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    'twas mbc 'twas kollins Michael Michael's Avatar
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    I think Kate was embarrassed by the sentimental patriotism in it, but I think that's fine. It's a character-song and the character 'speaking' is a sentimental young patriot dying for his country. All the stuff about Shakespeare and the rolling Thames and so forth is appropriate in that context.

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    "Fullhouse" was the last song that I fully encompassed on this album, but once I did it quickly became one of my favorites. The psychological aspect of witnessing one's own self-destructive behaviors was very life-altering for me. The way Kate made this clinical subject so prosy was genius in my opinion. The lyrics reek of bi-polar schizophrenia lol.

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    Lionheart is underrated. I love this album. I can see why Kate might not have a high opinion of it, and why people might feel the songwriting is stronger on TKI, but Lionheart seems a little more varied, vocally and musically, and I'll always prefer it for that. I can only listen to TKI one side at a time or I start to get bored with it, not so with Lionheart.

    And Don't Put Your Foot on The Heartbreak is one of the most fun songs to sing horrendously along to in the car with your boyfriend.

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    I've been on Lionheart kick all week and have fallen for the songs all over again, except In The Warm Room which is too soft-porn. I've always thought of this album as the runt of the litter but it's incredibly strong. This is the one I'd love to have heard a Director's Cut for, just to take some of the 70s out of it but it's hard to imagine 50something Kate singing twisted nursery songs like In Search Of Peter Pan. Really beautiful stuff.
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    Just chiming in to say that aside from a song or two, I'd never though very highly of the album until last week. I've carefully listened to it all the way through a few times and now I appreciate it quite a lot more. The thing that bugs me the most is that a couple of the songs ('Symphony in Blue' & 'Heartbrake') have just the loveliest verses but transition into somewhat garish choruses.

    The songs I already knew well and loved ( 'In Search of Peter Pan', 'Wow', and 'Oh England My Lionheart') remain my favourites, however I can see this changing as I continue to listen.

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    Sorry to double post, but I just have to say that I've really bonded with this album lately.

    I used to hate the chorus of 'Symphony in Blue' but now I love the whole song! The 'more I think about sex' verse is genius, and so unexpected coming from an intellectual 20 year old Kate! I have so much admiration for this woman it's not funny. I'm the same age as she was when she made her first couple albums and I'm in complete awe and admiration that someone my age could be that mature and down to earth.

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    I just listened to Coffee Homeground for probably the first time all the way through, and um... WTF??? That song is out of control.

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    ^ it is awesome. One of my favourites off that record. The melody is so utterly bonkers. It's brilliant.

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    There's a good defence of Lionheart here: http://dalenickey.wordpress.com/2013...art-revisited/

    I wonder if this album gets so much stick because Kate herself has dissed it so often? There are some great songs on it - Wow, Fullhouse, In Search Of Peter Pan and Oh England My Lionheart are highlights for me. Her voice its at its most shrill, which might be offputting to some, but the production has come back into fashion lately and it doesn't sound as dated as it did when I first heard it in the late eighties. The jazzy drums and piano-based songs are where she's at again in her music. But I can't stand In The Warm Room.

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    That was a nice read. I agree Kate is far too hard on herself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebby View Post
    ^ it is awesome. One of my favourites off that record. The melody is so utterly bonkers. It's brilliant.
    The guy who ran a foundation course I did few years ago found out about my obsession with Kate Bush, and told me that he used to drive a taxi cab and that he once picked up Kate! I always like to imagine that he was the taxi driver who inspired that song. He doesn't seem crazy enough, but you never know

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    No love for In the Warm Room? I literally noticed it after years of having Lionheart, and now I'm in love. Her voice is like a flute in the ''she'll tell you she's true'' part.

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    Love that track.

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    I've always found that song really underrated.

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    Happy to see some love for Lionheart here. I love it! Coffee Homeground, Wow, Kashka From Baghdad, Hammer Horror and Symphony In Blue are all brilliant. Especially Wow and Hammer Horror!
    Maybe for once, someone will call me "Sir" without adding, "You're making a scene."

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