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The Dreaming

Kate Bush

1982

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The Dreaming
Album Summary

The Dreaming is the fourth studio album by English art rock singer Kate Bush, released on 13 September 1982 by EMI Records. Recorded over two years, the album was produced entirely by Bush and is often characterised as her most uncommercial and experimental release. The Dreaming peaked at No. 3 on the UK album chart and has been certified Silver by the BPI, but initially sold less than its predecessors and was met with mixed critical reception. Five singles from the album were released, including the UK No. 11 "Sat in Your Lap" and the title track. The critical standing of the album has improved significantly in recent decades. A public poll conducted by NPR ranked The Dreaming as the 24th greatest album ever made by a female artist. Slant Magazine listed the album at No. 71 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s". It is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, the Mojo "Top 50 Eccentric Albums of All Time" list and The Word magazine's "Great Underrated Albums of Our Time" list. Musicians such as Björk and Big Boi have cited The Dreaming as one of their favourite albums.

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2.94

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Genres
Pop
Rock
New Wave
Singer Songwriter

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Fri Aug 13 2021
1

I don't know what to say. All that comes to mind is a cat starching at my balls. Scratchy and painful this is album hurts. .00000001 out of 5 and only because it could be used to torture terrorists. Kate owes the world an apology. Bonus note: There's actual donkey noises on Get Out of My House. WTF and why?

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

I know nothing about Kate Bush, but apparently this is noted as her least accessible, most experimental album. Maybe not the best place to start, but I really like it. Plus she produced the entire album, which is always impressive. The beats are very unconventional and feature some intriguing samples. I don't pay much attention to lyrics on first listens, but her voice is good. I really dig this because I didn't know what to expect on any given track. New genres, new sounds and instruments, new vocal delivery patterns. Kept me on my toes in a good way. Favorite tracks: Leave It Open, All the Love, Pull Out the Pin, Suspended in Gaffa. Album art: I really like this one. It feels like a dream--I'm assuming that's Kate Bush on the cover, with a ring in her mouth, about to kiss a man in chains. This album really does look and sound like the crazy dream of some more ordinary pop artist. The text and framing is nice too. 4/5

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Wed Jan 12 2022
5

Definitely an album you have to spend more time with to really appreciate. Multiple listening sessions and reading about the background of the songs bring the album to life. I'm now listening to it for the 3rd time and loving it as never before, in all its weirdness.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Absolutely lush and gorgeous. Bush's voice and compositions are incredible, mind-bending, this album is perfect. Suspended in Gaffa is the new national anthem now, okay?

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

I am not too familiar with KATE BUSH; however, I have heard a few songs and seen a few videos very recently from the recommendation from my nephew. The overall feeling is that I like it, but it’ll take further investigation and listening to solidify my opinion. After listening to THE DREAMING, I initially found it difficult getting used to the vocals being high-pitched, speeding up and down, creating sounds and yelping within the soundscapes. It takes a bit of work to get accustomed to, but after a number of tries I did find that having the lyrics while listening to the songs are a major step in presenting the story that Kate is presenting. She is a pretty vivid storyteller, and your imagination goes to work fairly quickly with the lyrics. You still may have a tough time grasping everything but that the love of the journey that Kate wants to take us on. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, THE DREAMING is the first of two other releases immediately following that are included: HOUNDS OF LOVE (1985) THE SENSUAL WORLD (1989). I’m looking forward to immerging myself in these two albums. Rate Artist: KATE BUSH (5.0) Rate Album (Year): THE DREAMING (1982 Original) (5.0) Ranking of KATE BUSH - THE DREAMING songs 01. "Sat in Your Lap" 3:29 10.0/10 02. "There Goes a Tenner" 3:24 10.0/10 03. "Pull Out the Pin" 5:26 09.5/10 04. "Suspended in Gaffa" 3:54 10.0/10 05. "Leave It Open" 3:20 09.5/10 06. "The Dreaming" 4:41 10.0/10 07. "Night of the Swallow" 5:22 08.0/10 08. "All the Love" 4:29 10.0/10 09. "Houdini" 3:48 09.0/10 10. "Get Out of My House" 5:25 10.0/10 Original 1982 Release 96.0/100 = 9.6 / 2 = 4.8

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

Any album that ends with a choir personifying donkeys is fine by me. I had never heard this before, but I have defo heard its influence, it is still influencing albums to this day.

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Mon May 31 2021
1

I'm sorry, what? What the hell did I just listen to? What's that? "Experimental" you say? Listen, mate. You can't just say something is "experimental" as though that excuses everything. It's shite. Unlistenable shite. Call it what it is.

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Mon May 24 2021
1

I know people who LOVE this kind of music, but not for me. The kind of music I’d hear when being forced to go to the theater for a school assignment in college

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Sat May 22 2021
5

There is good and bad from the 80s. This is the Good.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

"The Dreaming" is the fourth in a series of five albums by Kate Bush (her first five ones!) to reach a almost perfect sound of progressive pop and rock, with avant-garde instrumentation and production. This is, in this stint of five, her most experimental record and the most maximalistic one, blending genres in a way that was only possible because she had access to cutting edge recording machinery and creative control on the result - a rare feat for a woman in 1984. The talks about existencialism, the pursue of knowledge, sex, godly desires and even colonialism, but there are also songs with narrative, like "There Goes a Tenner" and "Night of the Swallow". The very well crafted lyricism of Bush's songs clashes beautifuly with the instruments of each song, with a lot of percussion punctuating the rhythms as she tells her stories with a voice that never sounded more mature. The single "Suspended in Gaffa" almost sums up what the record is about, with a baroque piano, the mandolin and the synclavier playing around, conducting a strong feeling of pursuing things that one really wants but can't seem to be able to experience or reach again - a common theme of Bush lyrics throughout her career.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

When I’ve introduced people to Kate Bush, I always start with Hounds of Love, The Sensual World, or The Whole Story. I’m don’t recall ever sharing The Dreaming with anyone. This is despite its status - right there with Radiohead’s OK Computer - as favorite album ever. Yet I have a lot of trepidation about The Dreaming appearing here. The Dreaming is an exceptional work that towers large in Kate Bush's formidable catalog. If her albums were torn from my collection this would be the one you’ll find me clinging to desperately to the end. The Dreaming is packed with incredible drama: The caper that goes wrong in “There Goes A Tenner.” The futility of trying to recapture a moment in "Suspended in Gaffa." The exploration of the Vietnam conflict from two very human perspectives in the devastating “Pull Out The Pin”. Colonial conflict between Aboriginal Australians and the British in the title track. A desperate plea to dissuade a lover from a fateful smuggling trip in “Night of the Swallow.” Houdini’s widow’s intense effort to reconnect with her dead lover. An epic domestic battle in “Get Out of My House.” This list still just scratches the surface… every song is a literal or figurative journey that after hundreds and hundreds of listens continue to move me. Every song has incredible lyrical power and takes big chances musically. Every song is one of my favorite songs. I started to read a few of the critical reactions to this on the wikipedia page and reviews on this site but didn’t get far. Usually I find others’ reactions very interesting and enjoy other perspectives, agree or disagree. I must admit I have little desire to view The Dreaming from any perspective other than my adoring own.

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Fri Aug 25 2023
5

This album has officially converted me - Kate Bush is far more talented & creative than I originally gave her credit for. What a challenging & thrilling listen. This album moved me so much that I played the album twice. It's creative, odd, eccentric, theatrical, brooding, and bold. I'm surprised that I enjoyed this more than her commercially successful albums. I honestly never thought I'd get around to truly enjoying her work, but I'm REALLY into this. 4.5

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

3/30 Certainly very dreamy, lot of creatively structured songs here, love the range of voices she showcased. Standout Tracks: There Goes A Tenner, Pull Out The Pin, All The Love, Get Out Of My House

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Still sounds like nothing I ever heard, combing pop sensibilities with theatrical, prog-esque song structures.

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Tue Jul 25 2023
4

Brilliant, baffling, borderline bamboozling, bizarre Bush.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Though it's not instantly a favorite, I can understand Kate Bush's lasting influence on experimental pop. Brave and assured, if sometimes cheekier and campier than I prefer personally. I do love the muted bass and some of the synthesized sounds, which often seem well ahead of their time. This is an album and artist that will probably reward repeated listens.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

well that was freakin weird. Couple decent songs though.

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Tue Oct 27 2020
5

hey i have this in my musicbee library!!!!

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Sat May 01 2021
5

Totalmente desquiciado, esta joyita suena actual y tiene 40 años. Totalmente producido por ella misma, a veces suena a Bjork, a veces a M.I.A., siempre a Bush. Precursor de todo. Experimental al máximo. Fantástico.

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Thu Aug 24 2023
5

Spooky! Not a huge serotonin generator but I love that she's doing what she wants.

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Fri Aug 25 2023
5

"Some say that knowledge is oh-ho-ho" I know this album well and Sat In Your Lap has been on my regular playlist for the last few months, one of my favourite KB songs. The Dreaming is just the maddest song ever. I don't really enjoy the mock cockney moments, but the rest of it is so purely original that it would be a sin to give it less than five stars.

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Fri Aug 25 2023
5

Can't wait for the Stranger Things crowd to claw their ears off when they listen to this LP. The Dreaming is denser than all fuck and is my go-to reasoning for why Kate Bush belongs in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame despite being "just a Pop artist". The ending of Get Out of My House puts nearly any Rock band to shame, just masterclass stuff all around.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

I think at this point I can say I fully stan Kate Bush. This record is good, lot of really whacky stuff

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Kate Bush nous avait déjà bien surpris avec son album The Sensual World. Celle qui apparaît dans la section "inspiration" de n'importe quelle page Wikipédia existante dont celle de Toni Kroos ne déçoit pas sur The Dreaming. Après une entrée en matière qui se réserve bien de casser trois pattes chez un même canard, Kate lâche un cheat code avec l'apparition d'une cornemuse sur le morceau Night Of The Swallow. Pour notre plus grand plaisir.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Very eccentric, impressive vocals, not always catchy songs but always arresting and interesting. Clear influence on Lorde, Sia, Marina and the Diamonds, and Florence + the machine. Pull out the pin, suspended in gaffa, and get out of my house were my top tracks

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

epic, mysterious, ambitious, dramatic and singular

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Fri Jul 21 2023
4

I actually enjoyed that album

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Wed Oct 11 2023
4

I am the concierge chez-moi, honey Won't let ya in for love, nor money Let me in My home, my joy I'm barred and bolted and I Won't let you in Get out of my house Its like a demented pop opera, way ahead of its time. 4/5

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Sat May 22 2021
3

This is gonna need some chewing. Some parts of it I absolutely adored, and other parts I could not stand. It’s getting a 3 for now, but that’s more of a stand in. This album deserves to steep for a while.

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Fri Aug 18 2023
3

Ok album. Made me lose a lot of respect for Tori Amos as an innovator, she copied this whole aesthetic and style hard

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Fri Aug 18 2023
3

A welcome relief after hearing ‘Running Up That Hill’ nonstop for the past year. Great to see an artist get weird with it and push the boundaries of what’s expected - not every track works here (the donkey sounds are a questionable choice, I gotta admit) but this is by far one of the most creative LPs I’ve had on this project in a while.

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Fri Aug 04 2023
2

First time listening to any Kate Bush. I appreciate the uniqueness here, but it's a bit too weird for me to actually enjoy. She might be more of an acquired taste.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
1

I’m sorry, 20 seconds into the first song, I couldn’t stop laughing. I have a good tolerance for nonsense, but seriously?

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Fri Jul 21 2023
1

The summary of today's album states that it "is often characterised as her most uncommercial and experimental release." and it "initially sold less than its predecessors and was met with mixed critical reception." For fuck sakes, why are duds like this included in this fucking generator? If the album was shit then, it is shit now. I hate Kate Bush anyways, let alone an experimental album that sold poorly. I am not looking forward to this album at all. This album is literally as irritating as nails on a chalkboard. Kate Bush's voice is so fucking annoying. If she'd just sing the songs, that'd be one thing, but she opts to scream and moan quite a bit. She also puts her vocals in a range that I can only describe as Japanese geisha pop. She sounds like a pre-pubescent Japanese girl. In that range I have no fucking idea what she is saying, it could be japanese for all I know. Not that it matters, her vocals are nonsense anyways. Nowhere on this piece of shit album was there ever anything that resembled song structure, or music at all. It was all just noise, and random screeching. Overall, exactly what I thought it would be, pure garbage. Just because Bjork said she likes the album, doesn't mean it has any right to be on a list like this. This influenced nothing, and is just simply a huge pile of bullshit, just like everything else Kate Bush ever put to record. This was a waste of 43 minutes. Fuck Kate Bush. Favourite songs: Houdini.... I guess Least favourite songs: Sat In Your Lap, There Goes a Tenner, Suspended in Gaffa, Leave it Open, The Dreaming, All the Love, Night of the Swallow, Get Out of My House, Pull Out the Pin 1/5

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Fri Dec 15 2023
1

I do not get Kate Bush. This sounds like a parody of a rock opera.

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Wed Feb 07 2024
1

Possibly the worst album I've ever heard. She should start a band with Yoko Ono.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Some of these hits have such great rifts, like running up that hill, her voice is so punchy and the music very dynamic. Really good

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Eins vorab: Bloß kein schlechtes Wiedergabegerät wählen!!! Denn was hier musikalisch durchkommen will, ist keine leichte dafür aber für offene - oder lediglich von headphones verstopfte - Ohren sehr rewarding, üppig, krass das Attribut ‚vielschichtig‘ an seine Grenzen pressende Kost. Bei kongenialer/geistiger Schwester Laurie Anderson steht das erlebte Klang-Experiment im Vordergrund, doch Kate Bush schiebt ihre Kompositionsmonster wie bspw. „Houdini“ auf der zu engen Kleinkunst Bühne gen Pop-Song/Micro-Epos. Wurden viele Frauen in den letzten Jahrzehnten fremd- oder selbstbestimmt als ihre Inkarnationen gefeiert (Julia Holter) so erkenne ich in der Sparks’schen Theatralik als gegenwärtigste Entsprechung das Falsett Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe und die eerie soundscapes vom The Knife Spätwerk „Shaking the Habitual“. Ein brutales Stück Kunst und ich hab da nicht mal die Texte beachtet. Fang ich gar nicht erst an, sprengt jeden Rahmen. Aber das Album so zu nennen und den Titeltrack auch an dieser aboriginalen Erinnerungskunst zu orientieren, um damit dem Album ein sehr exzeptionelles Stück zur Namensgebung zu verpassen, macht den inneren Sherlock aufmerksamer für jede falsche Fährte. Genius 4.8

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Sat May 22 2021
5

lovely lovely lovely Kate Bush, she's like the UR/OG Bjork

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

This is such a fun listen! Watching the music videos definitely helped make the experience more enjoyable because you can see her weirdness and eclectic style come out. Houdini is the pop version of Western Emo haha

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

I dreamed a dream and it was kinda great

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Wed Jan 12 2022
5

It is very nice to this album on the list, as I always thought the common view was that the album was a bit of a failure with musical experiments that did not fully worked. Something I never understood: the music is great, and I still much enjoy listening to it. OK, Hounds of Love is quite a bit of an improvement, but this one is also definitely 5 star.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

An artful, whimsical delight. Gorgeous arrangements. Powerful, frequently surprising vocals. Unabashedly, unapologetically weird and all the more endearing for it. Kate Bush is an acquired taste, but she's also a once in a lifetime talent. I've been listening to her for 40 years and this album just gets better with every listen. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Suspended in Gaffa, Sat in Your Lap, All the Love, Houdini, Night of the Swallow, Get Out of My House, Leave It Open, The Dreaming, Pull the Pin Out, There Goes a Tenner

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Sun Apr 17 2022
5

Love the unique sound. Also, the album has a good progression, so it doesn't get repetitive.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
5

At times quirky, at times dramatic, experimental music with a sense of craft. Right up my street. I can't figure out the meaning of the cover art though. 

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Fri May 20 2022
5

You can definitely tell why Bjork expressed admiration for this album

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

I’m so glad I’ve listened to this many times before because my appreciation for it has only grown with each listen

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Sun Jun 05 2022
5

Cant believe I haven’t heard this full album before! Amazing

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

Wowwowwow. Complicated and strange in the best possible ways, this album maxes out the scale for originality. Unsettling, beautiful, and totally badass.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

This was an awesome Kate Bush album. So interesting musically and lyrically.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

This album is just cool. Kate Bush does all kinds of cool things with percussion, instrumentation, and her voice! Her songs each have cool stories. Cool cool cool.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
5

I'm still with Hounds of Love for peak Kate, but is this truly her most experimental album? Yes.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Eclectic, unique, and worth a re-listening!

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

One of Kate Bush's more challenging albums. There aren't a lot of pop hooks to latch onto so dont go in expecting the sensual world or hounds of love. This is active listening material - not something to put on in the background. What may appear chaotic at first listen is a brilliantly orchestrated album of sharp, rhythmic layers of drums, piano, synths, guitars, and multiple vocal tracks. Kate Bush is one of the greatest vocalists of our time and this album deserves multiple listens.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

One of my all time favorites 10/10

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Kate Bush is weird. Having said that, I absolutely adore this album. Her songs are mini suites with lessons in contrast, layering, and idiosyncrasy. He unusual lyrics and placement of vocal lines border on baroque and she is a master of building and releasing tension. Her interesting use of typical new wave instrumentation leads to interesting sounds that remind of some contemporary artists such as St. Vincent. Overall, this album is a experimental pop masterpiece and even if her seminal ‘Hounds of Love’ is better developed, ‘The Dreaming’ is still a phenomenal album.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Wow this album is so original and unpredictable . It’s so weird and cool and It sounds way ahead of its time. She is a very expressive singer with a unique voice. The songwriting and arranging are great and there is some of the most beautiful fretless bass playing on this record.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Kate Bush is magical and on The Dreaming she opens up her magical dreamland for all of us to enter. The record is ambitious, theatrical and full of sound bites and untraditional production fitting for a highly untraditional artist. 'Sat In Your Lap' is an incredibly powerful opener, but like a well-written piece of fiction, Bush makes sure to include both intense stretches and parts more suitable for reflection on the record. Baroque instrumentation floods the album with vocal inspired equally by Shakespearean readings as by Chinese operas ('Suspended In Gaffa'). And what vocal Kate Bush has. Dramatic, theatrical and with an incredible range. The vocal production is as adventurous as Bush ('Leave It Open') - her hoarse intensity on 'Night of the Swallow' is beyond belief. And what a tune! The Dreaming is simply a power performance by one of the most iconic voices ever. And just in case anyone had any doubt, it's quite evident: without Kate Bush, no Björk

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Sun Nov 20 2022
5

Absolutely incredible and still only the third best Kate Bush album

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Wed Dec 14 2022
5

I'm a big fan of Kate Bush and this is a great album. Really enjoyed Sat In Your Lap, Suspended in Gaffa, and The Dreaming.

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Wed Jan 04 2023
5

What a great week it's been for 1001! We just got PJ Harvey's most commercial release and it's followed by Kate Bush's least commercial and most avant garde. This is such an original album, I keep wondering who her influences might have been. I was thinking Tom Waits maybe, but Tom didn't start his weird phase until 1983, a year after that this album was released. I know she had a Peter Gabriel producer and the overall rhythm reminded me a bit of the "Security" album - but in the end Kate is unique and doesn't really need any influences. I love someone who isn't afraid to sound different and the song-writing is strong. The first 7 songs are 5 stars for me. It eases up a bit from there and the last track is a jarring. I'm between a 4 and a 5 but I gave Hounds of Love a 4 and for me this is a more exciting and eclectic album.

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Thu Feb 16 2023
5

Until today, I had never listened to an entire Kate Bush album. Which is weird, because in college I practically wore out a copy of her greatest hits collection, The Whole Story. But yet somehow I never got around to picking up any of her albums. Earlier this year, when Stranger Things brought her back into the public's eye, I made an attempt to listen to The Hounds of Love, but I got distracted and never got around to finishing it. Anyway, I'm glad I finally got to listen to this, as I'd always been captivated by its cover. I've always been stunned by her vocal range, but damn on this album she's just flat out ridiculous, sometimes becoming four or five different characters in a single song. No wonder she worked with Peter Gabriel as their two approaches to singing are so similar. There's a lot to digest on this album and my one listen isn't going to be enough to fully "get it," but I'm going to go ahead and give this a full five-star review, just for its sheer audacity (these aren't even songs as much as they're experiences. Whole worlds are contained therein) and for her bravura performances. It's possible this will settle into four-star territory as I become more familiar, but I'll give her the benefit of the doubt.

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Thu Feb 16 2023
5

So far, this week is an exploration of my CD collection. I LOVE this album. I realize it may make some folks run for the hills, but not me. I discovered Kate Bush via Hounds of Love, at the time of its release, browsing through a record store — bought it on vinyl. I was immediately smitten, that album is genius. So I went out and bought this album on CD, the release that precedes Hounds, and I was forever a Kate Bush devotee. I was blown away by her willingness to follow every idea down the rabbit hole as far as it went. I was thrilled by her bravery as an artist, to go out on a limb over and over again. And in the end, I really just love these songs. The opening drums and stilted rhythm of the opening track is a great introduction to the album. So many elements that get featured in the course of the record are included here. I get chills during "Leave It Open," Night Of The Swallow," and "All The Love" (great opening line to that song); "Get Out Of My House" is an sonic journey from shimmering guitar to braying vocalists that slays me every time; I remember a buddy from college freaking out on me for turning him on to "Houdini" (it was like a horror film that got under his skin). Hell, every song on this album goes in a direction you couldn't have expected. There's not a track I don't love. Bush is a singular songwriter and producer who sits atop many an artists' list of influences, and this is her at her most manic and chaotic and inventive. If you didn't pick up on this already, I'm a Bushie through and through.

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Sun Feb 19 2023
5

Really loved this album!! So ethereal and experimental! Every song felt like it was in a different genre, so unpredictable yet somehow works together. Her vocals are amazing. Saved songs: There Goes A Tenner, Pull Out The Pin, Leave It Open, All The Love, Get Out Of My House

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Sun Feb 19 2023
5

Not the best Kate Bush album, but a great album!

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Fri Mar 10 2023
5

Hounds of Love & Sensual World gfallt ma bis dato iwie besser, aber still.. it's Kate Bush

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Mon Mar 20 2023
5

album before hounds of love. sat in your lap - so theatrical, dramatic. big synth there goes a tenner - bit kind of oompah. pull out the pin - maybe most conventional pop so far. love the bass (know this from hounds of love) suspended in gaffa - waltz thing. cute i'm enjoying this. so far - theatrical, less poppy than HoL but not irritating!

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Wed Mar 29 2023
5

Pretty good 80’s album. I like it better than sinade O’Connor or other comparable artists

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Thu Apr 13 2023
5

A wonderfully dense, creative, experimental mess of an album which makes more and more sense the more you listen to it. 4.5/5

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Sun May 07 2023
5

This is my favorite Kate Bush album, ever-so-slightly beating out Hounds of Love. I can't think of any music that sounds remotely like this album, and even if something else did sound like this, there's no way the songs would be this good. I love the chiming guitar in "Get Out of My House" and the bass throughout is so good.

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Wed Jun 21 2023
5

This is so weird, I love it. Kate Bush is doing something exciting with her vocals all the way thru, theatrical vocal delivery annoys me sometimes but Bush is just so good at it. The band is doing so much and keeping things tight, especially on the title track which feels like a fever dream. Really enjoyed this, 5 stars

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Thu Jun 29 2023
5

With Aerial and Hounds of Love her best album, really underrated this one because people find it 'weird' I guess. But I love the way she uses her voice, the drama, the rawness. Brilliant all the way from Sat in Your Lap to the witchlike Get Out of My House. Best song I think the title song. 5 stars!

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Mon Jul 17 2023
5

An album that confused many at the time - it wasn't what we expected from Kate Bush! But turns out, it was exactly what should be expected from Kate Bush. Ground-breaking and influential in so many ways, not just musically. I loved it at the time and I still do.

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Sun Aug 20 2023
5

Haunting music about mundanity and more

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Wed Aug 30 2023
5

I am someone who appreciates Tori Amos a great deal. And here is Kate Bush being Tori Amos a decade before Tori Amos became Tori Amos. This mlght also be one of, if not the first, times I've commented upon some album art. I love this. I'm very glad to say I caught glimpse of it on a big screen, rather than merely viewing it on my phone. Had I not, I may have missed the wedding ring on the tongue, in a classic Hammer vampire type pose. It's a great picture and I think I'd like to buy some wall art of it. Onto the music. I can totally accept that many people will hate this. Those people are entitled to their opinion, no matter how wrong that opinion is. This album is genius. Kate Bush is a genius. From what I know of her, she started out super-young. She was dissatisfied with the studio/label directions and producers often didn't quite keep up - and this album was the first she produced herself at her own studio. I can't help but think about Gary Numan. Also under twenty when he hit the music scene, also utterly unlike what had been seen before. Kate Bush took everything about being a singer/songwriter and said "this is too pedestrian for me" before doing her funky thing and just utterly blasting everything out of the water. This album is Bush in a position to self-produce, and it is wonderful to hear how she's able to push things further, go in uncomfortable directions and create music that can push boundary and inspire others. Clear as day, this album pushed two minor artists - Bjork and Tori Amos - into directions that yielded even more remarkable music. Yes, this album is just great.

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Wed Sep 13 2023
5

In this release, Kate Bush goes all-out on her crazy ideas, putting more energy and experiments than in any other album. She has a strong and versatile voice; one of the most memorable of the era. The music varies in style, but most of it is lush and atmospheric, often feeling like a mad house. The cabaret intro "Sat in Your Lap" that sounds like a tense musical number, the wacky ska-like "There Goes a Tenner", the space-age "Leave It Open", the British folky jig of "Night of the Swallow"... this album just keeps giving, and the ideas always nail. It's not overwhelming though. The first four tracks are the high-energy pop tracks. The next two are very dark and focus more on ambiance and mood with a sparser sound, which many can find off-putting but is just as if not more creative. From that, the mood gradually calms down and becomes more predictable. "All the Love" is the least experimental song, being mostly a piano ballad, but it's still overlayed with samples and atmospheric synths. "Houdini", another piano ballad, is overlayed with beautiful strings and a frenzied vocal performance. Finally, we close with the fan favorite "Get Out of My House" which is the least accessible track, also super dark but highly experimental and doesn't follow a standard song structure. It's an unforgettable closer. It's not as structured as her next album, Hounds of Love, and a lot of her ideas here are hard on the ear and require active listening. But when you do actively listen to it, it's some of the most fun you could have with an album. No filler or skippable tracks, which each one serving a well-defined purpose. Countless memorable moments, and some of the best songs in her discography. There were other art pop artists in that early 80s period, like ABC, Madness, and the Buggles. But this record really cemented no one was like her in the 80s.

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Mon Oct 30 2023
5

My favourite Bush album so far. The title track includes contributions from well-known animal impersonator Percy Edwards, and well-known didgeridoo player Rolf Harris. Bush herself channels Kenneth Williams’ Rambling Syd Rumpo. She really embraces the music hall tradition, 60s and 70s light entertainment and novelty records. The whole thing is completely bonkers, loads of fun.

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Tue May 30 2023
5

Стиль кайф, оч круто. Японские слова на фоне разъеб

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

Listened to this while playing Carnegie solo. I lost by a lot. This album, however, was an absolute homerun for me. I have only heard Running Up The Hill before, and that wasn't on this album. I was not expecting such a sonic adventure. I could hear how this majorly influenced Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Bjork, Bat For Lashes...the list goes on and on. I was so thoroughly excited by the songs. I was teetering between rating this a 4, or 5...but then the donkey chorus came in during the final minutes and absolutely cemented itself as a 5. This is the first 5 I've given out to an album I was completely unfamiliar with. Will totally come back to this one in the future.

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Tue Nov 21 2023
5

The Dreaming was a bold and daring move by an hugely popular artist. Without easily accessible singles, it wasn't going to win her new fans that way, and the theatricality and delving into dark depths probably had a lot of her fans scratching their heads. Of all her albums, it's the one that most needs repeated listens to grow on you, to see the intricacy of craft and revel in the diversity of styles. Essential for those who appreciate Kate Bush, though probably a little out there for those first coming upon her. (This 1001 list should come with side-notes or disclaimers for albums like this. "Not for Introduction to This Artist" - with a link to Hounds of Love. Like having Scary Monsters as your first Bowie album. ) Not as coherent as Hounds of Love, the risk-taking and resultant highs are worth it, and this remains my second-favorite Kate Bush record. A solid 9/ 10, rounded up for the sheer jaunting joy that is "Suspended in Gaffa".

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Thu Dec 28 2023
5

I thought this was pretty great - she could teach Fiona Apple a thing or two. Best tracks; Suspended in Gaffa, Night of the Swallow.

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Tue Jan 02 2024
5

I found The Sensual World a bit underwhelming but this album far exceeded my modest expectations, it’s ace. I knew tracks 1 and 6 from a greatest hits CD but outside of that context I can better appreciate what mighty, deranged bangers they are, and the rest of the album lives up to them. It’s as nuts and experimental as you’d hope from Kate Bush (the line ‘we let the weirdness in’ from Leave It Open is a fitting mission statement/badge of honour for the album) but also far more listenable than many reviews suggest. There are frenzied, soaring vocal hooks in almost every song that may turn other people off, but they’re like aural opium to me. 4.5

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Sat Jan 06 2024
5

Not as experimental as Hounds of Love, but a wonderful and strange album nonetheless. I could see how someone would find her voice a little whiny and it took me a bit to get used to (over the years) but it’s so unique.

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Fri Jan 12 2024
5

My intro to Kate Bush and a brilliant album that now resides under the shadow created by its successor, Hounds of Love. It still belongs on this list.

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