This CD has the worst sound quality I have ever heard on a studio recording. The highs are really fuzzy. It sounds like an LP being played with lint on the needle. I have an early copy of the CD. No one else has complained about the sound quality, so maybe newer copies of the CD don't have this problem. I know that some of the early CD's did not have good sound quality. In the eighties, digital music magazines would rate both the music and the sound quality of new CD's. That is why some CD's advertise digitally remastered across the cover, to let you know that they are not the bad version from the eighties.
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.