Kate Bush
The Kick Inside


5.0
classic

Review

by Aaron USER (8 Reviews)
July 13th, 2009 | 317 replies | 16,080 views


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's me; I'm a tree, I'm a wombat. Oh, so cold at the end of your winter.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Kate Bush is best known for being weird, but if you delve beyond her aesthetic and behavioral traits, you find she's a hugely powerful singer with a unique approach to song writing. 1978's The Kick Inside, Bush's first album and released when she was just 19 years old, is a dynamically varied album which has stood the test of time as one of the defining albums of the 1970s.

When listening to The Kick Inside, the audience has no doubt of its time period of recording. Rich analogue tone interspersed with moments of digital experimentation defines the aural tone of the album, supported by careful instrument selection and usage. It also goes without saying that Bush's vocals on all the tracks are impeccable; her range and tone is nothing short of astounding. An example being The Saxophone Song's introductory whale singing which segues into piano and acoustic guitar and the gradual layering of drums, guitar and bass, until stabs of saxophone jump out to play call and response with Bush's vocals. Happily though, the sonic qualities of the album don't sound dated to listeners.

One subjectively negative aspect of The Kick Inside is the pace of the tracks on the album. With all tracks sitting between the spectrum of slow-burner ballads and mid-tempo pop vamps the listener does not encounter variation in pace often, and certainly this will affect some listeners ability to regularly listen to the album as a whole. The counter-argument however being that this IS Kate Bush, and going in expecting anything other than alt-pop is silly.

Wuthering Heights. The penultimate Kate Bush song. The song with THAT film-clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW3gKKiTvjs). The song that was voted 10th in a poll by Amplifon of the most misheard lyrics of all time ("It's me; I'm a tree, I'm a wombat. Oh, so cold at the end of your winter"). The song that made Deborah Harry's solo career falter start began. You can't discuss Kate Bush without discussing Wuthering Heights. Wuthering Heights is one of the defining songs of the 1970s. A quirky piece based on the Emily Bronte novel of the same name, it's written from the perspective of Cathy's ghost as she floats outside of her [living] partner's window, haunting him. Weird. No#1 in seven countries and one of the top three played songs of 1978. Clocking in at 4:29 and including both the extensive use of synthesizer, orchestral percussion and a 90 second guitar solo it was a breath of fresh air to the pop world. A risky single that solidified her fan-base in one quirky, asparagus-dance move.

For those looking for an example of where female-driven pop music started to get momentum, where it began to define itself, you can go no further than The Kick Inside. Lyrically sophisticated, aurally dyanmic and with flawless production, Kate Bush's mark on the pop would would've been amazing if this was her only release, however and happily, this was just the start of something special.



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StreetlightRock
Emeritus
July 13th 2009



3761 Comments


look at me im aaron and im gonna destroy your download limit.

you bastard.


x

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

Aaron
July 13th 2009



651 Comments


Hehe, glad to be of assistance. This really is a lovely album if it matches up to your mood.

Interesting to see that my opinion on this hasn't changed since i did a soundoff in December 2007:

Wow, no comments for this album yet? I love Kate Bush. As an individual she has such a unique personality it's hard not to like her. I swear the word quirky was added to the dictionary just for her. It's taken me years to get into her music though. I guess I've been scared-off by that film clip to Wuthering Heights where she dances like a piece of asparagus flopping about.. You'll know what I mean if you've seen it. Saying that, the song is one of the album's stand-out tracks. Great album to get a feel for the period it was released. Other tracks worth checking out on here are Strange Phenomena and Kite. Really though, any track of here can be picked up on it's own and enjoyed.


Spare
July 13th 2009



5251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

aw man kate bush is so good. this is far from her best though.

Digging: Radiator Hospital - Torch Song

Meatplow
July 13th 2009



5524 Comments


Good review Aaron.... i've only heard bits and pieces of her work and i'll get this in before long. I tend to like off the wall alt pop female singers.

Aaron
July 13th 2009



651 Comments


aw man kate bush is so good. this is far from her best though.

I dunno dude, for a debut album co-produced by an 18 year old girl it's pretty amazing. Her later songs were better, but I'm not sure the albums (with the exception of Hounds of Love) was as cohesive. It's all personal preference I guess.

Piglet
November 19th 2009



4651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listen to this regularly, it's sometimes reminds me of bjork for no particular reason

Tits McGee
February 7th 2010



1876 Comments


haha Wuthering Heights is probably my biggest guilty pleasure

Gyromania
August 21st 2010



15198 Comments


Wuthering Heights is just lovely

starry
May 20th 2011



552 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"this is far from her best though."

"Her later songs were better"


But some of her best songs are on this album. Just because it doesn't have a hugely complex production behind it doesn't mean it is less good.



Crymsonblaze
May 20th 2011



7479 Comments


Wuthering Heights is so so awesome

Aaron
June 15th 2011



651 Comments


It is indeed

Meatplow
June 18th 2011



5524 Comments


yeah this is excellent

starry
June 18th 2011



552 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"The song with THAT film clip"

I actually prefer the white dress video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WChywYrwHBY) and that was the one that was actually used to promote it in Britain anyway.

TheNotrap
August 29th 2011



7981 Comments


Wuthering Heights is one of the best songs ever made IMO
Timeless music

Meatplow
August 29th 2011



5524 Comments


Moving and The Man With The Child In His Eyes are my favourites here

taylormemer
October 2nd 2011



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sup, I reckon you should rate it 5.

taylormemer
October 2nd 2011



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well at least give it 4 ok.

taylormemer
December 4th 2011



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

m/

qwe3
December 4th 2011



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i wuv james and the cold gun

taylormemer
December 5th 2011



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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