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The Dreaming

Kate Bush

1982

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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Rating

2.91

Votes

4706

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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Fri Jan 22 2021
1

Stop

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Another easy five.

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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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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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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

wtf. i kinda love it.

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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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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 Feb 12 2021
1

Noup

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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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Tue Oct 27 2020
5

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

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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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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

Freakin' the best

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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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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 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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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

love love love

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Night of the Swallow is one of my fav Kate Bush songs that lies in this album which is spectacular.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

What a peculiar album. Really dig it 7.5/10 FT: Sat on your lap

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

sehr gut.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

I listened to this pretty recently so I thought I'd just rate it for now. :)

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Sun May 16 2021
4

Damn i really love the sound of this, the fretless bass gives it such a unique vibe. She’s a great vocalist but her style definitely had to grow on me. 8/10 but could be higher with more listens

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Great

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Kate Bush on ollut minulla samassa kategoriassa Airin ja Björkin kanssa. Lukioaikoina musadiggariystävät näitä fanittivat, mutta itseltä jäivät väliin muutaman maistiaiskappaleen jälkeen "liian taiteellisina". Nyt kuunneltuna tämä oli ennakkoluulojen vastaisesti yllättävän helposti sulateltavaa: oli melodiaa ja rytmiä jne. Jotenkin odotin äänitaiteilua, kirkumista, taukoja ja muuta sellaista kokeellista kikkailua. Pitänee joskus laittaa muitakin Katen levyjä soimaan!

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Kate <3

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Ons Kate kan er wat van!

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Putain je connaissais pas quelle queen super original, un vrai produit d'artiste

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

4.5

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Interesting. Will need a relisten.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Questo disco mi ha stupito. E' difficile per me dargli un voto perché dopo l'ascolto lo rispetto a livello artistico ma non so se lo risentirei spesso poiché lo trovo distante dalla "mia" musica. Kate bush vocalmente mi ha coinvolto è in grado di essere eccessiva ma senza però stufare ed anche tutta la baracca anni 80 non mi ha infastidito. E' un 3.8 come voto.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

okay kate x

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

this music is kind of insane, love u Kate for that

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Sun Sep 26 2021
4

I brought a CD of didgeridoo music back from my childhood trip to Australia, a CD which went unappreciated by everyone around me. Here, the instrument shows up in only one track but Kate uses her screaming register here more than in any other album, or so it seems. Harsh Medicine. Theme/concept aside, there's much less tonal consistency here than on Hounds, despite a similar sonic palette. Still love it.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

epic, mysterious, ambitious, dramatic and singular

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Versitalan je album, i ta Kate je Bush (hehe) zanimljiv artista. Ne postoji ijedna pjesma koja mi je loša, a bome svega ima na albumu. Vjerujem da nakon ovog albuma idem otkrivat ostale njene stvari, doista divno. Favoritne: Sat In Your Lap, Suspended in Gaffa, Pull Out the Pin, Leave It Open, All the Love.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

I have poor opinions on experimental music, this hasn’t changed but this lies on the more listenable side, reminds me a little of Mike Oldfield of whom I’m a fan so it gains points for that

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Dosen't have great flow, but a lot of great songs and great production as well (I love the sound of the drums on this one).

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Not immediate but worth the effort

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Wtf. È una roba stranissima. Mi fa venire in mente Rocky horror picture show. Ganza, devo dire mi ha stranita e mi è piaciuto!

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

With The Dreaming, Kate Bush reached another milestone in her career. The compositions, weird sounds, and eastern rhythms set this album apart from the rest. Since Sat in Your Lap to Get Out Of My House (where I believe she transforms into a donkey) the listener feels intrigued and intimidated. It is a total experience.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

An eccentric masterpiece

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Tue Jul 05 2022
4

If I had hounds of love that would’ve been perfect timing… The album opens with sat in your lap, it’s a good song (especially love the drumming) but I’am a little sceptical of the vocals, especially on the pre chorus. There goes a tenner sounds like Kate reminding the listener that she’s a brit ( in a vocal sense) the thing is I like it but only because it’s so quirky. Again pull out the pin satisfies in an experimental must listen way and it is cool but is it a song that screams return? Suspended in gaffa feels a little “ janky” but the experimentation is always appreciated. Even if those backing vocals should’ve never been recorded. Side one ends with leave it open, those warped vocals is probably my favourite thing she’s done so far in the album actually I greatly appreciate this whole song in comparison to the awkward this album is, don’t get me wrong the song is an odd mess but a well made odd mess. It’s really hard to understand the vocals on side two’s opener the dreaming the admiration is high and actually I really enjoyed this one! Night of the swallow is the most normal song off the whole album, fine the vocals are a little odd but nothing like the rest of the album; it’s a dramatic piano song, really cool. I really don’t get it, all the love sounds odd yeah but more single like than literally any of the singles, I love the when the song just briefly dies for all of the quiet sections and when the piano comes in at the chorus wow. Even the penultimate track Houdini sounds more normal than the singles, like fine the screaming is a little wired but the rest of it has certainly got a higher chance of selling than a song like there goes a tenner. Anyway Houdini is a great piano song. The album ends with a song called get out of my house now this is more the strange warped Kate bush that I ( mostly) “missed” for the past 3 songs but the application is good I guess and it serves as a passable closer. I mean this wasn’t what I was expecting more of an experience than an album, a fun one but not one that I want to relieve for at least another year. But by sheer experimentation alone it deserves a 4.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

καλη experimental rock/pop Μουσικη

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Happy to listen to more of Kate Bush! Recognized more songs of her’s than I realized!

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

This starts out like 'Kate Bush does Oingo Boingo', spotlights some nice folky instrumentation (but not before an ill-advised Mockney accent) and moves into a synth cut featuring the Windows 95 error sound. A mess, but an intriguing one, where uilliean pipes butt up against some quasi-Mick Karn fretless bass. One has to admire the questing artistry and willingness to experiment with such a broad sonic palette, even if the results can be a tad obtuse.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Sat in your lap

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

this was weird but in a great way.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Lots of interesting ideas. Not all of them resonated with me, but you can tell this was put together with a lot of thought. Not the kind of thing I’ll relisten to, but glad I heard it

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Took me a few tracks to get into it, then enjoyed the eeriness of it all. 3.5

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Went into this expecting to hate it, actually enjoyed a lot of it, impressed that KB produced this all herself. Really weird and wonderful album glad it was on the list.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

4.5

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Good album, really enjoyed Pull the Pin and some of the other tracks on the record

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

I love Kate Bush. This album is more experimental, and makes for a unique listening experience. I enjoyed it a lot, and I respect Kate Bush'es willingless to pursue what SHE wants to do with her music. Very important album to a lot of future creative female musicians (eg Bjork).

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

This is a stunning albums in many ways. The musicianship, the first tentative sounds of the Fairlight CMI in popular songs. An eclectic album and well worth a listen.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

10 out of 10 for weirdness. I am always amazed when an artist puts out something like this. Its a ton of drama.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

So weird and so interesting. I always appreciate records like this, it’s so wild and unpredictable and keeps you engaged the whole time. The songwriting/production and vocals are strange and unique. Not sure I’ll be listening to this again anytime soon but this was by far one of the most unique and intricate albums on this list so far.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Listening to The Dreaming is very much like experiencing a play. Bush is extremely theatrical in both her songwriting and production incorporating sounds effects as easy as if it was just another breath. Her vocal performance is, of course, beyond belief and ranges from impressive dephts to full on screams and something almost resembling avante garde metal on "Houdini". The instrumentation, relying on an array of experimentation with the list including didgeridoo, bouzoki and uilleann pipes and a sound ranging from baroque to avante garde and Irish folk music. This is such a bizarre piece of work. Brutal as on "Get Out of My House" yet wonderfully beautiful as on "Night of the Swallow". But under the careful command of Kate Bush everything works and comes together. Also - is it any wonder TIDAL went straight into Björk after this?

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Thu Dec 01 2022
4

Gotta love the sheer madness of this album. Just completely beautifully bonkers. Brave stuff.

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Wed Oct 07 2020
3

I was a little disappointed with this album. I was expecting great things because it's Kate Bush, but I just didn't like it. It sounded very different but overall it didn't connect with me.

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Mon Sep 21 2020
3

Interesting. Innovative. Not sure how I feel about it?

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Mon Nov 09 2020
3

Weird, experimental, kinda neat. I think it works. Wouldn't listen to it for enjoyment but it's kinda sick

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

Kinda weird overall?

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

Different.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Definitely not Kate Bush's best album. Incredibly wacky but I liked it...

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

The weird lady

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Pop diferente y curioso.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Nicht uninteressant, trifft mich aber nicht #listenagain

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

Pausado. Suave. Buena voz

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

A bit nuts

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Brazenly different and interesting. The kind of pop for weirdos, which is cool. Kate Bush is so dramatic in every one of these songs, it takes the form of a sort of "camp" that isn't really my style but I can still appreciate it from afar. Pretty cool!

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Ensin olin sitä mieltä, että onpa raivostuttavaa kiekumista. Toisella kuuntelukerralla tästä alkoi kuitenkin pitää. Omituista tai ainakin hyvin omalaatuista, mutta hyvä yhdistelmä mielenkiintoista rytmiikkaa ja erikoisia efektejä. Toisella kuuntelukerralla ei tuntunut tekotaiteelliselta. Pari kuuntelukertaa lisää ja tämä todennäköisesti löytyisi jo omasta levylaukusta.

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Mon May 03 2021
3

Not an easy listen.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Heel experimentele muziek, maar fantastische zangeres. Niet 100% m'n ding

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Bush grates on me after a long spell listening to her, that being said there were some standouts here with the Celtic infused 'night of the swallow' being the best.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

Love Kate Bush! Way ahead of her time.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

L'artiste haïe des auditeurs décérébrés du générateur faisait son retour, et risque encore de s'attirer les foudres de cette belle bande de sous-hommes, puisque l'originalité est de mise. En effet, ne pas proposer un album de rock est automatiquement synonyme de sanction pour l'audimat de ce site, voir même de suppression de la liste par le grand Robert en personne, qui se contente dans ce cas de remplacer l'album par un groupe commençant par The.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

This is what I was hoping the Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams" album had a little more of -- weirdness. A little grating at times and my wife literally said that one of the songs was the worst she's ever heard.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

Hadn’t listened to much Kate Bush other than singles - quite enjoyed, especially her cockney voice.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

FIrst time listening to her, great album

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

I lurched between being intrigued and wishing it would end but there's a certain something about it that lifts it out the ordinary - I'd go back to for another listen

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

Weirdly like this. Feels like a cross between a load of other artists, but I guess Kate did some of this stuff first.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Cavolo questo è tosto. Non conoscevo Kate Bush se non per Wuthering Heights e di certo non mi aspettavo questo da questo album! Il primo pezzo mi ha lasciato abbastanza spiazzato e l'ho trovato al limite del forzato e grottesco, ma poi gli altri pezzi mi hanno fatto cambiare idea abbastanza velocemente. Questo album è sicuramente all'avanguardia per l'82, a livello compositivo è davvero fuori di testa, che è una cosa che apprezzo mediamente sempre. Non è sempre riuscito come esperimento secondo me, ma quando riesce funziona davvero bene ed è evidente come possa essere stato un'influenza per artisti successivi, un'artista in particolare che non si può nominare per la sua presenza massiccia nella lista. Ho apprezzato in particolare Pull Out The Pin, Night of the swallow, che forse è la più convenzionale e Houdini (il raglio dell'asino m'ha conquistato). Sento che è un album a lenta maturazione, i punti bassi non mi fanno arrivare al 4 ma sicuramente mi ha incuriosito sulla produzione artistica di Kate Bush che approfondirò.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

"Ma che è?" è stata la mia reazione al pezzo iniziale, poi piano piano ne ho intravisto il genio. Praticamente è un album sperimentale che necessita un ascolto dedito e non casuale. Con i suoi suoni midi da tastierina Casio e il suo sound anni '80 dietro l'angolo, è riuscita a piacermi lo stesso. È pieno di robe strane, tipo le voci che fa lei al limite del growling, pecore che belano e muli che ragliano. The Dreaming, Night of the Swallow, Houdini e Get out of my house non mi sono dispiaciute. In generale ho trovato ogni pezzo non bello ma interessante. Ecco, quest'album è come quando una donna non è fisicamente il tuo tipo ma ti attrae comunque. Merita 1, ma merita anche 5. Quindi rimango nel mezzo, quasi insicuro se dare di più o di meno: 3.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

Not her best outing!

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Some good stuff.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

was aightttt

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Sat Dec 04 2021
3

6/10

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Maaaaare i Kateeee, di su da izbace dobar album? Kate je blizu s ovim tho!

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Cudna i lijepa glazba. Vuku malo na dresden lutke, prema glasu i kvirki zanru. Dost dobra je, ne mog reci, zanimljivo za slusat, nesto ne svakodnevno

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

It is a run of the mill Kate Bush album. A touch of weirdness, some beautiful vocals, histrionics and sublime lyrics. Overall it isn't as great as some of her others albums and I would listen to Kick Inside or Hounds of Love in preference to this

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Just not my cup of tea. She has an excellent voice but the musical arrangements were not to my liking.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Kinda weird, but interesting.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

I am a fan of later period Kate Bush, but this one sounds too much like a drama school project for me.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Pop progresivo. Ni fu ni fa.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

I had absolutely no idea what I was in for. To say this was a challenging listen is putting it mildly. Kate's voice has such a range, and it can jump from the low-end to the psychotic high-end faster than my mother reading my report card. Some interesting musical influences here, classical, opera, theater... some celtic influences as well. I was ready to turn it off after one track, but I gave it a few more and walked away feeling better for the experience. Definitely wasn't expecting anything like this. Favorite tracks: "Pull Out the Pin", "Get Out of My House"

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Good singer, not the type Id like

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Mon Mar 14 2022
3

Strange stuff. Interesting!

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

My second Kate Bush album in less than a week. My review of the last album (Hounds of Love) is also applicable to this album, so I will copy and paste below. (It's a good review and I stand by it!) I will say this album is a bit more interesting to me than Hounds of Love. Very inventive and unique, so Kate definitely gets points for that. To me, Kate Bush is a lot like soccer (or football as some of you may call it). Please allow me to explain. I have several friends, whose opinions I respect, who tell me that soccer is the best sport. It's intricate, nuanced, and beautiful to watch. I believe them, really I do, and because of that I've tried several times over the years to watch and appreciate soccer. Occasionally there are matches or moments in a match when I sort of get it, but 90% of the time I'm like eh, kinda bored to be honest. It's very similar to my experience with Kate Bush. 3 stars.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

This album is like 80s bjork and a little sarah bareilles. Suspended in Gaffa is really a wild ride. Night Of The Swallow hits its stride right at the last third of the song. Houdini is Kate Bush letting it R I P. Man what a weird art rock album. Maybe worth a relisten?

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

experimental for sure

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

I am definitely familiar with Kate Bush but really have not listened to very many of her songs or albums. Although it sounds to me very "80s" in a lot of ways, it's quite distinct from most of the music that was popular at the time. I like the way she's taking these songs in so many directions. I'm not a huge fan of too much reliance on synths, so I guess that's why it sounds so 80s to me, but musically and melodically, it is interesting stuff. It's probably just from hearing the music on the video games my kids play and anime stuff they like, but at times a couple of the songs sound a lot like that music. She has a heck of voice, too, and I love the way she uses it. Overall, I like this album. It isn't something I'm likely to seek out again, but I can appreciate it.

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Mon May 02 2022
3

Its fair to say that after 3 albums of singer-songwritery regular stuff she went a bit weird on this one. Die hard fans love it. ....and play....Yeah batshit crazy tbh. Suspended in Gaffa is pretty normal but the rest is a odd set of strange backing vocals, polyrhythms and angular tunes that take some patience (it needs several plays) I admire the ambition but it all sounds overly angry. It does mellow out towards the end of the 2nd half but then just to bring you back to Planet Bush a donkey appears. I'm an admirer of KB but still find parts of this impenetrable. Gonna be a 3.

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Sun May 15 2022
3

I'm not sure how to rate this. I think it deserves more listens, but it's hard to get into.

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Wed May 25 2022
3

This is wonderfully weird, which is what I want from Kate Bush. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Suspended in Gaffa Date listened: 24/05/22

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Thu May 26 2022
3

A bit too scattershot for my taste. Lots of cool moments, but also lots of what felt like weird and kooky for the sake of being weird and kooky. Interesting at least.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
3

I love Kate Bush, didn't love this album tho, probably needs another listen

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Se pueden escuchar decenas de futuros discos en este de Kate Bush. Se entiende la influencia y dentro de lo poco o nada que sé del Art-Pop, éste me parece bastante bueno.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Very weird. She’s got a great scream. Didn’t care for the donkey noises in the last track.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Absolutely mad crazy music. Some that I knew pretty well already. Definitely need to listen again and on headphones. It’s Kate Bush, so automatically gets 3* fir her voice and general individual auteurship. Might upgrade to 4, but I don’t think it’s better than Hounds of Love, which I think was her next LP.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Very eccentric, emotional, and dreamy, great production but second half isn’t as strong as the first. Still better than Elvis Costello.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

I've always loved Kate Bush's voice but her music seems so inaccessible to most people. Call it uncompromising, I guess, as she was in her own world and did whatever the hell she felt like doing, but much of this album sounds like a fun house acid trip, at least to me.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

It was nice to have a bit of Kate. I listened to this with my daughter who I think was puzzled by some of the screaming and shouting. I appreciate Kate's eccentricity and eclecticism but I'd say her earlier albums are better.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

I think Kate Bush is OK. This was some of her less successful work though. I try not to get defensive when people compare her to Tori Amos, but it is just so hard not to. KB did some stuff first, but TA works on so many more levels.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Warbly madness but the Queen of eccentricity. Yeah is alright makes me wanna put on shoulder pads and a headband.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

It's great that Kate Bush tries to be different and quirky. The music sounds very theatrical (it often feels like a musical or a Broadway production). But if I'm brutally honest l, not sure I actually enjoyed it. Maybe I just need to give it a few more listens.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

I can’t believe we had to do ANOTHER Kate Bush album it was FINE

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

never heard this one - not my fav from KB but has some good songs 3.5 stars (3)

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Very strange and experimental. Lots of layers and sounded pretty busy. Should probably give more time listening. Standout was "Houdini".

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

theatrical but not quite pleasant of a listen. kind of like watching a burlesque show from inside a telephone booth

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Kate Bush isn't my bag, but I'm aware of how much she's influenced and know this album is cited a lot. 3.5/5.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

better than hounds of love but not that good

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

It treads a fine line between unusually interesting and weird for the sake of weird. But it's mostly an enjoyable listen, it's the sort of album that would probably need more than one listen.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
2

I don't know what to expect beyond "this is gonna be a bit weird", going by the other Kate Bush stuff I've heard. And yeah, it's... pretty weird. Lots of it sounds like Queen's stranger "theatrical" moments, but with her not-quite-in-tune screeching going on over the top. Lots of wailing and moaning, seems every few seconds she's singing in a different style. There's a bipolar loud-then-soft-then-LOUD approach to everything, with "dynamics = creativity!" being the obvious order of the day. But there isn't much by way of foot tapping tunes, it's all weird for the sake of being weird. I'm gonna struggle to give this one a rating - it's out there enough that it kinda defies my ability to give an album a number out of 5 haha. I can appreciate the effort that went into it but I don't like the end result. Seems like the sort of thing that would've been laughed at when it came out and then retrospectively added to the "canon". Also ultimately seems like the sort of thing that self-declared "artsy" people would claim as the best thing ever, simply because it's jarring and unconventional. 2/5. (Although I genuinely liked the last song haha)

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

Weird and borderline unlistenable, but at least some of the lyrics are thoughtful. Best track: Houdini

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Mon Nov 09 2020
2

I’m not sure if I like her or not.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

Extra star for "Get Out of My House," a great way to end an album I otherwise don't really care for.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Vähän liian taiteellista menoa mun makuun. Osa biiseistä hyviä, osa hieman raskasta kuunneltavaa. Tämä olisi ehkä vaatinut pari lisäkuuntelua paremmalla keskittymisellä.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Erg invloedrijke muzikant maar niet lekker luisterbaar

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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

i'm sure she's a perfectly lovely human being, but dear lord do i hate kate bush's music. i've just never ever liked it, and this album in particular was just hard to get through.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Not the best and just not for me.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

I appreciate her artistry but wasn't a big fan of her music

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Sun May 23 2021
2

I loved "Hounds of Love", but I couldn't get into "The Dreaming". It's one of those albums that confuses being experimental with being good, and I just could not enjoy it at all.

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Thu May 06 2021
2

I know the vocals are meant to give you a shake, but I just can’t enjoy them. Some good parts

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

While this album was enjoyed more than yesterdays, this is another non starter for me. I thought I knew who Kate Bush was but after this I'm not so sure. Did she take the wrong pill and she is stuck in the dream world? I'm not sure but I tried to get into this music and I couldn't. Something about the composition feeling jarring and the vocals being off. Not sure if she is from the UK but that would explain a lot.

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Sat May 01 2021
2

No me convence

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Sun May 16 2021
2

4/10. Some songs sounded alright, even rather interesting, others just sounded painful

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Sun Jan 31 2021
2

I don't know why she has two albums in this list but overall it's just 80 shlock. Not great

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Kakkosen ja kolmosen kappaleita. Pyöristelin aikani ylös- ja alaspäin. Annetaan lopulta 2.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Vähän liian kokeellista mun makuun. Keskittyminen ei ehkä ollut ihan kunnossa arvostelijalla.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

Meh

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Kate Bush oikeastaan vain nimeltä tuttu. En todellakaan tiennyt, että tehnyt musiikkia jo 45v. EI ihan ominta musiikkia.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Even going into this knowing that this is one of her least accessible and "out-there" albums, I couldn't find myself enjoying this. Some tracks were very difficult to get through, even as some were somewhat enjoyable.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

Admittedly, this is not what I was expecting from a Kate Bush album. I was expecting something dreary but instead I got what sounded like a 45-minute bad dream, I'm just not sure if that's a good or a bad thing. A bit too kooky for me overall, though. Best track: Leave It Open

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

This list loves Kate Bush. I like Kate Bush.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

But weird

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

Not my kind of thing. Bit too esoteric for my ears

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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

Mad that someone as talented as Kate bush could make a crock of shit like this.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
2

Not for my tastes

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Wed Jul 28 2021
2

Some of the music is okay, but not much. Can't stand her voice

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

Too weird for me.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

I do like some Kate Bush tracks, but i didn't get on with this album unfortunately

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Wed Aug 25 2021
2

Odd

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Fri Aug 27 2021
2

This started as quite a fun album, much weirder than I had expected (in truth, I don't know any Kate Bush songs except Running up that hill and Wuthering Heights, which in retrospect are also actually pretty weird, so no idea where I got my expectations from). Not into Pull out the pin, Night of the Swallow, Houdini. Basically all the songs where she actually screams. No thanks. Actually the later songs of the album really reduced my enjoyment, eventually ending up at 2 stars.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
2

It's something different.. but not really for me I believe

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

I think I like the idea of Kate Bush better than the actual music. It's all a bit over the top and got annoying in places

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

Can’t really get into her voice but at least it was upbeat and fun to listen to

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

Better than the last Kate Bush album, but not really for me. Loved how weird the last song was. Kate Bush seems to be telling stories in her songs that I'm just not really interested in. Don't particularly like her singing style either

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Wed Oct 27 2021
2

Meh, I tried to make the most of this and do some hovering and cruise in for an easy 3, but nar, I just don’t get Kate Bush. Quirky cat wailing.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

More interesting and respectable than it is good to be honest. I don't mind experimentation in music at all, but the results here are something of a mixed bag. Not terrible, but not something I'd really want to listen to over and over. I would consider giving it another try down the road. 5/10

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

Kate Bush without the catchy numbers

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

Não curti

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

Gal is cray, and it's okay, but I think I'll only listen to this today 🤷‍♀️

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Sun Feb 20 2022
2

"Very weird. She's obviously trying to become less commercial” - Neil Tennant

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

Did not love it, but it was something different 2/5

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Sun Mar 20 2022
2

2/5 not really of my liking

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

not for me

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