Revisiting Kate Bush’s catalogue over the past week or so has only increased my appreciation of a fearless and original musician. From 1978’s The Kick Inside to 2011’s 50 Words For Snow, nearly all of her studio albums are well worth hearing, the work of a unique and talented auteur. A talented pianist with a theatrical sense and a four octave voice range, her music takes elements including music hall, Irish folk, and progressive rock into her own unique mix.
The highlight from Bush’s early albums is ‘Wuthering Heights’, which launched her career spectacularly as a 19 year old. The video has inspired Kate Bush day on 16 July each year:
1982’s The Dreaming is full of songs that feel like mini movies, like the intense closer ‘Get Out Of My House’:
1985’s Hounds of Love gained commercial success despite her studio auteur approach and idiosyncrasies, with hits like ‘Running Up That Hill’.
1993’s The Red Shoes is often overlooked, but featured this beautiful song, ‘Moments of Pleasure’, inspired by her mother’s death:
2005’s Aerial was a strong comeback after a 12 year hiatus, with beautiful songs like ‘A Coral Room’:
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