by Yonah Paley
The first time you hear Kate Bush's voice, it sounds as if a dark rain cloud cloud has just lifted from over an ancient castle. The sunlight breaks through the trees, illuminating the animals and fields below, blinding them with a tremendous light. Then come the lyrics, spun from the finest, strongest silk the kingdom has to offer. The intrigue and poetry is too much for you to look away.
When Kate Bush entered the music industry, there was nobody else like her. Her way with words is wholly unique, meditative, and saturated with a library full of literary and cinematic references. She is not afraid to explore heady concepts such as mystery, womanhood, and the space between lines. Her experimental phase in the early 1980s is so bold and rich, and the albums warrant multiple re-listens. Although the second half of her career is arguably much weaker than the first, she continues to try out new musical styles and genres. Kate Bush is a musical treasure, who has inspired the likes of artists from Bjork to Big Boi.
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