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5.0 out of 5 stars Kate's crazy and creative peak. Now THIS is her masterpiece, 7 Sept. 2013
This review is from: The Dreaming (Audio CD)
One thing about the majority of Kate Bush fans is that they will take anything she gives and praise it as the best thing she's done. I just don't understand the wide-eyed droves that offer that blind praise. But for the discriminating fan of more than 25 years, that being me, The Dreaming is leaps and bounds above anything Kate has done in the past 25 years.

Back in 1986, my sister brought over a VHS tape of The Whole Story and recommended I give it a look. I remembered Kate's name from the early 80's, having seen 'The Dreaming' on a TV show called MV3, though the song didn't stick with me at the time. I watched The Whole Story tape and was immediately struck by the insane 'Sat In Your Lap' video, and the bizarre 'The Dreaming', which now made an impression on me. Upon repeated viewings, additional songs caught me. I bought some of the albums I could find at the time, but The Dreaming was one of the last I found, and was the one I was most eager to hear. I was not disappointed.

What can I say, but this album is infested with creativity all over the place. But the buying public was already a little weary of this album, and it's known for being Kate's lowest selling album at the time. Even the singles released made very little impact, despite their creativity. 'Sat In Your Lap' was already a year old when the album was released, but opens it nicely. Though the single charted just outside of the UK top ten, further singles faltered. 'The Dreaming', with its durge-like sound and Kate's strange Australian accent, rambling nearly unintelligible lyrics (luckily, the album came with lyrics), charted outside of the UK top forty, and a planned 12 inch single mix of the song was shelved, (is it still in the EMI vaults??). By the release of the playful 'There Goes A Tenner', buyers stayed away and the single failed to chart. But time has been very kind to The Dreaming, and it remains a true fan favorite.

Kate doesn't sacrifice the beauty that her voice can offer entirely for the sake of being odd, as displayed in the breathtaking 'Night of the Swallow'. Kate's vocal range and musical diversity know no bounds, and she presents the Gothic tinged 'Leave It Open', and better yet, 'Get Out Of My House'. She screams, wails, and turns into a mule, accompanied by some pretty amazing drumming. And thankfully for fans, Kate produced a total of 4 music videos for the album, 'Suspended in Gaffa', as well as 'There Goes A Tenner', could be viewed on an earlier VHS release, The Single File. But not everything on The Dreaming works for me. 'All The Love' and 'Pull Out The Pin' do tend to get on my nerves.

Kate Bush would hit her worldwide commercial peak with Hounds of Love in 1985. And while that is a great album, all of her future releases would start moving into a safe Adult Contemporary zone, to the point of being virtually unlistenable. What a shame. Perhaps if The Dreaming was more of a commercial success, Kate would have continued channeling those carefree spirits, and we could have had more music of such diversity. But let me finish this review by stating what some of the ignorant state about any new Kate offering that comes their way: This is Kate's masterpiece!
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