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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)

3.92 | 327 ratings
The Kick Inside
1978
3.34 | 226 ratings
Lionheart
1978
3.97 | 289 ratings
Never For Ever
1980
4.12 | 312 ratings
The Dreaming
1982
4.14 | 452 ratings
Hounds Of Love
1985
3.54 | 209 ratings
The Sensual World
1989
2.74 | 160 ratings
The Red Shoes
1993
3.85 | 258 ratings
Aerial
2005
2.84 | 85 ratings
Director's Cut
2011
3.81 | 161 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)

5.00 | 1 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
4.00 | 1 ratings
Sat in Your Lap
1981
4.00 | 3 ratings
There Goes a Tenner
1982
4.50 | 4 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
4.00 | 7 ratings
Wild Man
2011
2.09 | 2 ratings
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) (2012 Remix)
2012

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 The Sensual World by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.54 | 209 ratings

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The Sensual World
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars I have a hard time understanding just why this album isn't one of Kate Bush's more revered albums, especially in the progressive universe. While it's true it might be a little bit lesser than her previous albums, it is still an amazingly beautiful and diverse album and offers some of her most memorable songs, however, there is that feeling that the songs don't gel together as well as on past albums, but this should only be a minor flaw, as the songs on their own are very powerful, innovative and leave a lasting impression.

The album starts off with two strong tracks, the lush and sultry "The Sensual World" and the bold and driving "Love and Anger", both of which were released as singles and both did rather well. These are followed by the more experimental "The Fog" which show Bush at her most innovative, harkening back to some of the less accessible songs off of "Hounds of Love", mysterious and yet intriguing, her vocals doing things that other vocalists wouldn't dare try while using non-traditional (at least in a rock/pop setting) instruments, usually instruments that are folk instruments, yet hardly ever used together in the same setting. "Reaching Out" has one of Bush's most beautiful and emotional choruses ever, as she shows the power behind her dynamic singing. No one else can emote and utilize their voice as well as Kate Bush can, and that is why she is always one of my favorite artists. Tender and powerfully emotional, this is an amazing song. "Heads We're Dancing" ends the first side with an upbeat track that features Mick Karn's signature fretless bass.

The first few times I listened to this album, I had a hard time with the 2nd half of this album, especially because of the inclusion of the Bulgarian vocal ensemble "Trio Bulgarka" and I didn't like the way those vocals contrasted with the songs, sounding like they were just place there to be more artsy. But as time went on, I came to appreciate the inclusion of this, and now it all just seems natural. She uses the ensemble on 3 of the tracks on the 2nd side, including "Deeper Understanding" which has since become another of my favorite Bush songs. It is very obvious that, even though many think this was a commercial album for Bush, that she was still working to make it extremely innovative, and she succeeded. You can call it art pop if you want, to me it is still all amazingly original and excellent. "Between a Man and Woman" tends to reflect some of Bush's older material and I think would have fit easily on any of her previous albums. "Never Be Mine" again utilizes the Trio Bulgarka. Between this track and the previous one, I tend to believe is the reason that most of the public tends to discount the entire album. These two songs are arguably a bit easier to forget and tend to weaken the album a bit, but once the music from this album starts to find its way into your head, heart and soul, that these less interesting songs start to stand out a little more. Overall, this album is a grower, but that is also its strength, that you can go back to it and discover new things each time you hear it.

"Rocket's Tail" again uses the Trio Bulgarka, and this one is the least accessible of all of the songs on this album. Even though this track is difficult to get into, it was one that stood out at the very beginning for me. Much of the first half of the track is acapella, vocals divided by the main lyrics that Bush sings and the foreign words that the trio sings, and the melodies even contrast each other at times. Everything comes alive when David Gilmour finally kicks in with his guitar solo, and the track definitely stands out as his guitar and the foreign vocals make for a new and interesting experience. "This Woman's Work" was meant to end the album, and it did on the original vinyl version. This is one of Kate's most famous tracks, and also another of her most beautifully written and sung songs ever. It speaks for itself, and even though it has been covered by others, no one can express it like she can. So beautiful and emotional! It is a testament to her powerful songwriting and lyrical brilliance and if it is the song that most of the public will remember her by, then it is well deserved as such. The CD and cassette versions of the album also included the track "Walk Straight Down the Middle" which is a little out of place on this side of the album since it is pretty much the more inaccessible side, but it still works, and it ends up closing the album with another sultry performance from my most favorite female artist.

Even though it is a little bit weaker than its predecessors, it is still an album I love to listen to, and it still has some all time favorites of mine, but its weakness comes more in the way the tracks work more on an individual basis than they do in a cohesive way, and that is the only drawback from this excellent album. I was not a big fan of the album at first, but it grew on me as I became more familiar with each track, and now I consider it a favorite. But it doesn't quite reach the pinnacle of some of her other albums, but it still one that is worthwhile and I still consider it an excellent album.

 Aerial by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.85 | 258 ratings

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Aerial
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars The most progressive album by Kate Bush and the least departure from her original sound also making it harder to map this album to her. Kate Bush may have decided to make one of the most ambitious albums of her career or she just decided not to sleep on laurels. Song lengths are longer, ideas have more space to expand. From the first track with nice melody/motive with complex drums, to rhythm experimental "Pi", to modern "Joanni" with emotional vocals and excellent piano lines on "A coral room", she has plenty of nice surprises with depth for her listeners. The second disc is equally engaging. I like the hypnotic "Somewhere in between". Well recommended album by K.B., one of her best and the most progressive one.
 The Red Shoes by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1993
2.74 | 160 ratings

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The Red Shoes
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Starts strongly by very mid 80's sounding song and quite catchy melody "Rubberband girl" - it could actually be as well come from Madonna. The rest of the album is more reflective and has greater depth while not immediately always accessible. There are fewer proggy elements than on previous albums.

"And so is love" has a nice modern Hammond organ in the background with Claptonesque guitar solo. As usual, also on this album, Bush absorbs worldbeat elements such as the African "Eat the music".

"Moments of pleasure" is an excellent aching ballad with emotional vocals and strong piano. "The song of Solomon" reminds of late 70's Bush because of focus on vocals and piano. Celtic influences are reflected in the title track, it also has an interesting drum beat.

"Why should I love you" is probably the most known and catchy track together with "Rubberband girl", it features muscular bass guitar and creative guitar.

Overall, it is another fine album by Kate Bush.

 The Sensual World by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.54 | 209 ratings

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The Sensual World
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars If you listen to this album and her first ones from 1978, there is such a huge difference. Moved from songwriter pop with piano and vocals dominating characteristics to slightly more electronic sounds and less expressive vocal and more variety in arrangements.

Being original and creative is the common denominator, though.

The title track is a quite a laid-back track with Celtic influences whereas "Love and Anger" has a worldbeat/African rhythms. "The fog" is rich orchestral elements; the melody is quite subtle and of secondary importance.

"Reaching out" is a dramatic track with finally having vocal as the main contributor. I immediately liked "Heads we're dancing" due to the expressive electronic drums and jazzy guitar chords. "Never be mine" is a great ballad.

Good album with a few progressive rock touches.

 Hounds Of Love by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1985
4.14 | 452 ratings

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Hounds Of Love
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Modernized mid-80's sophisticated pop. The first song starts promising but never really evolves to a cresciendo and has an unfinished feeling in my opinion. The title track has more magic in it with melody and synths supporting, while singing does not always follow a straight forward melody. "The big sky" was another hit with world beat touches in its percussions.

"Cloudbusting" has a clever cello line in the background. Two tracks "Waking the witch" and "Under the ice" sound synthetic and a bit dull to me.

"Jig of love" takes an unexpected shift to Celtic melody and vitality, great experiment by Kate Bush, while the dramatic "Hello Earth" has a good depth with chorals.

This is a good output but not an essential album.

 The Dreaming by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1982
4.12 | 312 ratings

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The Dreaming
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Bush continues in creating another record of sophisticated pop with greatest level of experimentation so far and inspiration from Asian world music, mainly Japanese. The most progressive part of the record continues to be advanced and irregular rhythm patterns with progressive rock textures without losing accessibility. Singing is quite good and varied. "Sat in your lap" is a bit symphonic melodic track. "There goes a tenner" is a new-wave inspired song with a bit experimental vocals. "Pull out the pin" explores a bit of Japanese sounds while "Leave it open" has an interesting synth background with quite experimental flow - the most progressive song on the album. The title track offers Japanese electronic beats and little catchiness. "All the love" is a sublime ballad, stripped of layers of keyboards and focusing on bare piano with a delicious bass lines. 3.5 stars
 Never For Ever by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.97 | 289 ratings

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Never For Ever
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Kate Bush has update the sound on her third album in favour of more synths, textures and less natural piano playing. Songwriting remained equally strong and instrumental performance have moved a bit towards being more progressive.

The first song "Babooshka" is one of her most famous songs, very strong in melody and curious rhythm. All this packed in just a bit over 3 minutes.

"Delius (Song of summer)" is one of the biggest departures from the 70's sound of Bush with Collins'-like electronic drums and little vocals.

"All we ever look for" has Japanese hints and a nice motive prog-pop motive, 80's Genesis or Camel wouldn't be ashamed for such song either. "Egypt" offers very good progressive tetures and synths, with even some echoes of late fusion. "Violin" is of the hardest Bush songs and not far away from a combination of punk and violin type of Curved Air music.

"Army dreamers" has a clever 3/4 rhythm and instrumentation. "Breathing" is a soaring lightweight ballad.

 Lionheart by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.34 | 226 ratings

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Lionheart
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Kate Bush has put out two very gifted albums in her 20th year of life. They show how mature her songwriting and musicianship was. The second album showcases more sophisticated rhythms that are sometimes irregular.

The first ambitious "Symphony in blue" has nice guitar/piano (both electric/acoustic) textures a bit of rhythm experimentation in pop-sense. "In search of Peter Pan" has Banks influenced synth chords.

"Don't push your foot on the heartbrake" has some Peter Gabriel feeling. "Oh England my lionheart" is a soaring piano and vocal led track with flutes background. "Fullhouse" is the most progressive song on the album with late 70's prog feeling of nostalgy, complex rhytms. "Kashka from Baghdad" strangely does not has any oriental influences, it's a normal piano song.The catchy "Coffee homeground" has an old 20-30's feeling with marching pace - one of the highlights of the album.

"Hammer Horror" has a dramatic start and end, its combination of electronic drums at one point with more conventional songwriting is interesting.

 The Kick Inside by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.92 | 327 ratings

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The Kick Inside
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars A strong debut album by a gifted piano player, composer with original high-pitched voice. Not surprisingly, songs are piano oriented with mellow arrangements and a touch of progressive rock textures while being rooted in songwriter pop. However, compositions are more ambitious than commercial pop likes. I like the hit "Wuthering heights" and the final title cut for its epic feeling. "The saxophone song" has indeed saxophone and Canterbury feeling in it. "The man with child in his eyes" is a strong and effective ballad, perhaps hinting at Elton John's influence due to orchestration, sad feeling and piano.

This is a great pop album and a non-essential crossover prog.

 The Dreaming by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 1982
4.12 | 312 ratings

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The Dreaming
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog 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.

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