Kate Bush burst onto the scene with the #1 single “Wuthering Heights”. Born Catherine Bush in Welling, England in 1958, she quickly became known for her very eclectic vocal style and her “arty” videos. She was just 19 years old when the song that launched her career topped the UK chart and then instantly made her a global artist reaching #1 in Australia, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and top 10 in several European Countries.
Side 1 begins with the haunting “Moving” her now distinctive vocal meanders all over the upper register. This is followed by “The Saxaphone Song” which of course has a great sax solo performed by Alan Skidmore. “Strange Phenomena” speaks about déjà and synchronicity and “Kite” bounces along with a slight reggae beat. My favorite two tracks finish side one, the delicate and sensitive “The Man With The Child In His Eyes” and the classic “Wuthering Heights” the song depicting the Bronte story of Kathy and Heathcliff.
Side 2 starts with “James And The Cold Gun” one of the rockier tracks of the album. Next is “Feel It” and the pace slows down, a simple song with piano backing. On “Oh To Be In Love” you can hear the mandolin on this track played by her brother Paddy Bush. With L’Amour Looks Something Like You” the mood slows and changes again and her vocal hits some high notes. “Them Heavy People” is a favourite of mine, a quirky almost slow reggae beat. “Room For The Life” a mid tempo pop song and the title track, a ballad, “The Kick Inside” closes the album.
The Album was produced by Andrew Powell. All the Tracks were written by Kate Bush. It reached #3 in the UK and held out a chart position for 66 weeks and was certified as Platinum. I think she is one of the best British songwriters and musicians who after 35 years is still producing quality pieces of music. At the time of writing tickets have gone on sale for her first concert tour since 1979.