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The Dreaming

The Dreaming

13 May 2011
4.6 out of 5 stars 135 customer reviews

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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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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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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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I bought this CD the other day after not having listened to it for years. I'd forgotten just how strange and beautiful it is, it's everything you want from a classic album. You're taken on a journey through the weird and wonderful, stories of the Vietnam War (Pull Out The Pin), bungled bank heists (There Goes a Tenner), Houdini's wifes part in the illusionists trickery (With A Kiss I'd Pass The Key), Irish jigs (Night of the Swallow) and the most amazing of all is her take on Stephen Kings "The Shining" in "Get Out Of My House" (I read that years ago when she was still writing this album) on which she sounds like a woman possesed, you can't imagine anyone could ever cover this track. I'd also forgotten how beautiful "All the Love" is...why all the 5 stars?? Because even after 20 years it's fresh innovative and bloody amazing!
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The Dreaming is one of those works that stand out of it's time to remain in the records as a "major". This is Kate Bush's masterpiece. It is completely timeless is a way that very, very few music albums are. It's absolutelly actual today as it was in the nineties or when it came out. It was an inspiration for a whole generation of "weird" songwriters like Bjork or Portishead but it's always more genuine, more visceral, more incredible, more unbelievable. Most people say Kate's best album is Hounds Of Love. Maybe that's true. But there is something about the dreaming that really overpasses Hounds. Hounds has a more POP approach to it, with obvious singles popping out, it's more dated, less free of barriers.
The Dreaming fascinated me as soon as I discoverd it after Sensual World came out. I was never the same person again.
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