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Her first single “Wuthering Heights” topped the UK singles chart for 4 weeks in 1978, the same year she released her debut album “The Kick Inside” and its follow-up “Lionheart”.

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  • Audio CD (16 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Fish People/EMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 1999
Format: Audio CD
Kate's fourth studio album is uniquely intense. It's dark and angry - there's lots of wailing and lyrical gnashing of teeth going on here. This is definitely no picnic.
'The Dreaming' is not a concept album although it sounds like one. It could almost be a prototype of 'The Ninth Wave' - the conceptual piece on Kate's next album, 'Hounds of Love'. However, 'The Dreaming' has always been in the shadow of its more commercially viable successor, which is a shame as it is such a remarkable album in itself.
Standout tracks include 'Get Out of My House' - this is an exquisitely furious and dramatic piece of music. 'All the Love' will leave a lump in your throat, while 'Night of the Swallow' and 'Leave it Open' are just sheer ear candy.
I think Kate is at her musical best when she really lets rip - and there is a lot of that going on in 'The Dreaming'. This is a spellbinding album which treats the listener as an emotional punchbag. It'll leave you feeling shaken and exhilarated. Not one for the fainthearted.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nobody Famous on 7 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
An off-the-wall masterpiece that Kate Bush has never surpassed, and probably few others ever will. After a whole year in the studio, fans were expecting something special but it's probably fair to say that nobody expected this.

It's loud, it's thought-provoking, it's not especially tuneful and it's just plain weird.

Before The Dreaming, Kate Bush was probably known for being that high pitched singer who did Wuthering Heights and a few other unusual but pretty and artistic songs. The Dreaming continues the unusual and arty theme with songs about such diverse subjects as the Vietnam war, Harry Houdini, criminals and (in the title track) the plight of Australian aborigines. But this album is far from pretty.

It's Kate's first major adventure with synthesized music and as you'd expect what she produces with the technology is very different from the 80's standards. As such it hasn't dated and still seems fresh 25 years later.

It's fair to say this album is a real one-off, much like Kate Bush herself. If you only know Kate Bush from her melodic singles: Wuthering Heights, Running up that Hill and so on then some of The Dreaming will come as a surprise. The tunes are still there in places but crank the volume up for songs like Leave it Open and Get out of my House, and enjoy the noise!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By on 12 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
When the popular masses rejected this album originally it was because there was no Wuthering Heights or Babooshka on the album. With this album Bush kicked out the window her kooky but sweet English rose image and showed us her darker side. What is strange is that the songs on this album are even stronger than those on her more commercially successful albums.
I bought this just the other week and was stunned at how fresh and new it is. It certainly does not sound like it is from the 80s. It sounds as if it was recorded yesterday. Bush also puts all those that followed her - Tori Amos and Bjork to name but two - well in the shade.
Her voice is beautiful on this album, and the songs very strong with great melodies and poignant lyrics. Get Out Of My House is TREMENDOUS.
What I don't understand is those who say it takes some getting used to. The Sensual World and Red Shoes did nothing for me on first listening, but this grabbed me the first time I played it.
The Whole Story comes nowhere near in representing Kate's talent or creativity. To do her justice you need the albums. And this tops Never Forever and The Kick Inside.
Lionheart was badly underrated - it also sounds fresh as if recorded recently. But the reception to The Dreaming was simply foolish and cruel. This is is simply one of the greatest albums ever recorded by a female artist.
That this album, Hounds of Love, and Lionheart can sound as new as the day they were recorded after nearly 20 years speaks volumes. How many other artists have 20 year old albums that have not dated? That is a true reflection of greatness, not just commercial success at the time of its release.
Kate has produced 2 of the greatest albums of all time and no record collection is ever complete without this album and The Hounds of Love.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "mrrosewater" on 18 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
For me, 'The Dreaming' is undoubtedly the strangest and most adventurous album of KB's illustrious career.
Uniquely adapting ethnic rhythms (strong Celtic and Australian Aborigine influences pervade) and, then, cutting-edge Fairlight technology, in some ways the album is a more extreme and emotionally edgy companion to Gabriel's contemporaneous classics '3' and '4'.
'All The Love' and 'Houdini' are unnervingly beautiful highlights, while 'Get Out Of My House' (featuring a great Fripp-inspired guitar line) sounds as possessed as the demonic subject matter it deals with.
In conclusion, 'The Dreaming' is an astonishingly fresh and genuinely brave statement from 1982 that still sounds vital and surprising today. Taken alongside the likes of Gabriel, Sylvian, Eno, Talking Heads, Talk Talk and The Blue Nile, this is an album that suggests that the 'decade of evil' was just as creative in its own way as the more celebrated 1960s and 1970s.
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