When I'm unhappy, Kate makes me happy again. She's one of the most dynamic, talented, and certainly kookiest female vocalists of all time. Her début is a good example of her working method: deeply poignant ballads mixed with insightful Pop tunes (no, it's not an oxymoron after all). Reliant on piano much of the time, she still finds time to fit in the occasional Reggae or Jazz moment. Kate doesn't follow trends; her eccentricity makes her incapable of doing so, and while many have tried to replicate her genius, they rarely come even close. It's Pop music for the intellectual. Sincerely, Kate's music makes my life better, and The Kick Inside is one of the ten best albums that I own.