i am leaps and bounds away from being an obsessive kate bush fan. i will admit that her music does have sort of a nostalgic hold on me, especially the music from this album.
this is undoubtedly the best kate bush album out there. more people are fond of "hounds of love," but i think that has more to do with the fact that it was her breakaway hit album. "the dreaming" is far superior in its scope, songwriting, production, and concept than anything before or after it.
what i really admire about the album is that it is almost a theatrical piece, with a strange and vibrant cast of characters and stories. she uses her voice in so many different ways and displays an enormous range of musical tastes on this album. she sings about bank heists gone wrong, intruders, houdini drowning, the moment of death, and many other bizarre and intriguing topics...but with great passion and intensity.
"all the love" is one of my favorite songs that i can think of. it is a haunting and beautiful song about death, and the things that can haunt you at that moment. and "houdini" is probably the most theatrical piece of the album, in which she is singing from the perspective of rosabel, who was houdini's stage partner and lover, who would pass a key to him with a kiss. it is a brilliant song, with beautiful piano and string accents throughout.
her song construction is at its most accomplished on this album. there is a effortless mix of fairlight and keyboard elements, percussion, multi-layered vocals, bass and guitar. if you listen to the album with good headphones, it is quite a revelation. she is at her peak here, and although like i mentioned before, most people refer to "hounds of love" as her best, i think that album sounds more dated, even though the songwriting is really just as strong.
also check out "never for ever." it was the release before this album, and is almost as good.