My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: The Dreaming is the fourth album from English musician Kate Bush. The album was recorded over a year and a half period from September 1980 to May 1982. The album was released in September of 1982.
What I think: This is quite the odd album. It’s layered with a lot of sounds, contains strange screams and has generally weird song structures. It’s really a progressive rock album. But the thing that strikes me is that it doesn’t sound all that odd and I think I know why. I grew up on nineties alternative radio and I think a lot of the female musicians who were played heavily at the time (and still are on the wonderful 89.3 The Current) like Bjork (who says this is one of her favorite records), Tori Amos and (though I’m less familiar with) PJ Harvey used these sounds as a blueprint for their own records. So where someone coming to this record out of the blue would think it strange, I actually am really at home in the sound, the oddity, and the weirdness and it’s really cool to hear the influence on a sound I grew up with.
I think my favorite part of the record is when Bush incorporates this really high pitched, panned backup vocal into the songs. “Suspended in Gaffa”, “Leave it Open” and “Pull Out the Pin” all do this and those tracks stand out the most to me.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I like it, and I think it deserves to be here.
Rating (Out of 5) 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (393/516)
Amount that are new to me: 76%