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Dreaming


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000006MS3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sat In Your Lap
2. There Goes A Tenner
3. Pull Out The Pin
4. Suspended In Gaffa
5. Leave It Open
6. The Dreaming
7. Night Of The Swallow
8. All The Love
9. Houdini
10. Get Out Of My House

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By dev1 on June 25 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'm hoping that there aren't any Kate Bush fans out there in cyberspace who don't own a copy of The Dreaming. An impossible sacrilege.
The Dreaming scares me. I don't mean "scares me" as in "Marilyn Manson scares me." It's 2 in the morning and the house is dead quiet, then I'm startled by the sound of someone turning the knob on the front door. Like The Dreaming, that scares me! Why? First there's the title. "Dreaming" is a verb; the act of visiting a fascinating world while asleep. But Kate uses the phrase "The Dreaming" as thought she's referring to a person, place or thing. She's taken an "action" and made it into something concrete, something one can touch. Next is the cover: a photograph of a seductive Kate (Mrs. Houdini) with a key hidden inside her mouth. She's about to pass this tool of escape to Mr. Houdini in a kiss. Very alluring, very erotic. But it's Kate's eyes that give the photograph (and The Dreaming) an air of the unnatural. Kate's not peering into the eyes of her affection, but into something eerie far in the distance . 'Pull Out The Pin' is filled with bone-chilling fear and blood-curdling horror. 'Leave It Open' contains the frightening lines "Harm is in us. Harm in you and me." 'Get Out Of My House' is as unnerving as my 2 AM tale.
The most unsettling composition is 'Sat In Your Lap.' For me, it is a stomach-turning confessional with a theme that lies beneath the lyrics: the theme is incest. Many artists attempt dark, forbidding and metaphysical material which usually comes off as comical. The Dreaming isn't the least bit funny. Welcome to the supernatural world of Kate Bush. Buyer Beware.
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Format: Audio CD
This is probably one of the most original recordings I have ever heard. I first heard this back in the 80's and songs such as "Sat In Your Lap", "The Dreaming", "Suspended In Gaffa", and "There Goes A Tenner" still give me chills till this day. It usually goes for cheap prices nowadays so I suggest picking it up.
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Okay, I'm not sure what category of music _The Dreaming_ REALLY belongs to. There is an emphasis on vocals, hooks, and strong melodies, yet the sheer musical eclecticism and wild performance make for something quite beyond your johnny-pop music. Perhaps if she had a discography of 1000 albums and she were very popular, she might be afforded her own section (at the music store: rock, jazz, classical, metal, Kate Bush). But this album's defiance of traditional characterizations is no small part of its allure, nor is it a mean artistic feat. This is Kate Bush' perfect marriage of eclectic imagination, enthralling performance, and acute songcraft. Insofar as experimental pop goes, few albums are this listenable and artistically successful.
And that performance...Bush sings like a woman possessed, essentially becoming different characters in each song. "Houdini", with its sensuous, snaky fretless bass and dreamy atmosphere, has Bush singing at times with the sweetness of the dappling of things and at others like an irate lioness. Musically, she is just as brilliant as she is with her voice. Her sense of rhythm and texture is remarkable, as is her ability to transform her influences (both in terms of artists and musical resources) into something very unique and strange. Her reconstruction of Celtic-folk dance on "Night of the Swallows" is sublime; her tense, driving beat and sneaky vocals on "There Goes a Tenner" is indelibly catchy; "Sat in Your Lap" kicks off with an infectious piano & drums shuffle, and Bush's vocals range from snappy utterances ("I see the people workin', I see it workin' for them") to faux-Broadway wails ("just when I think I'm king, I must admit...").
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By "baylo" on Dec 24 2003
Format: Audio CD
By far Bush's darkest AND most eccentric hour. Percussive, dense and lush, not a musical genre is left untouched as a corcucopia of weird musical instraments seam in perfectly with early Fairlight sampling technology. Bush whispers, moans, and screams throughought ten tracks that deal with personal failings and humanity's capacity for wrongdoing. What should be a very weird and unsettling album is smoothed out by immaculate production, rendering it instead an extremely quirkly yet oddly listenable experience. It seems likely that the production airbrushes somewhat over the impact the album is trying to evoke, maybe the only thing that keeps 'The Dreaming' from being a perfect article of pure genius.
Best Tracks: There Goes a Tenner, Night Of The Swallow, Get Out Of My House.
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Never For Ever was proving ground for Kate Bush's experimental weirdness. Her 1982 followup, The Dreaming, taken after the aboriginal concept of a link to God or heaven, takes that direction to the core and is Kate's most innovative and weirdest (in a great sense) album ever. Weird vocal stylings, clever instrumentation and lyrics characterize this album. The engaging single "Sat In Your Lap" is about someone who's too lazy to work, favoring the ivory tower of the intellectual, but has the misconception that "knowledge something that is sat in your lap." In the end, she sings "I hold a cup of wisdom, But there is nothing within. My cup, she never overfloweth, And 'tis I that moan- and groaneth."
"There Goes A Tenner" is about a heist that goes awry, with Kate affecting a slight cockney accent in parts and featuring a music hall-like piano. Throughout there are some male vocal interjections, such as the police and that classic line "What's all this, then?" Funniest lyric: "I hope you remember/To treat the gelignite tenderly for me."
"Pull Out The Pin" seems to be about a Vietnamese lying in ambush for an American soldier, ready to pull out the pin and toss the grenade at him. In the chorus, Kate's voice rises to a frenzied pitch when she sings "I love life." The sobriety of the song is underlined: "Just one thing in it/me or him."
I don't know what the heck gaffa is, as in "Suspended In Gaffa" and its skipping music-hall piano and a quick one-two-three string waltz, but the girl in there is clearly a timid soul, scared of change, unwilling to be a Pandora.
Kate "lets the weirdness in" in "Leave It Open." Her vocals are in many styles, distorted lower register, echoing high-pitched girlish, stretched tape vocals, and wailing.
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