Kate Bush
The Kick Inside


4.5
superb

Review

by sonictheplumber STAFF USER (107 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2012 | 43 replies


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist


Kate Bush's debut is rather remarkable - not only is it the first release by a woman who would prove to be a British sensation and one of the most talented and revered artists of all-time (in her native land, anyway), but she was 19 when it was released and she was even younger when she wrote and thought up all of these songs.

Later proving to constantly reinvent herself and be as unpredictable as possible, Kate cemented her position as a "smart" pop artist with this album by writing clever and inventive songs dealing with subject matters previously untapped into by female pop singers, such as abortion and even drawing from literary inspirations. Her idiosyncratic and sexy/sweet voice combined with the out-of-the-ordinary lyrics and the progressive-influenced music (with nearly the entire Alan Parsons Project acting as her backing band) solidified Kate Bush as one of the most talented babes in music.

Despite her reputation as a weirdo and something of an eccentric witch or whatever popular legend suggests, The Kick Inside, for all of its quirks and oddities (like the song about abortion or the song supposedly about being a kite), is one of her most "normal" and easy-to-swallow efforts, and the outlandish ambition of her later records is not showing. On this album she is simply an incredibly talented songwriter and vocalist who's really good at piano and picking a backing band. These songs are adorable and sweet, and on the surface seem very simplistic, which isn't a problem.

Kate's voice is at its highest pitch it will ever be and ever was, and she sounds like the most ***able little girl on many of the tracks. Because of Kate's young age and high-pitched voice, all of the songs sound innocent, no matter what their subject matter is. Unlike many of Kate's later albums, there are no synthesizers, giving the album a less "artsy" and more stripped-down sound. There are no clear musical influences on these tracks, with the main influences being her own limited life experience and what she has been surrounded with her whole life, such as literature and different human topics. The lack of obvious musical influences and the fact that the music itself is not the main focus of the album make the album rather difficult to describe.

Kate's just so goddamned cute on this album. Even the "serious" songs make the listener go "awwww," because it's so cute to hear a beautiful teenage girl tackle "difficult" subject matter and turn them into really beautiful pop songs, and then of course the simpler tunes like "Kite" and "Oh To Be In Love" are just the sweetest songs you'll ever hear - you don't even wanna *** her, you wanna pet her and buy her a toy instead, or listen to her talk about shampoo on the phone. Despite how goddamn cute these tunes are, they also sound great and her voice is hauntingly and bone-chillingly pretty and sexy and it's not at all hard to take this album seriously, because anyone who can write songs these playful and clever and listenable is talented as hell.

This isn't thrash metal so it's rather hard for me to describe, but all I can say is if you dig good music check this out because Kate's got a song for everyone on this underappreciated gem.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ire
July 23rd 2012


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice

Ire
July 23rd 2012


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

idk i keep going back and forth with the rating

i already got two kate 5s and two 4.5s

Ire
July 23rd 2012


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dreaming is my fave on some days

not today tho

Ire
July 23rd 2012


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thought ur fave was moving pictures what happened omg

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2012


50850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening right now m/

Digging: Bobby Barnett - Little Wounds

Ire
July 23rd 2012


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea 4

listening to aerial right now

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2012


50850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have EP: On Stage whatever that is

Ire
July 23rd 2012


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

did u learn that from the kate forum

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2012


50850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have live at hammersmith too apparently


Piglet
July 23rd 2012


4662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool review bro

Cru
July 23rd 2012


79 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review! Pos'd! Kate Bush is a phenomenal artist. Her debut is one of my favorite albums of all time.

KILL
July 23rd 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

omg

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

KILL
July 23rd 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ROLLING THE ROLLING THE ROLLING THE

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2012


50850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

them heavy people boy I tell you what

KILL
July 23rd 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

under the moon bitch

Ire
July 23rd 2012


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

kill are you jesse pinkman

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2012


50850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

magnets bitch

CaptainDooRight
July 23rd 2012


30239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review is passion, pos

Ire
July 23rd 2012


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

strange phenomena and james are my favies

Storm In A Teacup
July 23rd 2012


13191 Comments


never heard of her



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