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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000007MVL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Symphony In Blue
2. In Search Of Peter Pan
3. Wow
4. Don't Push Your Foot On The Heartbrake
5. Oh England My Lionheart
6. Full House
7. In The Warm Room
8. Kashka From Baghdad
9. Coffee Homeground
10. Hammer Horror

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Enigmatic 1978 album ... recorded in Berre-les-Alpes on the French Riviera! Includes "Hammer Horror" and "Wow".

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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(Although I cannot say I know much about music... I do know what I like. And this I like. As I write this there are no other posted reviews so I will feel very privileged if this becomes the first.)
I love Kate Bush's shrill voice and her ability to write unusual songs which are complex and require thought. They seem to me to be filled with emotion, and I find myself drawn into them, and her music always touches my soul.
Her ability to capture in a song how I feel about something in MY life amazes me, and I find particular songs release me from sadness, or create gladness. "Wow" to me is a very uplifting song full of joy and yet somehow...discontent. "Don't push your foot on the heartbrake" reminds us that our emotions can get out of control... she imagines them as being like a car on a slippery road. If we shut off our emotions... it's like stepping on the brake too hard.... the vehicle spins and the wheels skid. Something like that anyway... only much deeper. Listen for yourself! "Oh England my Lionheart" is soft and sad, I think - I could imagine Kate writing this the day she had to leave for, say, The United States. I can feel the depth of her longing - her love for her homeland. "Fullhouse" is a great song! Great for those times when it all gets too much and you feel like you are going mad! It reminds you to be a bit kinder to yourself... after all... your head can get so full of "stuff". And lastly "In search of Peter Pan". I'm not sure I understand it fully even now. It seems too personal for me to possibly be able to... but in it I recognise despair and sadness... and hope?
All in all a terrific album, and one of my favourites. I can also recommend Kate's "The Dreaming" and "The Kick Inside", both of which are just as good if not better!
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The thing I have noticed the most especially from American fans of Kate Bush is that they don't get "Lionheart" as one reviewer succintly put it.
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??
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Kate Bush's "Lionheart" is, in many ways, a disappointing follow-up to the brilliant "The Kick Inside". Lionheart's song structures are not at all progressive of TKI's songs: many of them follow a set formula and are somewhat predictable (as opposed to the innovative TKI), the lyrics are embarassing, and the overall production seems rushed.
However, this is not to say that this is a bad album. "Lionheart" remains perhaps her most 'whimsical' album, with songs about Peter Pan, poisoners, exotic arabs, showbiz, and a beautiful homage to the fantastical England of childhood. The cover, to me, perfectly captures this whimsical strain of the album.
The point I am making is that although "Lionheart" is a good album, it pales in comparison to Kate's other albums, and seems the 'odd one out' in that it doesn't seem evident of any progression in her undeniable talent as a songwriter and musician. This progression isn't evident until "The Dreaming" (although aspects of "Never For Ever" are an exception).
Having said that, it should be pointed out that "Lionheart" was written and recorded in two months (or so I am told) at the instigation of her record company to capitalise on the success of TKI. Bearing this in mind, "Lionheart" is a remarkable achievement.
Standout tracks: "Wow", "Oh England My Lionheart" and "Coffee Homeground".
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Kate's second album is mellower than most of her work. Most of it is Kate's still-girlish vocals and her piano. The sole exception is the frantic guitar rocker "Don't Push Your Foot On The Heartbrake", which is inbetween two lovely songs--"Wow" and "Oh England, My Lionheart." "Heartbreak" contains a wonderful metaphor of spilling red beads to blood, and "Wow" is one of Kate's best singles.
"Symphony In Blue" is an interesting contrast between the calmer, sadder, and more tranquil blue modes and red modes, which are of love, jealousy, and sex. She sees God as tempering the beast from red to blue, and guiding her towards her symphony, for which she is needed.
"Oh England, My Lionheart" is a wonderful love song to the country of Shakespeare, Peter Pan, London Bridge, a country whose arms warmly embraces her and that she never wants to leave, even when she's ready to shuffle off that coil. For her, this is an England after the devastating effects of the Second World War, where clovers grow where air-raid shelters used to be.
"In The Warm Room" is an erotically beautiful song sensually sung from Kate's lips. "You'll fall into her like a pillow/Her thighs are soft as marshmallows/Say hello, to the soft musk of her hollows" Now that's just beautiful writing with wonderful similes.
The slightly bouncy "Coffee Homeground" with a witty chorus of arsenic in the tea, (a nod to Arsenic And Old Lace surely), and mentions of cyanide in chocolate, belladonna in coffee, depicts all the ways the lonely serial killer disposes of whoever comes to visit her. Anyone going to a house with "pictures of Crippen, lipstick-smeared" should do an about-face towards the front door.
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