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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 | 310 ratings
The Kick Inside
1978
3.34 | 214 ratings
Lionheart
1978
3.97 | 272 ratings
Never For Ever
1980
4.09 | 287 ratings
The Dreaming
1982
4.15 | 416 ratings
Hounds Of Love
1985
3.51 | 195 ratings
The Sensual World
1989
2.71 | 147 ratings
The Red Shoes
1993
3.81 | 244 ratings
Aerial
2005
2.84 | 81 ratings
Director's Cut
2011
3.79 | 149 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
4.11 | 25 ratings
Before The Dawn
2016

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

4.27 | 19 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)

3.55 | 65 ratings
The Whole Story
1986
3.73 | 24 ratings
This Woman's Work
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Moments of Pleasure - The Best Works 1978 - 1993
1993
4.00 | 1 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
3.67 | 3 ratings
Wuthering Heights
1978
2.65 | 12 ratings
On Stage
1979
5.00 | 1 ratings
Babooshka / Ran Tan Waltz
1980
5.00 | 2 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 | 3 ratings
There Goes a Tenner
1982
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Dreaming
1982
3.33 | 3 ratings
Suspended in Gaffa
1982
4.05 | 3 ratings
Night of the Swallow
1983
4.91 | 3 ratings
Running Up That Hill
1985
3.75 | 4 ratings
Cloudbusting
1985
3.82 | 9 ratings
Experiment IV
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Man With The Child In His Eyes / Sat In Your Lap
1986
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
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 Whole Story VHS by BUSH, KATE album cover DVD/Video, 1986
4.06 | 17 ratings

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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
4.27 | 19 ratings

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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 | 416 ratings

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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 | 310 ratings

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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 Brontë 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 | 214 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 | 310 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 | 416 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

Take care and enjoy God's gift of music!

 Aerial by BUSH, KATE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.81 | 244 ratings

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Aerial
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

5 stars After taking a long break from touring and recording, Kate Bush returned with this excellent double album. Sounding nothing like her previous album 'The Red Shoes', or really any of her other albums, this album shows mostly her strengths of songwriting and composition. For the most part, it is quite ambient, some songs with rhythm and some are just Kate and a piano. The real center of this album is Kate's beautiful and unique voice, and just like before, she has all kinds of vocal tricks up her sleeve.

Kate wanted to do a double album where each album focused on 2 different things. The first record is called 'A Sea of Honey' where each song is about a different person. The first one is an up-tempo song about Elvis and wondering what kinds of things he would be thinking about if he is alive somewhere out there. This was the only single to be released off this album, and it is also the oldest song on the album, written a few years before, but Kate never felt comfortable with it until now. 'Pi' is a mid tempo song with Kate singing in a dreamy yet surprisingly dynamic voice about a mathematician who has a fixation on numbers. The amazing thing is when she sings the endless number that represents Pi, and how she does it with so much emotion, like someone that actually has this personal attachment to numbers. This is something only Kate could do. 'Bertie' is about Kate's son, who was kept secret until Peter Gabriel spilled the beans to a reporter. This is an emotional and personal song. Her son was one of the main reasons why Kate took such a long sabbatical, she wanted to be involved in her son's life. The next song is 'Mrs. Bartolozzi' is a beautiful and emotional song about a fictional woman who basically has not much of a life, that when she washes her clothes, she stares into the washer and imagines it is a huge sea with waves crashing around. This turns into a romantic fantasy of sorts that is very sad that a washing machine is the one thing that takes her away from her mundane existence. This song is just Kate and a piano, but there is so much depth to this one that it is all you need.

'How to Be Invisible' is one of my favorites. It has a good beat to it, yet it stays slightly subdued. There is also a great guitar hook throughout the song that drives it forward. A very beautiful melody and catchy. Some have accused Kate of copying Radiohead's song 'How to Disappear' from 'Kid A', because both songs are about a book who's subject is disappearing. Kate said that if she had known that, she wouldn't have written the song, so I am personally glad she didn't know it. One of her biggest fears is writing a song that sounds like someone else's. The song is about a person that wants to become invisible. 'Joanni' is a mid tempo song about Joan of Arc. This one hasn't really phased me much yet, but it is a little more complicated, so I will give it time. Last of all on this half of the album, is 'A Choral Room', which is a portrait of Kate's mother and memories of her up to and including her death. This one is very personal and you feel Kate's love and heartache in her voice. This one is also just Kate and a piano, with a short interlude sung by Michael Wood.

The second record is entirely a suite of songs called 'An Endless Sky of Honey' which is about any day following the movement of light and birds. It starts off with a 'Prelude', which is the sounds of birds with synths and piano and Kate's son Bertie reciting a short spoken word passage. This follows into 'Prologue' and moves immediately to the afternoon. This one is mostly Kate's voice and a piano, but the difference between this one and the minimal tracks on the first record is this one is much more structured. 'An Architect's Dream' has a mid tempo beat driven by what sounds like bongos, but very softly. Keyboards and synths provide the instrumental background. It talks about an artist working (inspired by the painting 'Fishermen') and how the lines in the painting are like an architect's dream. 'The Painter's Link' is a short interlude where time moves into late afternoon and the painter's painting gets washed into a picture to streams of color. 'Sunset' is more of a soft jazzy number. In this one, the painter's colors transform into the sunset. The music builds into a faster rhythm, keeping with the jazz feel. Very nice. 'Ariel Tal' is another short interlude with birdsong and Kate starts to mimic the sound through wordless vocals as if she is talking to the birds. Even if it may sound corny on the surface, I love this carefree sound. 'Somewhere In Between' is everything you love about Kate Bush's music. Nice, lush instrumentation and Kate's beautiful voice. This one is my favorite on this part of the album. Gary Brooker is doing the male vocals here. The day moves into twilight as Kate reminisces about a romantic encounter. This one is simply beautiful.

The next track is 'Nocturn', which means we have reached nighttime. Kate and her lover go driving to the beach and spend the night swimming. This one seems less structured at first, but moves into a mid tempo with a driving rhythm. From the lyrics in this song and throughout the suite, Kate paints everything, every scene, just like a painting through her words. That is the main strength of this track especially as she treats the experience as a painting come to life. There is an instrumental section and then the sun starts to rise as the lovers realize they have spent the entire night there. The light climbs up an aerial and the reflection is blinding and the dreamers are waking. Next comes the title track 'Aerial'. The song builds with a driving rhythm as Kate wishes to climb up high with the sun and the birds. She starts mimicking the birds again and singing wordless vocals and laughing, expressing joy and excitement of a new day and the beauty of life and birdsong. Soon and instrumental section begins, percussion drives to Kate's vocals again. She makes us all want to be up on the roof, and soon after guitar and keyboards have an interlude again, a sampled chorus joins her on the roof.

This is an amazing album from an amazing talent, one of her absolute best. If you missed out on this one, then you need to get it for it's beauty and its progressive sound. Like I said before, it is mostly ambient, but it also has some surprisingly driving melodies also. Nothing is formulaic as far as traditional songwriting and singing goes. However, it is very accessible, but never predictable. The first record of the double album is probably more loose and improvisational sounding, where as the second record is more structured, but almost all of it has that ambient feeling to it, which only drives the beauty of it all. This is a must have for progressive rock lovers, especially for Kate Bush fans. It is an amazing album that never gets tiring. You will grow to love it more as you get more familiar with it also. 5 glowing stars for this one.

 Running Up That Hill by BUSH, KATE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1985
4.91 | 3 ratings

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Running Up That Hill
Kate Bush Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

5 stars 'Running Up That Hill' was a hit single across Europe, and also in the USA it reached Top 30. Even today it feels so effective that, with the well-done music video accompanying the song, it simply had to make an impact back then. On one hand, it's very accessible with the ear-sticking beat and the emphasis on chorus, and on the other hand it's carefully designed art-pop with sounds that were pretty unique. Rarely the hit potential and the artistic depth are combined so perfectly in popular music.

Here's some background information (copied from Wikipedia): "Representatives at EMI were hesitant to release the song with its original title of 'A Deal with God' owing to possible negative reception because of its use of the word God. Bush relented and changed the title. However, the album version of the song is listed as 'Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)'. The executives of EMI initially wanted to release another song, 'Cloudbusting', as the lead single from the album. Bush successfully persuaded them to release 'Running Up That Hill' first, claiming that it was the first song written for the album, and felt that it better represented the broader feel for Hounds of Love."

As good as the main song is, I wouldn't rate the single five stars unless the B-sider wasn't a fantastic non-album song. 'Under the Ivy' is a melancholic, slightly folkish song with a ripped-down arrangement, leaving lot of space for Kate's voice to shine as beautifully as ever. Having known the song for a long time from the Hounds of Love reissue, it's among my Top Ten of Kate Bush tracks. Absolutely lovely and deeply moving -- even without really understanding the lyrical message of it.

Thanks to fishy for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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