
3.04 | 8 ratings
The Line, The Cross & The Curve (VHS)
1993
2.96 | 5 ratings
Hounds of Love: A Classic Album Under Review
2008

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

3.51 | 51 ratings
The Whole Story
1986
3.64 | 21 ratings
This Woman's Work
1990

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

2.41 | 8 ratings
On Stage
1979
3.00 | 2 ratings
Cloudbusting
1985
3.96 | 5 ratings
Experiment IV
1986
2.03 | 5 ratings
Aspects of the Sensual World
1990
2.09 | 7 ratings
Rocket Man / Candle in the Wind
1991
2.09 | 3 ratings
And So Is Love
1993
4.00 | 5 ratings
Wild Man
2011

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 Lionheart by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.30 | 147 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy

4 stars I think the problem with this album is that it sounds too much like the debut. To me it sounds like KATE BUSH took all the songs from her first album THE KICK INSIDE and reassembled them into new creations. Apparently this doesn't hold well with most as told by the lower ratings and I have to agree that I prefer the debut as well, but not by much. Those songs may be a tad catchier but this is a great album itself. I love most of these songs and even though I can tell which song sounds like certain ones from the debut, it doesn't really matter. I'm not against using a successful musical formula and getting a little mileage out of it.

With songs as good as these she probably could have gotten another few albums out of this sound and considering Kate was only 19 at the time of both these albums being released I think I can cut her a little slack. This music is every bit as ingenious as the debut and not just simply rushed out shlop to cash in. Just listen to the arrangements. Geez, they're brilliant! Like I said, I do prefer the debut because many of those songs are off the charts spectacular and it was the first album I heard. This doesn't have the surprise value of the debut but it sure comes close to the quality overall.

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 The Kick Inside by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.93 | 194 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy

5 stars This was appropriately my first KATE BUSH album and I fell for it upon first listen. Nobody in all of the musical world sounds like her. At the young age of 13 she already had her fingers on the pulse of the musical world and was creating, crafting and delivering her own passionate array of well polished songs with her own unique stamp on them. By the time she was sending demos she had already created over 50 songs.

After sending her demos around one finally got to David Gilmour who would help her refine them into more professional sounding pieces and thus would help catapult her into instant stardom in her native UK. By the time she was 19 her debut album was released and her singles such as 'Wuthering Heights' began to fly up the charts at home and then abroad.

I listen to this now and it does the same for as it did the very first time I heard it. Powerful stuff indeed because of Kate's strangely idiosyncratic vocal style and haunting cord changes that she has successfully integrated into the music to give it a unique feminine style. It still gives me goosebumps. 4.5 rounded up

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 The Dreaming by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1982
4.05 | 175 ratings

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4 stars Good gravy! I was not expecting this when I decided to check out Kate Bush's music. I guess I was expecting some very 80s synthy pop/rock, but what I got instead was a FEARLESS voice! Kate Bush is like no one else, and I guess that explains why so many people love her.

The music on this album is definitely a foundation and nothing more. There are all kinds of strange instruments used, and they add a feeling of eclecticism to the music. I think this is simply a reflection of Kate's character, though. She doesn't do things "normally".

Her voice, however, is the true star here. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard what I can only describe as "harsh" vox come from her mouth. Wildly diverse uses of her voice are present, from low growls to high-pitched tone variation that doesn't seem like it should be possible. But, she always makes it work. In fact, there are times when I thought I should be repulsed, but in no time at all it simply worked and worked well.

Kate Bush is something of an anomaly. I've seen discussions about getting her out of "prog- related" and into "crossover", and I couldn't agree more. This is progressive music through and through, and I think the character and style that Kate presents is proof enough.

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 The Dreaming by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1982
4.05 | 175 ratings

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5 stars For several years I thought this might be the greatest album ever created/recorded. As time has passed, it's freshness and innovations have staled a bit, but upon donning my headphones and re-immersing myself into The Dreaming, I can recall my lust and enthusiasm for this music as I heard it first in 1982. While I never cared much for "Sat in Your Lap" or "Suspended in Gaffa," I always find the rest of the album spell-binding. The ironic humour and quirkiness of "The Dreaming" (10/10), the raw power of one of my favorite songs of all-time, "Get Out of My House" (10/10), the eerie/sexy mysteriousness of "Houdini" (9/10), "The Night of The Swallow" (9/10), "All The Love" (9/10), "Pull Out the Pin" (8/10), and even the teenie-popper, "There Goes a Tenner" (7/10), the raw power and inventiveness of the vocals on "Leave It Open" (8/10), the awesome drumming of Stuart Elliott, the Fairlight CMI, the wonderful incorporation of traditional Irish/Celtic instruments, the intricate storytelling, the incredible vocals--it all makes for one heck of a ride! This is by far the most highly rated 1980s album I've ever critiqued--even outshining the Heads, Crimson, Gabriel, Sylvian, U2, The Cocteau Twins and The Cure. This is, in my opinion, Kate's most breathtaking, refreshing, innovative album--a masterpiece. Simply astounding lyrics/storytelling and vocal acrobatics.

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 The Sensual World by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.42 | 125 ratings

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Review by BrufordFreak

5 stars While The Dreaming is, IMHO, Kate's prog masterpiece, it is my opinion that The Sensual World is every bit it's equal--perhaps even more masterful in that it comes from a woman with nine years more wisdom and maturity than The Dreaming.

1. The Sensual World (3:57) is one of Kate's most overtly sexual songs (of which she has a few) only this is from the perspective of the experienced woman who knows what she likes and knows how to get what she wants. Definitely a new and future-harkening sound from Ms. Bush. One of my all-time favorite Kate songs. (10/10)

2. Love and Anger (4:42) is another one of Kate's gut-wrenching emotional roller-coaster rides. Drags on a bit in the same range of chords and pacing--though the instrumental performances are rock solid. It feels a bit like other songs of Kate's from preceding albums. (8/10)

3. The Fog (5:06) is highlighted by the incredible strings and guitar work. Another very pleasant dreamy, emotion-based musical journey. (9/10)

4. Reaching Out (3:12) begins like an old ELTON JOHN song, which is appropriate in that it is an emotional song about human nature. The chorus is quite strong, powerful and engaging--one of Kate's strongest on this album. Unfortunately, going back to the soft/delicate A Section is a bit incongruous. But that chorus--and with it Michael Kamen's orchestration and Alan Murphy's guitar work--are redeeming. (8/10)

5. Heads Were Dancing (5:21) starts out just like a DEPECHE MODE song before Kate's unmistakable voice enters. The odd vibratos Kate uses while she holds the "second" syllable of words like "dance" and "do" are a bit too odd. Love Mick Karn's bass work. Eerie song. (8/10)

6. Deeper Understanding (4:46) has a cool JANE SIBERRY/PETER GABRIEL feel to it but doesn't really suck the listener in--it's one of those stories that is a bit too obtuse or obscure for me to get drawn into. (7/10)

7. Between A Man and A Woman (3:30) has such an unusual feel with it's staccato beginning and screech-opened B section. At this point in Kate's career, this kind of beat/rhythm is becoming a bit too standard for Kate's music. (7/10)

8. Never Be Mine (3:44) is another of my all-time favorite Kate songs. Eberhard Weber had been one of my favorite artists for over fifteen years, and I had become entranced by the Western arrival of Les Mysteres des Voix Bulgares (and had even seen the Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir in '90) thus, the timely incorporation of The Trio Bulgarika, Eberhard, and with Kate's penchant for Irish/Celtic instruments was both synchronous and popular with me. (9/10)

9. Rocket's Tail (4:07) is creative and risky in that for the first 90 seconds Kate's dreamy and later assertive lead vocal is backed only by the diatonic dissonance of The Trio Bulgarika. Nice try, gutsy, but the "meshing" just doesn't happen. It does better with the engagement of the heavy blues-rock instrumentation. The quirky "He-he-he, he-he-he" part is equally unsettling and almost grating to my ears. (7/10)

10. This Woman's Work (3:38) is quite a highly praised and anthemic song for many--and deservedly so. Powerful in message and delivery. I find myself often skipping it to reach the next song. (9/10)

11. Walk Straight Down The Middle (3:48) is the third of my all-time favorite Kate songs to emerge from The Sensual World. From the opening notes, Eberhard Weber's bass, along with the amazingly fragile-sounding vocal delivery of one of music's all-time great theatrical singers, this song sucks me in. Great rhythms and deeply engaging sound with wonderful and quirky vocal acrobatics. Plus the song employs absolutely masterful use of pauses, timing and spacing, e.g. check out the 2:22-2:39 section followed by the amazing resonant bass and jungle vocal calls. (9/10)

I have to say, in terms of high creativity and gutsy experimentation, there aren't many albums that can top this one. Whether or not it all works or not is definitely a matter of personal opinion. To me this is a 4.5 star album that helps earn Kate the PA inclusion. Kamen, Weber/Karn/Giblin/(Palmer), Gilmour, Trio Bulgarika, the Bush family, and Kate's voice and presentation in peak form all make this a masterpiece of progressive rock music.

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 Hounds of Love by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1985
4.10 | 258 ratings

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Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars Kate's most popular album--I remember it debuting (both album and first hit release, "Running Up That Hill") at number one in England and staying there a long time (despite pressure from The Pet Shop Boys' debut arrival). But, the songs are still a bit too foreign for this Yankee's ears and brain (and the videos all but ruin some of the songs for me). The so-called album long "suite," "The Ninth Wave," has awesome effects and melodies and shifts and sounds but somehow fails, to my mind and ears, to blend musically into a cohesive epic. A story told in seven successive songs, that I can accept, but I find it difficult to consider this one long prog epic.

Favorite songs: "Under Ice" and "Waking the Witch" (10/10), "The Big Sky" (8/10), and the unforgettable "Running Up That Hill" (9/10).

3.5 stars rated up for quality and creativity.

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 Never For Ever by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.96 | 172 ratings

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Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars Kate's inclusion here on ProgArchives is, to me, questionable and certainly debatable, but her penchant for creating many quirky, unusual, technology-leading "experimental" songs does make her a progressive artist--as are Brian Eno, Roxy Music, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, Tears for Fears, Cocteau Twins, David Sylvian, and The Cure. Never For Ever is the first of her masterful, "ground-breaking" albums--though often her quirk and charm is a little over the top for me (I find her videos sometimes embarrassingly cheezy/corny or melodramatic--and often her song topic choices). But, the Fairlight experimentation, the incredible vocal performance on "Blow Away (for Bill)" (10/10) and the rest of the album's unusual, quirky and highly original songs make this one a great one. Though I consider it essential in one's Kate Bush collection, I do not consider this an essential masterpiece of progressive rock music.

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 50 Words For Snow by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.81 | 91 ratings

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Review by BrufordFreak

3 stars While I've been enjoying this album and with it Kate's more minimalist song-delivery style, I must admit to not feeling that the songs are as creative or envelope-pushing as some of her previous work (Never Forever, The Dreaming, Hounds of Love, The Sensual World). There are a few of her expected "gimmicks"--like her son Bertie's narration and singing in "Snowflake" (9/10), the choral work singing "Lake Tahoe" in the song of that name (8/10), the Himalayan choral singing the chorus in "Wild Man" (8/10), Elton John's strong and equal presence in the emotional duet about two souls re-encountering each other over and over without really fully connecting, "Misty" (9/10), and then, of course, Steven Frye's recitation of Kate's list of 50 terms for snow in the song, "50 Words for Snow" (6/10) Kate's piano playing and singing are exquisite, masterfully mature and infinitely emotional, but the songs are sometimes lacking something . . . je ne sais quois to really bring them into the realm of classic masterpieces. I think they are masterful--expressions of a songwriting master, and I personally find them incredibly powerful and deeply engaging, but I'm not sure the average prog lover will prize them equally. It is for this reason that I think the album deserves three and a half stars, rated down to three because it probably is, in fact, "Good, but non-essential" and not an "excellent addition to ANY prog rock music collection. But for Kate lovers, it is probably worthy of 4.5 stars--a wonderful presentation of emotional songs from one of music's all-time masters.

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 Aerial by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.79 | 164 ratings

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Review by sinslice

4 stars Kate Bush is among the select group who have produced great musical works with 20 or more years of distance between them.

Aerial is a complex and well made product. This album is performed without the need of having to test. And that is evident in the music. Kate's voice is intact, and your good taste in music, too. The second disc is more progressive than the first, which also has very good tracks. Maybe it's a bit lengthy, some songs could have been shortened a bit, as Nocturn. For some his best work, for others its worse. For me, one worthy of his best work.

Progressive Pop Art is a term not appealing to the common denominator of progressive rock, but Kate Bush is worthy of recognition.

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 Lionheart by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.30 | 147 ratings

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Review by rogerthat

4 stars This album gets a lot of flak as it was apparently a rushed effort and consisted of leftover tracks from all of those that Kate Bush wrote for her first album. Even Kate is not exactly proud of this effort. But that doesn't really matter to me because her work defies easy categorization and appeals at many levels. Perhaps even a rushed effort is worth the chase when said effort is by Kate Bush.

The opener Symphony in Blue alone makes it worth the price of admission for me. While I find the lyrics only partly make sense to me, the music makes a more direct and immediate impact. Much is said about Kate's piano work but the guitar arrangements on her tracks is often wonderful too. On Symphony in Blue, the guitarwork is positively awesome; at least I think so anyway. No dazzling leads, nothing overtly complex but full of tension while still evoking beauty. Which is an apt description of the track: it sounds gorgeous on the surface but there is also a note of tension throughout the track. Good for releasing the tension, as she says.

The way Kate explores tension as such is very intriguing. Reviews refer to her feminine approach to the piano but one must remember that she was in fact influenced more by what she referred to as 'male music'. Most often, her music rocks hard even without a lot of distorted electric guitar while the feminine touch is reflected more in the colourful array of sounds and dreamy atmosphere she uses. But it is a counterpoint and contrast to tension and is not necessarily intended as chillout music.

Certainly, a track like Don't Push Your Foot on the Heartbrake is a far cry from chillout music. It rocks hard while still retaining her essentially weird art-rock based approach. If The Kick Inside hinted at a then new approach to prog, Lionheart builds on it and solidifies this approach. The chords and vocal approach as also the dominance of keyboards establish the music's connection to prog. But it is prog that is cognizant of punk and new wave (cue the white man's reggae chorus of Full House), not living in denial of it. And abstraction is present more in the lyrics than the music which tends to be pretty direct and hard hitting.

If this album was made up of leftover tracks from work intended for Kick Inside, Kate must have been on a creative hot streak at that time. For brilliance simply abounds on this album and even less satisfactory choices like the chorus of Wow! Wow! Wow! don't seem to hurt so much because of the overall stellar quality of the music. When a musician explores interesting harmonic ideas, it feels churlish to nitpick the less appealing parts of the package. However, not all of her work here is fully realized and two tracks - Oh England My Lionheart and Hammer Horror - haven't clicked for me in spite of having listened plenty of times to this album. I also find the theatrical singing on Coffee Homeground a bit awkward as Kate shifts registers at will. But I will let it pass because the idea is executed well, even if it doesn't work so well for me.

So don't put your foot on the brake pedal; this is still an excellent album though it may have been a rushed affair. There are plenty of goodies on offer if you are a bit lenient...and why not when the artist in question is one as brilliant as Kate Bush. 4 stars.

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