Kate Bush
Lionheart


3.5
great


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It may not be perfect, but it's a suitable companion album to her first

Lionheart is a mixed bag of the pop singles that dominated The Kick Inside and the folk influenced tracks that took a secondary role on the album, and this characteristic helps Lionheart to be cemented as a suitable companion album to its predecessor. This companionship is generated because the simple, cute, squeakily sung tracks that filled the debut, The Kick Inside, are present on this album, but take a backseat to the quirkier and more explorative folk numbers that Kate Bush has become known for, which is the adverse of Kick. In Kate's discography, The Kick Inside was the kind of debut that represented the cardinal character traits Kate had. The follow up, hastefully completed just nine months after the debut, was the record where Kate was left to expose the smaller artistic flaws in her folk influenced quirky material that wasn’t received nearly as well by the commercial audience that was targeted because of its inaccessibility. This is exactly what makes Lionheart unlike most follow up albums.

For example, "Symphony in Blue" is an adorable song that could have been included on The Kick Inside but it's not songs like these that make Lionheart so interesting. It's actually the quirkier tracks like "Coffee Homeground" and "Don't Push Your Foot on the Heartbrake" which express a side of Kate Bush that is only heard on this album. This side, while never living up to her fully developed personas of the 1980's, expands on the innocent, well mannered Kate Bush and her early influences. Sure, the album's lead single, "Wow," has the explosive chorus you want in a twinkly chart climber, but that's not far off from what the previous album had in abundance.

The mix of renewed aspects from Kate’s previous outing, with the newly emphasized, unconventional material found on Lionheart, assist it in succeeding with its innocently humorous vocal lines and simplistic pop structures. Despite featuring some of Kate's signature lyrical styles, the album lacks in its overall construct and cohesion. Unlike the albums to come, this offering isn't as mature or grand; it's much more a set of honest pop songs without a drive for top tier work which made later albums so great.


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Rick van Veldhuizen (2.5)
One of Kate Bush's lesser albums, it fails to hit the mark compared to what came before and what wou...

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2012


50850 Comments


m/

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tarkus
April 11th 2012


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos

Graveyard
April 11th 2012


5800 Comments


Are you doing her whole discography, Ire?

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Jethro42
April 11th 2012


12545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

P/

MO
April 11th 2012


18986 Comments


good shit ire

Ire
April 11th 2012


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks everyone

okay thread about how kate is hot

go

tarkus
April 11th 2012


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

her tits and face and being r nice

Jethro42
April 11th 2012


12545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

SHE'S SO

MO
April 11th 2012


18986 Comments


HEAVY

Ire
April 11th 2012


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HE'S TOO BUSY

HITTING THE VASELINE (taps butt repeatedly)

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2012


16466 Comments


pospospospospospospospospospospospospospospospospospos

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2012


31475 Comments


My edits seem to be going through at the moment

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Ire
April 11th 2012


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i can't even get to the edit page on chrome or firefox


Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2012


31475 Comments


Fatal error: Call to undefined function numcheck() in /var/www/html/sputnik/editreviews.php on line 5

Are you getting that when you try to edit your reviews?

Ire
April 11th 2012


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes

Graveyard
April 11th 2012


5800 Comments


yea me too and it sucks

KILL
April 12th 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

review is wow

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KILL
April 12th 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

amazing

Jethro42
April 12th 2012


12545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

british

KILL
April 12th 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed



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