ARTIST: Kate Bush
TITLE: The Kick Inside
YEAR RELEASED: 1978
CHART ACTION: #3 UK
SINGLES: Wuthering Heights (#108 US, #1 UK), The Man with the Child in His Eyes (#85 US, #6 UK), Moving, Them Heavy People, Strange Phenomena
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not over here
LINEUP: Kate Bush, Ian Barinson, Paddy Bush, Duncan Mackay, Andrew Powell, David Paton, Stuart Elliott, Morris Pert.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Nineteen year old songwriter and dramatic soprano becomes a UK phenomenon with her evocative voice and literary songs.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Featuring songs written throughout her teenage years, 19-year old Kate Bush became a phenomenon in the UK and Europe with a dramatic single retelling of “Wuthering Heights”.
The album sold well, and has some fantastic tracks (such as the opener “Moving”) and some tracks that cover a lot of subject matter than normal 19-year olds don’t cover.“Them Heavy People” covers religion, and the title track is a child and murder ballad based on a child and murder ballad about a murderous brother, though Bush gives it a twist.
Some tracks, though, sound like they don’t belong, and use different studio musicians. A few probably had to make up the numbers, but for the classic tracks this is definitely one to check out.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: She formed a band to tour a bit and get ready for the studio, but only used one of those musicians (her brother) on the album itself.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: There’s some really outstanding tracks here and you can skip through some of the others without a problem.