506. Kate Bush - The Dreaming (1982)
1. Sat In Your Lap
2. There Goes A Tenner
3. Pull Out The Pin
4. Suspended In Gaffa
5. Leave It Open
7. Night Of The Swallow
8. All The Love
10. Get Out Of My House
Here we go with the first Kate Bush album on the list, I actually think that The Kick Inside should have been here, a great album with the possible exception of the overplayed Wuthering Heights. Now this album has no such problem of overplaying, and that makes it a more special experience.
I must say it is not only that but also the sheer strangeness of the music, that spread beauty and horror in such a great way that it soon stops sounding that strange as you get used to the album. The first impact will, however, be one of weirdness, but that is followed by a more mature appreciation of how great the music simply is.
Bush has always been an original performer, and in this album that originality comes to the fore, there is nothing else like it in the world, but there are plenty of imitators, you get glimpses of Tori Amos, Bjork, Goldfrapp and so many other things here, but of course none of those, great as they are in their own right, ever did anything exactly or even similar to this. This is a feast of experimentation that succeeds by being rooted in beauty rather than cerebral wankery. Strange and beautiful.
All of them, but If I had to choose:
2. Suspended in Gaffa
3. There Goes A Tenner
4. Get Out Of My House
Bush was in her early twenties when making the album and tended to look outside herself for sources of inspiration. She drew on old crime films ("There Goes A Tenner"), a documentary about the war in Vietnam ("Pull Out The Pin"), the plight of Indigenous Australians ("The Dreaming"), the life of Houdini ("Houdini") and Stanley Kubrick's film of Stephen King's novel The Shining ("Get Out Of My House"). There are a few more personal tracks, though: the lead single, "Sat In Your Lap", examines feelings of self-doubt versus burning self-confidence and the search for a balance between the two, while "Leave It Open" speaks of the need to acknowledge and express the darker sides of one's personality (within the greater context of maintaining an open mind). Bush herself has called The Dreaming her "I've gone mad album".
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