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The Dreaming
The Dreaming
Offered by Mattpuss
Price: 18.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLAY IT LOUD!!!!, 16 April 2002
This review is from: The Dreaming (Audio CD)
Well what can I say. This album is just incredible! The production is amazing, and the songs, out of this world. Kate Bush really is an artist like no other. Each song creates a different story and atmosphere, like folk songs do, except this is pop art. Night Of The Swallow will just blow you away with its fantastically dramatic irish sound, complete with haunting vocals, uillean pipes so expertly played. You can see the images of the stories of the songs in your mind as this record takes you on an adventurous journey. Houdini is beautiful, passionate and sensual, with the string quartet finishing it off. There Goes A Tenner, is so catchy, and Kate sings half cockney and half queen's english a weird combination but it works! Sat In Your Lap, I think would go down great in a disco, great drums and rhythm, got to number 11 in the british charts, you'll never hear it on the radio though, why? Because the radio just plays the same old rubbish that you hear day in day out! Suspended In Gaffa - great waltz-like theme, very clever lyrics, would be great to listen to while riding on a carousel at the fair! But you won't hear it at the fair (what a disappointment). Its known to be not one of Kate's best albums, but that's a matter of opinion. A bad Kate Bush album doesn't exist, and if it did, it would excel most artist's best albums. If you're into experimental sounds and stories, then this is the album for you, would definitely recommend.


Strawberries Mean Love
Strawberries Mean Love
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 11.38

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Adventurous Trip Into A Dream-Like World Of Psychedelia, 16 April 2002
This review is from: Strawberries Mean Love (Audio CD)
First introduced to SAC by my brother who is trapped in a music world between the years of 1964 and 1968. If he'd been born in 1948 he would have been in his element. This album reflects the ultimate psychedelic sound. Starting with the fantastic 'Incense & Peppermints', with its distinctive hypnotic melody line, pure 60's instrument sounds, clever lyrics, it sends you into a trance, in fact the whole album is full of songs and music that has a dream-like quality not quite of this earth. But even those not committed to Psychedelic, would enjoy this album as the songs do not stray too far off the beaten track, and some of them are great pop songs! Also I find it hard to resist dancing, when listening to most songs on this album, songs such as 'Sit With The Guru', 'Tomorrow', 'Love Me Again'. 'Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow', is just beautiful, with its haunting, hypnotic organ sounds and guitar effects, again create a dream-like state of mind. To sum it up it's an exciting album that you will never tire of. Even Madonna quoted 'Incense & Peppermints' as one of her favourite songs, it got number 1 in America in 1967. If you are 60's pop fan, or even if you are open-minded in your musical tastes, you will not be disappointed with this purchase.


Evensong
Evensong
Offered by MUSIC4SURE
Price: 18.45

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mediaeval Masterpiece!, 23 May 2001
This review is from: Evensong (Audio CD)
I first discovered Amazing Blondel when I was 18, from an old tape that my mother had found thrown away in a library. Someone had recorded A B to fill the spare tape up after the rest of the tape had Simon and Garfunkel on it. I'm now 28 and I still love to play their albums, especially 'Evensong' and I still can't believe that I'd not discovered the band any earlier. They are fantastic. The songs are pure mediaeval folk and sheer musical beauty. the vocal harmonies send shivers down your spine, and it's great just to be able to hear instruments played that are now obsolete and ones that no-one has ever heard of such as Cittern, Viol,Theobore and Crumhorn. The songs lyrics are simple and mainly about love, and that is all you need. Robin Hood and green forests are immediately conjured up in your mind when you hear their music and it is so completely different from a lot of the rubbish of today's chart. This music evokes pure emotion. Buy it, sit back and enjoy, you will not be disappointed.


The Kick Inside
The Kick Inside
Price: 4.99

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Bush - The Ultimate Female Songstress, 21 May 2001
This review is from: The Kick Inside (Audio CD)
I first bought this album when I was 16, an age when I started listening to serious and experimental music. I'd heard her long before that but I was still quite young to really appreciate her music. I put the first track on 'Moving' and heard the whales at the beginning of the song and thought I know I'm going to like this. Words cannot describe how beautiful and haunting this album is, but it is also happy and magical. It's hard to believe that Kate was only 14 when she first wrote 'The Man With The Child In His Eyes'. All the songs are fantastic, I can't fault any of them. It's so good that after listening to it, I became a life-long Kate Bush fan and she will always be my favourite artist. With one listen to her albums, you are forever whisked into her fantasy world. These songs are what you call 'Songs', melody, lyrics, beats,feeling, music, instruments. and you also get a beautiful girl into the bargain, what a heroine! buy it! it's fantastic!


Wild and Wicked-Early Years
Wild and Wicked-Early Years

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different musical side to Shania!, 21 May 2001
I really like this album. It takes a few listens before it starts to grow on you, but a few tracks make an impact straight away. It's very different to her other stuff, a lot more rocky, very 80's rock. The song I like best of all is 'Send it with Love' an absolutely beautiful song that she apparently wrote shortly after her parents' death. This song is a reflection of her thoughts, and is very touching. It's a shame that this song is not included on one of her more recent albums because I would say it's probably one of the best she has ever written


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