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Kate Bush ressemble à un personnage des "Hauts de Hurlevent", le roman d'Emily Brontë. D'ailleurs, depuis son éducation dans un couvent où elle apprend la musique, beaucoup d'éléments de sa biographie évoquent son univers ! Le miracle arrive en la personne de David Gilmour, le guitariste de Pink Floyd, qui croit en elle dur comme fer et l'aide à sortir The Kick Inside. D'emblée, sa voix de soprano à la virtuosité insensée séduit. Haut perchée, un brin voilée, un poil perverse (Mylène Farmer en France s'est inspirée de sa théâtralité), sa voix singulière lui assure la gloire internationale dès 1978. Lionheart est son second disque, marqué par "Wow" et "The Man With The Child In His Eyes". Indispensable, cet opus annonce la suite d'une carrière jalonnée de succès dont le tubesque "Babooshka" est, avec "Games Without Frontiers" en duo avec l'ex-Genesis Peter Gabriel, le plus important. Raffiné, Lionheart traduit un goût prononcé pour le perfectionnisme et les circonvolutions alambiquées d'arrangements à la souplesse féline. Remarquable. -- Philippe Robert
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I absolutely adore 'Symphony in Blue' but can't quite tell you why. 'Wow' everybody knows about, a biting and somewhat cynical critique of theatre life. It's the strength of this album that throughout you'll find songs that take you away from wherever you happen to be. Listen to 'In the Warm Room' and you'd have to be made of stone to not feel the temperature rise just a little, if you know what I mean!
It's worth noting here that this probably isn't the album KB wanted to release, but producer Andrew Powell was at that time all powerful, guiding/forcing her to give us another 'Kick Inside' type album. It makes sense when considering her follow up 'The Dreaming' with its sharp edges and challenging musical arrangements, and that she produced herself from then on.
True,Kate Bush has always been the most English of all English singers.Her looks and her voice recall the windy wily moors of Northern England,the lush greenery of the English countryside,the dark eroticism of English manors,and nowhere is this more apparent than in the brilliant "Lionheart".
Hammer Horror is about a plot by an understudy to kill a play's main protagonist to steal the part from her or him for that matter.Hammer refers to the venerable Hammer Studios who produced all the Dracula and Vampire movies in Britian from the 50's to the 70's.
Coffee Homeground is another song about murder ,its 19th century atmosphere is amzingly produced and nowhere else is Kate Bush's voice more eerie.
Oh England My lionheart is a true classic in both lyrics and performance.You can actually feel the aching in Kate's voice as she vows her love for her country.In the hands of any other artist this song could have been a syrupy mishmash but with Kate Bush,it's a strong declaration of love without being aggressively patriotic.
Kashka from Baghdad is a sympathetic story of 2 gay men who even though shunned by their friends and families for being gay don't care because as the landlady can clearly see every night under the moonlight,they are deeply in love and obviously oblivious to what the world thinks of them.You can hear in Kate's voice her longing to join them.I find this to be typical of Kate's sensual persona.
And by the way ,Kate has always tackled taboo subjects long before it became fashionable to do so.How many of you know that the song "Moving" from The Kick Inside is about orgasm??
This album is lush and sensual and in a way deliciously 70-ies with its weird cover photography and instrumentation.
A warm record to cherish and keep a secret and listen to in the darker and colder part of the year (for that specific reason the album's overall atmosphere strangely reminds me of Bjork's "Vespertine")
It doesn't suffer the somewhat hysterical overproduction of later work such as "The Dreaming", "The Sensual World" and "The Red Shoes" (although it loses one star because of "Coffee Homeground", which in its silliness should've been on "Never For Ever".)
On Lionheart the melodies and choruses are richly beautiful ("Fullhouse", "Symphony in Blue") and songs like "In Search Of Peter Pan and especially "Oh England My Lionheart" have that typical Romantic-Kate-Bush-Old-English-Roses-And-Nursery-Fairytale-Feel that is so unique (and pretty hard to describe..)
That Feel of secrets in the garden and whispers in your sleep.
The smell of coffee and dusty attics and female eroticism...
So, getting beyond the sound, how is the music? This is not the best of Kate Bush's albums. Some people say that it is better than the Kick Inside. The best song on Lionheart isn't as good as anything on the Kick Inside.
The lyrics on this CD are not very strong and the song structures are weak. On this CD, Bush really exercises her unique vocal stylings and vocal range, all in the space of a few seconds. After the powerful Kick Inside, this was a let down, especially considering its length at only 36 minutes. There just isn't much here.
Bush's vocals are very unique and a matter of taste. I happen to like them. But she can try your patience at times. I heard someone describe Tori Amos being just like Kate Bush but not as annoying. On this CD, there are parts with very effective interaction between piano and vocals, especially on the first few tracks. It creates a very distinctive mood. But, the sound quality is so poor, that you can't appreciate it.
If the CD had better sound quality, I would definitly increase my rating. And, it is very possible that the newer editions have had the sound problems fixed.
Most recent customer reviews
Like hearing bells ring. Case had a small crack it, but product was undamaged.Published 8 months ago by Jean Shaw
Lionheart is a curious album, displaying one step forwards then two steps back in terms of Kate Bush's progression as an artist. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2003
This is by far my favourite of all kate's albums. her voice is fresh and melodic some thing to be treasured. Read morePublished on July 16 2003
It really does matter which version of the album you have. I recently acquired an version found in her box set and I notice a marked increase in quality. Read morePublished on June 29 2003 by Damien Bjorn Ruud
The follow-up to her stunning debut, "Lionheart" already shows Bush experimenting winningly with the basic template of bass, piano, drums and voice that informed all of... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2003 by Snow Leopard
It frustrates me that artists like Kate Bush don't get talked about now or played on the radio. It's now all about dance routines and shallow songs written by office-habiting song... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2003 by Andrew Murray
I agree that the whole mood this album creates is in the same vein as a Grimm's Fairy Tale. Weird chord progressions, not self-indulgent, brilliant (but you don't feel jealous and... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2002