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Album Review

Four albums into her burgeoning career, Kate Bush's The Dreaming is a theatrical and abstract piece of work, as well as Bush's first effort in the production seat. She throws herself in head first, incorporating various vocal loops, sometimes campy, but always romantic and inquisitive of emotion. She's angry and pensive throughout the entire album, typically poetic while pushing around the notions of a male-dominated world. However, Kate Bush is a daydreamer. Unfortunately, The Dreaming, with all it's intricate mystical beauty, isn't fully embraced compared to her later work. Album opener "Sat in Your Lap" is a frightening slight on individual intellect, with a booming chorus echoing over throbbing percussion and a butchered brass section. "Leave It Open" is goth-like with Bush's dark brooding, which is a suspending scale of vocalic laments, but it's the vivacious and moody "Get Out of My House" that truly brings Bush's many talents for art and music to the forefront. It prances with dripping piano drops and gritty guitar, and the violent rage felt as she screams "Slamming," sparking a fury similar to what Tori Amos later ignited during her inception throughout the '90s. Not one to be in fear of fear, The Dreaming is one of Kate Bush's underrated achievements in depicting her own visions of love, relationships, and role play, not to mention a brilliant predecessor to the charming beauty of 1985's Hounds of Love.

Customer Reviews


The volcanic creativity and imagination of this album has yet to be outdone by any other artist, before or since. Though her own follow-up, 'Hounds Of Love', was a greater commercial success, it was tinged with a conscious attempt at commercial appeal. 'The Dreaming' is uncompromisingly at the height of Kate Bush's powers. Every track is a masterpiece of storytelling, vocal acrobatics and production wizardry. Almost 30 years after its release, it still amazes and astounds me. A classic - it deserves 10 stars!!

Finally ! This album is a masterpiece.

Brilliant. Every song is so good. Filled with emotion and quirky instrumentation.
Kate was and still is, waaaaaay ahead of the curve.
Sat in Your Lap and There Goes a Tenner are my favorites on this album.


I just discovered kate bush a week or so ago (im 16) and honestly, the first time i heard this album i was a bit baffled. But i am a musician so i am very open minded when it comes to music. The more i listen to this album the more i like it. I find myself listening through this album all day long. It just doesnt get old. It sounds so fresh. Kate Bush is simply a genious when it comes to music. Shes just amazing, the things she comes up with. She has become one of my greatest inspirations in just this short amount of time ive known her. Every album has its own sort of feel and character. So dont judge her so quick if youve only heard one of her songs. She is truely a legend and an amazing all around artist and very gifted woman. I would kill for one ounce of her talent :)


Born: July 30, 1958 in Bexleyheath, Kent, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most successful and popular solo female performers to come out of England during the last several decades of the 20th century, Kate Bush was also one of the most unusual, with her keening vocals and unusually literate and complex body of songs. As a girl, Catherine Bush studied piano and violin while attending the St. Joseph's Convent Grammar School in Abbey Wood in South London. She also amused herself playing an organ in the barn behind her parents' house. By the time she was a teenager,...
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