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4.04 | 7 ratings | 2 reviews | 43% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sat in Your Lap (3:30)
2. Lord of the Reedy River (2:41)

Total Time 6:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Band line up could not be verified for this single.

Releases information

Harvest (72866), EMI (EMI 5201)
Vinyl 7" single, 45 rpm

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(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(43%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (14%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Matti
4 stars The Dreaming (1982) saw Kate Bush really coming out as a strong, individual artist who bravely followed her own risk-taking musical visions as her own producer. The notoriously "difficult" album was preceded (15 months prior!) by this single that amazingly peaked at No. 11 despite being rather peculiar as a pop song.

It's notably faster and more percussive than her earlier output, having almost a frenzy atmosphere. I have actually never quite "got" it completely: it is said to deal with existential frustration and quest for knowledge. Nevertheless, I am impressed by its hilarious uniqueness.

The B sider is Kate's first cover, Donovan's 'Lord of the Reedy River'. I'm not familiar with the original, but I presume her version to be quite personal. The tempo is very slow, and her frail vocals are backed by delicate flute-reminding synths. Now this is a perfect example of an interesting, small-scale non-album song.

Review by DangHeck
4 stars And for me finally, I have entered into the singles for her magnum opus, The Dreaming (1982). "Sat in Your Lap" is the opener of that album, and a helluvan introduction to any work, I would say. As with these other singles, I was really looking forward to seeing the music video for this one. I'm surprised to say, somewhat, that I've never seen it before. This is the culmination of her more or less short-lived Art Pop era (beginning with Never For Ever, ending with The Sensual World). Always loved the compositional and lyrical progression of this song. The lyrics sort of whirlwind and change up from refrain to refrain. Super intense, from the vocals to the wordless percussion to the banging organ. From verse to verse, the video shows Kate rollerskating with two other dunces, and later with some bullheaded dancers and then some red-and-yellow jesters... I'm sure that's all poetically purposeful. ["Some say that knowledge is something sat in your lap / ...something that you never have."] Anyways, freaky-deak sh*t. One of her essentials, in my opinion.

The B-side is "Lord of the Reedy River", with quite the juxtaposition. A flutey Mellotron(?) softly accompanies Kate most eerily. Quieted, stylistically-consistent male backing vocals enter in in the second half. Haunting number. I like it. Worth a listen.

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