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The quintessential Kate Bush album,
This review is from: The Kick Inside (Audio CD)
This is where it all began for Kate Bush all those years ago, and between 1975 and 1978 she wrote perhaps her finest ever work in the shape of The Kick Inside. Every track is superb (not a single dud) and you are left with a sense of complete awe at the sublime musical texture which the amazingly talented Kent teenager had written and composed (the KT Bush Band did an admirable backing job).
Standout tracks in include the single-that-never was 'Them Heavy People', the drama-pop of 'James & The Cold Gun' and the classic Wuthering Heights. The album has a romanticised, Joyce-esque feel to it, yet there is darker edge to many of the tracks which would become more prominent in her later works. Released during the height of the punk/New Wave explosion (and with disco to compete with too), this album stood way out from the crowd and attained respect from all musical quarters. The sound, even now, is unique and will probably never be bettered, even by Kate herself.
I have reviewed many of Kate's albums, but this is the one I listen to over and over again. Many will say the Hounds of Love or Never For Ever are her best works, but The Kick Inside is by far her most accomplished album to date, and is certainly one the greatest debut albums of all time for a female solo artist, if not one of greatest overall debut releases ever.