A gothic fantasy soundscape reverberating from the darkness
sensative psycho | Parker, CO | 12/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Without a doubt, "The Dreaming" is one of the weirdest recordings in music. It is the first album by Kate Bush that she fully produced herself, and it heavily uses the Fairlight CMI. The CMI along with some of Paddy Bush's expertise in ancient and exotic instruments give "The Dreaming" its unique sounds and textures.
Upon its release, "The Dreaming" was met with mixed feelings from both critics and fans. However, it did peak at #3 on the UK album chart and was the first Kate Bush album to enter the US Billboard Top 200 reaching #157.
The songs on this record are diverse in terms of sound, topic, and even the voices of Kate Bush. The opening track `Sat in Your Lap' is an up-tempo song with pounding drums and piano chords along with blaring horns in the foreground. `Suspended in Gaffa' is a great piano-driven track with a fantasy bounce to it. The title track plays along like a tribal doomsday trance with a constant bullroarer in the background. `Night of the Swallow' is the most majestic and Irish song on the album with soaring vocals, and a personal favorite of mine. Another one of my favorites, `Houdini', is a dramatic and emotional song that is beautifully sung by Kate in a sweet, operatic voice and with a strained growl between verses and instrumental breaks. The last tune, `Get Out of My House', is probably the weirdest song of the album, but a good closer nonetheless.
As a body of work, "The Dreaming" is a complex and sometimes misunderstood masterpiece, a one-of-a-kind journey that will take you through the strange underworld of Kate Bush.
Best Album of the 80's. Hands Down.
Colin M. Maguire | Seattle, WA | 09/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When people speak of The Beatles reinventing music with Revolver, this is that very same type of experience. This is nothing short of genius, and easily Kate's best album. For what was to come in 1985 with Hounds of Love being her Sgt. Pepper - The Dreaming is her Revolver. An amazing album with great short stories, characters and texture...not to mention that it is Out There. One for the ages. And I was one of it's detractors as a kid...I was in love with Kate's first three albums, and then The Dreaming came out in 1982, when I was 14 - and I was baffled by it..! It took six months before it started to sink in, and once I got into the right space with it, it became like breathing air to me. It is not an easily accessible album by any means - but like a book of good stories by Poe or Lovecraft...once you get it, it unfolds itself to you and you are a lifer. There is no better album than this from that decade. This is the definitive Kate Bush."