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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 top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.94 | 220 ratings
The Kick Inside
1978
3.33 | 160 ratings
Lionheart
1978
3.97 | 199 ratings
Never For Ever
1980
4.06 | 202 ratings
The Dreaming
1982
4.10 | 286 ratings
Hounds of Love
1985
3.44 | 134 ratings
The Sensual World
1989
2.65 | 112 ratings
The Red Shoes
1993
3.76 | 182 ratings
Aerial
2005
2.74 | 56 ratings
Director's Cut
2011
3.79 | 108 ratings
50 Words For Snow
2011

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

4.23 | 29 ratings
Live At The Hammersmith Odeon
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
1979 Television Special
2014

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
3.84 | 15 ratings
The Whole Story VHS
1986
2.35 | 7 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
3.14 | 3 ratings
1979 Television Special
2014

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

3.52 | 55 ratings
The Whole Story
1986
3.66 | 21 ratings
This Woman's Work
1990

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

4.05 | 2 ratings
The Man With The Child In His Eyes
1978
5.00 | 1 ratings
Wuthering Heights
1978
2.52 | 10 ratings
On Stage
1979
4.00 | 2 ratings
December Will Be Magic Again
1980
4.00 | 2 ratings
There Goes a Tenner
1982
4.05 | 2 ratings
Night of the Swallow
1983
3.33 | 3 ratings
Cloudbusting
1985
3.85 | 7 ratings
Experiment IV
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Man With The Child In His Eyes / Sat In Your Lap
1986
2.09 | 6 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
2.00 | 1 ratings
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (2012 Remix)
2012

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 1979 Television Special by BUSH, KATE album cover DVD/Video, 2014
3.14 | 3 ratings

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1979 Television Special
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

3 stars To the question who is my all-time favourite of female musicians, the answer is KATE BUSH without any hesitation. I have enjoyed her music since my teens. But like it is the case with all of my long-time favourites (GENESIS of the 70's being the most important), I have never felt I should like everything - or, for God's sake, to have every available music - by those favourites. This fact was brought to my mind with this DVD release. The 1979 Christmastime television special starts with 'Violin', a wild, actually punkish song from the then upcoming third album Never For Ever. I simply can't stand it! I have forced myself to listen to it less than five times in my entire life, and having it now served with an artistic visual performance didn't make it any better musically. If I had been originally introduced to her music with this song, I would have needed to win a deep prejudice first before letting her to become my favourite.

Sorry for that long introduction not quite up to the point. On the other hand this speculation about the liking or disliking of one's favourites gets very poignant with this DVD. You see, first I thought: "Wow, this is Kate Bush! This is rare! This is something special indeed!" And then, after viewing it, I thought "well, naturally it was interesting to see, but I won't miss it at all after I have returned the DVD to a friend." In one word, the television performance (it's not a live concert in the truest sense) is terribly UNEVEN. Enjoyable at its best, an embarassing nuisance at its worst.

After Kate has danced in bat-like clothes and screamed all the horrible high notes of 'Violin', she gets a spare moment to change costumes while two faceless men dressed up like gigantic violins - or cellos or whatever - move slowly to Erik Satie's tiny and pretty piece 'Gymnopédie No. 1'. Next Kate sings and plays piano on 'Symphony in Blue', a fine and too forgotten track from Lionheart. In the end, I prefer this kind of honest live performance of a good song over the arty-farty coreographics for silly songs. I know, 'Them Heavy People' enjoyed success at the time and was a live favourite in her tour of '79. Kate and two men in large trench coats keep pushing each other as if they were rubberballs. It gets slightly irritating before the naive ear-worm song is over.

A choir-like introduction of "angel Gabriel" is amusing. PETER GABRIEL plays his 'Here Comes the Flood' all by himself on keyboards. We remember how he prefers that ripped-down version (also heard on the ROBERT FRIPP album Exposure, 1979) over the heavily overproduced 1977 album version. Kate's non-album track 'Ran Tan Waltz' is among her poorest songs, and the amateurish coreography (for three again) featuring Kate dressed as a man is equally silly and annoying. 'December Will Be Magic Again' appeared as a single almost a year later; here its live performance, Kate back on piano, is among highlights.

'The Wedding List' and 'Egypt' are also tracks to be released in 1980's album Never For Ever. Here the television performances are totally made up; the former song features acted scenes of the bloody wedding and the female rage with a gun, while the latter sees Kate miming the song with a veil covering her nose and her round eyes almost popping out, against various Egyptian sceneries. This kind of a cheap and half-baked music video stands time much worse than a real concert. (And when you're listening to an album, you can direct your own inner videos!) Then comes a sad ballad 'Another Day' written by Roy Harper, performed with Peter Gabriel, though probably just miming instead of real live. They sit apathically looking very tired (of each other), visualizing a dead relationship. Gabe has short hair like in the covers of his 3rd "peter gabriel" album. This song is the most valuable rarity on the whole DVD. The 45-minute set ends with 'Don't Push Your Foot on the Heartbrake', in my opinion one of the weakest Lionheart songs. I can't say I much enjoy the semi- dance performance (again accompanied by two men); the whole thing looks somehow very gayish, a bad slice of phoney cabaret.

All in all the song selection is interestingly very unexpectable, and that certainly has its pros and cons. I would have rather chosen other songs from The Kick Inside and Lionheart. A minus comes also from the shaky end credits, totally missing the band?! Still, to give only two stars would feel too heartless. I don't recommend you to buy this DVD but it's worth seeing once. At least parts of it can be found on YouTube.

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 There Goes a Tenner by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Review by Matti
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4 stars Some while ago I reviewed another 7" single off The Dreaming album and pointed out how far from typical for the singles market its material is (and yet surprisingly many singles were released). With this one you get also a non-abum track which increases the value of interest.

'There Goes a Tenner' is, like many of the album's songs, very narrative and cinematic. One can also consider it as humorous, both for the lyrics and the peculiar rhythmic structure. "OK, remember / OK, remember..." It takes you right in the middle of a scene of crime, among a group of thieves doing a major gig - which turns out to be a disaster in the true spirit of classic crime films. Kate Bush even refers to movies in the lyrics, as the protagonist sees his/her partners as actors: "You are Bogart, he is George Raft that leaves Cagney and me". In my opinion this clever and witty song is not quite among the very finest of the marvelous album, but it's amusing and highly personal, with a perfect production full of finely crafted details.

'Ne t'enfuis pas' is one of the few songs where Kate Bush sings in French. I can't figure out with my extremely rusty school French what's it about. Musically, this synth-oriented song sounds "modern" and to some degree a bit clinical product of its time, and makes me think of TALK TALK (songs like 'Have You Heard the News?' or 'Renée') or JAPAN of the time. This is not to say it wouldn't be a good and enjoyable song. I'm not sure if it's a fretless bass or a Fairlight that Bush used most distinctively in the Hounds of Love song 'Mother Stands for Comfort'. It sounds nice nevertheless. I've got this song and other b-siders in "This Woman's Work" compilation set.

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 Night of the Swallow by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1983
4.05 | 2 ratings

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Review by Matti
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4 stars This is a surprising single when the nature of the songs is considered. But very pleasantly surprising, and extremely satisfying for those listeners who prefer artistic values and uncoventional details over catchiness and hit potential! Both tracks are taken from Kate Bush's fourth album The Dreaming (1982), which was her most adventurous and innovative work to date at that point. In fact all singles from that album are far from typical in the single market, whereas Never For Ever clearly had songs such as 'Babooshka' that are quite obvious choices for 7" releases.

'Night of the Swallow' is actually very representative of the album's deep and mysterious spirit. Kate's magnificent vocal performance carries the song that has almost cinematic power in its scenery. Apart from the strong chorus ("with a hired plane, with no names mentioned...") which is spiced up with folk instruments - there are Uillean pipes if I remember right, and isn't that instrument in her lap on the rather unclear cover picture? - the playing remains very delicate, making the vocals and lyrics the centre of all attention. The spellbinding atmosphere of this song is very English and "old" in a way. The arrangement is highly original and full of interesting details, such as the fast tap-tap-tap percussion pattern on the chorus.

All my praises above fit as well to the other song, 'Houdini'. Again, Kate takes you in the middle of the story, a scene, with a fin de siecle atmosphere. The inner movie behind your eyes could be black and white, or with a worn-out sepia tone. The sensual melodies are magical and the string arrangement makes the song simply a perfect piece of art. The cover of The Dreaming album refers to this song ("with a kiss I'd pass the key..."). I'm not sure how directly the lyrics follow the performance methods and fate of Harry Houdini, the famous chain king, but that's not important. The final minute or so is deeply moving, as if you had just seen a great film instead of only listening to a song. Eberhard Weber's bass is marvelous here. "...You, and I, and Rosabel, believe." Goosebumps!

The only thing to stop me rating this single with five stars is the fact that both songs are on the album. The Dreaming may not be this gorgeous all the time (in fact I don't like all tracks) but it's so unique entity that the separate single releases are a bit unnecessary.

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 December Will Be Magic Again by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
4.00 | 2 ratings

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December Will Be Magic Again
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars Just a little bit late for being right on time with this review, unless the Christmas season lasts till Twelfth Night. :) Shortly after the release of her third album Never For Ever, KATE BUSH released a single for Christmas. Containing two very pleasant non-album tracks, this really is a single I appreciate a lot. [I have the songs in my copy of "This Woman's Work" compilation CD.]

'December Will Be Magic Again' (4:51) sounds very much like the aforementioned studio album. There are moments in it that distantly remind me of the songs 'Blow Away' and 'The Wedding List', although this song is completely individual. It is dreamy, soft and romantic, full of her distinctive magic. Unlike with most season songs, I don't get tired of it even with multiple listenings, and one actually don't need a Christmas season for listening to it. My most negative remark is the difficulty to hear the lyrics right, due to her unique singing style. For example, I don't think she sings anything about Humphrey Bogart, but that's how I hear the two most repeated words. Of course I might find the lyrics from the Internet but I'm too lazy to try right now.

'Warm and Soothing' (2:43) is a tender and minor key piano-centred song. It has a near-twin in Kate's output: the erotically coloured ballad 'In the Warm Room' from Lionheart (1978). Well, this is melodically not quite that simply structured or as easy to follow textually. "Warm and soothing, that's how I remember home", it begins, and it seems that the lyrics go forward all through the song without having any repeated refrains or choruses. This fact naturally only helps the song not to wear off easily.

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 The Man With The Child In His Eyes by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1978
4.05 | 2 ratings

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The Man With The Child In His Eyes
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
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4 stars 'The Man With the Child in His Eyes' and 'Moving' are both outtakes from KATE BUSH's debut album The Kick Inside. I don't know in which order the album and its two singles - the other one being naturally the smash hit 'Wuthering Heights' inspired by Emily Bronte's classic novel - were released, but I think I've read somewhere Kate telling how the recording of 'The Man...' was the very first one. She was pretty nervous, and understandably so, with an orchestration backing her ethereal vocal performance. But unlike on some early live broadcast of 'Wuthering Heights' that I've seen on TV, nervousness doesn't show here. This song is among the softest she has ever done. The lyrics are perhaps rather naive, romantic daydreaming of a young introvert girl, but the composition is mature, as well as the arrangement. She was really lucky to work with exactly the right people. And WE the listeners are lucky!

'Moving' has always been among my favourite songs from that debut. She truly sounds like no one else; the dreamy song has a magical, otherworldly atmosphere. Wonderful songs, but five stars are in my principles reserved for singles that contain also a non-album track.

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 Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (2012 Remix) by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (2012 Remix)
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Star_Song_Age_Less

— First review of this album —
2 stars Firstly, Kate Bush is one of my favorite songwriters and performers. It therefore pains me to give anything of hers a measly two stars. However, Kate Bush's single "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (2012 Remix)" is a double-edged sword of good meets tragic... the odd duck in Bush's already odd pond.

When I first saw that a remix of "Running Up That Hill" had been released, I was excited and purchased it immediately. I also listened to it with a huge grin on my face the whole time. I loved it. The new leading vocal track clarified a lot of words that I had not been able to understand before, and Bush's older voice had a richer depth. So I thought, "great!"

Then a few days later, I decided to listen to the old version on The Hounds of Love. I expected to feel disappointed and want to listen to the new one again, but that's not what happened. Instead, the old, unaltered version brought me to higher heights and did its old trick - which I had forgotten about - of greatly creeping me out in parts (in a good way - in other words, it was emotionally moving for me). After it had ended, I felt confused. Why had I had such a strong reaction to the old version?

I replayed the 2012 remix. Then I listened to the old version and the remix back to back several times. Here are the differences: - The instrument and backing vocal parts in the remix, for some strange reason, were transposed down a half-step. I don't mean that they re-recorded them - they clearly didn't - but that they electronically manipulated all the audio except for the original lead vocals down a half step. (??!?!?) Why make such a decision? I did some reading and found that it was to accommodate Bush's now deeper voice... which also seems strange. It's only a half step, it's not going to make a whole lot of difference to the difficulty of singing it... but the electronic manipulation dulled the sound of everything in the background. The original version was so much brighter! - The old lead vocals were scrapped and new ones recorded. The annunciation is much clearer now (which is why I was excited at first). There's some richness to the voice that wasn't there before, and the effect on her voice is slightly different. However, upon further listening, I just felt that the original performance was better because it sounded more passionate and dynamic.

So, the pros: clearer lyrics, vocal richness. The cons: dull sound to everything but the lead vocal, less passion.

Here's the thing I find weird - if Bush really wanted to re-do "Running Up That Hill," why didn't she just actually re-do it? If she was too busy (and she has been busy according to the Fish People website), why not leave the instrument tracks alone and just sing it more clearly? Sacrificing everything else to the lead vocal isn't a good compromise. Even weirder, this song had already been remastered along with the rest of The Hounds of Love.

All this said, if you are like me and you love Kate Bush, you probably want to get this anyway since the lyrics truly are much more clear. I enjoyed hearing the new performance even if it didn't bring me to the emotional height of the old one. However, if you are looking for a good introduction to Kate Bush or if you're just a casual fan, I'd advise you to skip this remix and go straight to The Hounds of Love.

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 Hounds of Love by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1985
4.10 | 286 ratings

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Hounds of Love
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by ProggyDon

3 stars Like everyone else I'm currently caught up in Kate fever and in preparation for the shows I've been trawling through the likely material we'll be hearing live. She has produced some great pop, ballads and even prog but I'm sorry to say I just don't get the euphoria surrounding this album. Yes, it's good and it has some interesting ideas, but not any really memorable melodies. I'm all for experimentation and innovation - ironically it's what a lot of prog albums are sorely lacking - but it has to go hand in hand with strict quality control. Not all 'interesting' albums are necessarily good.

It's odd, this is one of those albums that is revered by everyone I know, it's treated with a 'holy' respect, and disrespecting it is a mortal sin! Yes that's a bit over the top but you know what I mean? I know I'm in a real minority here, but for me this is Kate Bush without the songs, or at least any recognisable song structure. I don't get The Ninth Wave - it feels so piecemeal to me, and Running Up That Hill is just a one line melody repeated endlessly!

Love Kate Bush and the fact that she's never been afraid to try new things, I'd just like a few hummable tunes on the Hounds of Love.

Phew, that was good to finally get off my chest

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 The Kick Inside by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.94 | 220 ratings

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The Kick Inside
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Xonty

4 stars Kate Bush is an artist that's had numerous musical peaks throughout her career (The Dreaming being her most experimental, Hounds Of Love her most complete and well-written), but "The Kick Inside" seems to be her magnum opus. A perfect combination of a rawly produced progressive record with a very warming eagerness to experiment, all laden with captivating melodies, her debut perhaps encapsulates my favourite version of the ever-changing Kate Bush.

"Moving" begins with a different but not exactly intriguing whalesong prelude, flowing into the main song. A beautifully crafted wistful air is instantly formed, and the lyrics and harmonies just leave you awestruck. There's so much going on, and the nymph-like "Lilies" section is another touch of magic. "The Saxophone Song" again strikes you with a gorgeous verse, and quite an underplayed, suppressed emotion (even sexuality), that almost bursts through with the sax but I think it's lacking a little somewhere. The intricate vocal work and chord progressions just about make up for this.

"Strange Phenomena" is, I suppose forces a hypnotic eeriness onto you, with an immediate augmented chord, but that's what makes up the album's rawness that keeps it more embedded and working with rock than pop. A typical Kate song on the whole, with a little something extra though. Now... "Kite" has to be the most unique song (and my most-listened-to) from the album. There's something so luxurious and irresistible in her voice that just purrs at you. I don't think anyone could ever match her dexterity and musicianship on here. This one track in particular just pours out of the speakers, and sounds so effortless and hedonistic.

Having now entered the chain of 4 consecutive Kate Bush classics, those gentle piano chords of "The Man With The Child In His Eyes". The chords seem a little jolting in some places, but they definitely grow on you. The chorus on the other hand is so original, and to think she wrote this at the tender age of 15... I'm that age now, and the fact that I know someone that young can compose something so otherworldly is inspirational to me, and I'm sure many others. This song alone spurs me on and lets me know that it can be done! "Wuthering Heights" similarly tells me that it's also possible to arrange and perform a number one progressive pop single by 17. This track is of course a mini-masterpiece in so many countless aspects of songwriting, and she still manages to attain a very intimate, honest narrative with the listener. It also takes a helluva lot of guts to release this as a debut song so soon after the apotheosis of British punk.

"James And The Cold Gun" has a bit more grit in it, with some bluesy but incredibly uplifting techniques and intrinsically powerful. I'd never have thought someone who could sing so gently could convey a heavy rocking track as is possible from a female teenage soprano to my knowledge. "Feel It" is regrettably where the album starts to go downhill. These final few songs are probably the reason why this gets a 4-star review (but incredibly close to a masterpiece). However, it is a gradual slope, and the courage to write such a blatantly sexual song as a female teenager certainly gets a lot of admiration from me. The frequent modulations during the chorus, and the almost-whispered storyline places this very far above mediocrity, and maintains the classy touch.

"Oh To Be In Love" has really grown on me recently, and I'm becoming more and more appreciative of her vocal technique here with every listen. As with all of her stuff, some of her best work! Very simplistic and elegant, but undeniably a very impressive little ditty. Not up there in the league of her greatest songs because it lacks a certain transcendental quality, but maybe her best love song. "L'Amour Looks Something Like You" has some excellent moments and just about keeps up with the remainder of her high standard songs, but the consistency begins to dissolve a tad more. Still captivating, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't quite have that extra dimension. Nothing wrong with it at all, just not the best song on here.

"Them Heavy People" is one of those songs I'm not sure if I should have an unrequited love for or be cringing at. Usually I do both, but I guess I'll have to pick sooner or later... The music and lyrics aren't as sophisticated as her other singles from "The Kick Inside" (e.g. Rolling the ball) but the narrative is particularly intriguing and kooky, as is her wild vocal style. Notably more far-fetched and risk-taking and that's kind of why I think I love it? "Room For The Life" kind of reminds me of a slow Ziggy song, with some additional prog ingredients thrown into the mix. This track was particularly average on first inspection, but as I've not had to listen so much to the first half hour, it's growing on me. Despite the repetitiveness, it's well-structured and has got a certain charm that I really can't not commend her on.

I'll refrain from saying that the title track is the low point of the album, but it could well be. Aside from the usual gracefulness of Kate, it lacks a punch and whilst it has the lavish chords and another incredible vocal delivery, it feels like it maybe had to be quickly written, as it feels more distant and not fully experiencable if I can say so. However, I'd like to end on a high note saying how this record in its entirety proves how prolific a songwriter she was at this fertile moment of her life. Countless artists have attempted to replicate the ingenuity of Kate and each one has failed. She will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come for the innate talents she was given, and this is where it all began.

B/A: How I'm moved.

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 Lionheart by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.33 | 160 ratings

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Lionheart
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

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
3.94 | 220 ratings

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The Kick Inside
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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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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