The Dreaming (1982)

Cover of 1982's The Dreaming

Only tragedy allows
the release
Of love and grief
never normally seen.

The Dreaming was the first album Bush produced herself. With her newfound freedom, she experimented with production techniques, creating an album that features a very diverse blend of musical styles.

The Dreaming met with a mixed critical reception at first. Many were baffled by the dense soundscapes she had created. The album was not considered to be a financial success, although it still reached number three in the UK album charts. However, with the exceptions of the first track to be released, "Sat In Your Lap", which predated the album by nearly a year, the following three singles fared poorly in the charts. "The Dreaming", the album's title track featuring the talents of Rolf Harris and Percy Edwards, stalled at number 48, whilst the next single, "There Goes A Tenner", failed to chart at all, despite promotion from EMI and Bush.

Bush was in her early twenties when making the album and tended to look outside herself for sources of inspiration. She drew on old crime films ("There Goes A Tenner"), a documentary about the war in Vietnam ("Pull Out The Pin"), the plight of Indigenous Australians ("The Dreaming"), the life of Houdini ("Houdini") and Stanley Kubrick's film of Stephen King's novel The Shining ("Get Out Of My House"). There are a few more personal tracks, though: the lead single, "Sat In Your Lap", examines feelings of self-doubt versus burning self-confidence and the search for a balance between the two, while "Leave It Open" speaks of the need to acknowledge and express the darker sides of one's personality.

Album Tracks:

1. Sat In Your Lap
2. There Goes A Tenner
3. Pull Out The Pin
4. Suspended In Gaffa
5. Leave It Open
6. The Dreaming
7. Night Of The Swallow
8. All The Love
9. Houdini
10. Get Out Of My House

Source: Wikipedia