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  1. #61
    Warning: very unpopular opinions ahead.

    The Kick Inside
    + The Man with the Child in His Eyes: A 70's singer/songwriter classic. This could also be "Wuthering Heights" but I only listen to the re-recording.
    - Feel It: Shrieky and insufferable - a prime candidate for the least sexy record ever.

    Lionheart
    + Don't Push Your Foot on the Heartbrake: Kate stretching her music in a different direction, this is a full-on rocker and a great one, at that.
    - Coffee Homeground: I get what she was going for but this is kind of unpleasant for me.

    Never for Ever
    + Breathing: This truly opened the door for the masterful compositions of her future albums.
    - Babooshka: Unbearable - this was one of the first songs I heard from KB and it's so shrill and annoying that it almost put me off her work for good.

    The Dreaming
    + Leave It Open: So dark and theatrical - this one stays with you long after the first spin.
    - Sat In Your Lap: It still sounds completely pointless to me - pretentious and aimless.

    Hounds of Love
    + Hello Earth: Kate's genius distilled in 6 perfect minutes.
    - Mother Stands for Boredom Comfort

    The Sensual World
    + Love & Anger: The perfect pop single.
    - Between a Man and a Woman: A blatant filler track.

    The Red Shoes
    + Moments of Pleasure: I love the original as well as the DC version, but DC has its own standouts.
    - Constellation of the Heart: Sounds like a tacky mess unfortunately.

    Aerial
    + A Coral Room: Deeply moving, beautifully crafted.
    - King of the Mountain: I still can't believe this was her idea of a comeback.

    Director's Cut
    + The Red Shoes: My favorite song by the great Ms. Bush.
    - Deeper Understanding: A really misguided reworking.

    50 Words for Snow
    + Snowflake: Just devastatingly gorgeous. This could just as easily be "Lake Tahoe" or "Among Angels".
    - 50 Words for Snow: Really doesn't work as a standalone song - it's a fun concept that never really goes anywhere.

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    TKI
    + moving
    - room for the life
    LH:
    + hammer horror
    - coffee homeground
    NFE:
    + breathing
    - violin
    TD:
    + get out of my house
    - there goes a tenner
    HOF:
    + hello earth
    - mother stands for comfort
    TSW:
    + rocket's tail
    - between a man and a woman
    TRS:
    + lily
    -why should i love you, constellation of the heart, rubberband, and more
    sea:
    + a coral room
    - bertie
    sky:
    + aerial
    - prelude
    director's cut
    + lily
    - deeper understanding
    50 words
    + among angels
    - snowflake
    -time moves both ways-

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    Update!
    (I've just read my choices a few years ago, and this has changed a lot)

    The Kick Inside
    + Wuthering Heights
    - Room for the Life

    Lionheart
    + Wow
    - Oh England My Lionheart

    Never For Ever
    + Violin
    - Delius (Song of Summer)

    The Dreaming
    + Night Of The Swallow
    - The Dreaming

    (The Dreaming and Never For Ever are the only two albums where my choices didn't change)

    Hounds Of Love
    + Hounds of Love!
    - Hello Earth

    The Sensual World
    + The Sensual World
    - Between a Man and a Woman

    The Red Shoes
    + Top of the city
    - Eat the Music

    Aerial
    + Nocturn
    - An Architect's Dream (just because it's not fair to choose Prelude or The Painter's Link)

    Director's Cut
    + Lily
    - Rubberband Girl

    50 Words For Snow
    + Wild Man
    - Shut the fuck up, Elton
    When he woke up, the dinosaur was still there.

  4. #64
    The Kick Inside
    + The Saxophone Song: The catchiest damn thing in her entire back catalogue.
    - L' Amour Looks Something Like You: Thoroughly forgettable sonically and its lyrics are a full-on cheese-fest.

    Lionheart
    + Oh England My Lionheart: Incredibly touching, and a real feat of songwriting.
    - Fullhouse: All-around meh.

    Never for Ever
    + Babooshka: One of her finest and wittiest character studies.
    - Violin: Honestly, I know being shrill is often considered part of her charm, but I always want to scream at her to shut the fuck up à la Larry David when this one comes on.

    The Dreaming
    + The Dreaming / Night of the Swallow: It's cheating to include two songs, but it would also be cheating to separate this one-two punch. Magical.
    - Sat In Your Lap: I know this is not a popular opinion, but I hate everything about this song, especially the pseudo-philosophical babble that amounts to little more than a highbrow "Work Bitch".

    Hounds of Love
    + Hello Earth: This is the pinnacle of her career, everything that Kate Bush does brilliantly condensed into seven minutes. Breathtaking.
    - Mother Stands for Comfort: And while this is not the nadir by any stretch, it sticks out like a sore thumb on Hounds of Love as a result of badly dated production.

    The Sensual World
    + The Sensual World: Mystical, joyful, exhilarating, powerful. I could go on, but there's no need. Just listening to this one takes you to a whole different level.
    - Between a Man and a Woman: It really should have stayed between them.

    The Red Shoes
    + Moments of Pleasure: While many of the Director's Cut reworkings render this album obsolete, the original "Moments of Pleasure" still packs a mighty punch.
    - Constellation of the Heart: It was a toss-up between this and "Big Stripey Lie", both of which are pure noise.

    Aerial
    + A Coral Room: It's such a deeply moving and intimate moment that you almost feel like an intruder for listening in. But how could you resist a song this beautiful?
    - Prelude: Does not deserve its own track, and its purpose is better served by the "Prologue".

    Director's Cut
    + The Red Shoes: The original was my favourite Kate Bush song, so the fact that she managed to surpass it is no small accomplishment. The Director's Cut retains the earlier song's raw power but it peels back the production layers, making it all the more dark and thrilling.
    - Moments of Pleasure: Now this, on the other hand, may be the absolute nadir of her entire catalogue. It's so literal-minded and dull, and her removal of some names from the memorial at the end borders on the distasteful.

    50 Words for Snow
    + Lake Tahoe: Chills down my spine. A testament to her gifts for telling a story and creating atmosphere, both evidenced here at their peak.
    - Snowed in at Wheeler Street: A collaboration between two of the world's most interesting musicians should not be this excruciatingly boring. But here we are.
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    The Kick Inside
    + Moving
    - Room for the Life

    Lionheart
    + In Search of Peter Pan
    - Don't Push Your Foot on the Heartbrake

    Never For Ever
    + The Infant Kiss (mostly because it was inspired by my favorite movie, The Innocents.)



    - The Wedding List

    The Dreaming
    + Night of the Swallow
    - There Goes a Tenner

    Hounds of Love
    + Cloudbusting
    - Mother Stands for Comfort

    The Sensual World
    + The Fog
    - Heads We're Dancing

    The Red Shoes
    + Moments of Pleasure
    - And So Is Love

    Aerial
    Sea
    + A Coral Room
    - Bertie
    Sky

    + Nocturn
    - An Architect's Dream

    Director's Cut
    + Moments of Pleasure
    - And So is Love

    50 Words for Snow
    + Lake Tahoe
    - Snowed in at Wheeler Street

    Before the Dawn
    + Top of the City (This turned out to be the song that stayed with me throughout my trip to London to see Kate live in concert. I had never noticed what a great song it was before. After I heard it live, it lingered with me throughout my stay, especially when I visited Highgate Cemetery, when the angel imagery struck me as the principal theme of my visit.)
    - An Architect's Dream

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    The Kick Inside
    + The Man With The Child In His Eyes
    - Feel It

    Lionheart
    + Hammer Horror
    - Full House

    Never For Ever
    + Breathing
    - Night Scented Stock (though this is entirely unfair)

    The Dreaming
    + Get Out Of My House
    - Houdini (BUT I STILL LOVE IT)

    Hounds of Love
    + The Morning Fog
    - Watching You Without Me

    The Sensual World
    + Love And Anger (my favorite Kate song)
    - Between A Man And A Woman

    The Red Shoes
    + Moments Of Pleasure
    - Constellation Of The Heart

    Aerial
    + A Coral Room
    - An Architect's Dream

    Director's Cut
    + The Red Shoes
    - And So Is Love

    50 Words For Snow
    + Lake Tahoe
    - Snowed In At Wheeler Street

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