Kate Bush “Director’s Cut” (2011)

July 22, 2011

Every single release by the great Kate Bush is an artistic feast even if it is a collection of old songs with new vocals and some arrangement changes. Director’s Cut consists of four tracks from The Sensual World (1989) and seven from The Red Shoes (1993). The opening Flower of the Mountain (previously The Sensual World) finally gives Kate an opportunity to use the famous Molly Bloom’s soliloquy of James Joyce’s Ulysses. It is the only song without Bush’s original lyrics but still is highly original and absorbing. Song of Solomon finds the singer at her emotional peak and is the best thing here, both musically and lyrically. If you feel nothing while a desperate woman sings Don’t want your bullshit, yeah / Just want your sexuality / Don’t want excuses, yeah / Write me your poetry in motion / Write it just for me, yeah / And sign it with a kiss you are a cold-hearted bastard or a zombie. There are some Bible and literary allusions in the song which should arouse an intelligent man’s interest. Lily starts with a granny-like prayer to soon turn into a dramatic and captivating composition. The only single from the album titled Deeper Understanding is about now-so-obvious relationship man-computer but remember Kate wrote it back in 1989! So far, so good but the string of excellent songs is cut with not-that-great The Red Shoes. The following tracks are quite drowsy (especially Moments of Pleasure). Thankfully, the penultimate And So Is Love is very touching and sees Kate on good form again. It’s really shocking to hear the next track as it is the worst one to appear on this record: the cheesy Rubberband Girl. It’s totally out of place. I don’t really understand the reason behind this album (maybe to start and test the activity of Bush’s very own record label Fish People?) but who cares? It’s fantastic to hear from you, Kate.

hydrameter: 3/5

Key Tracks: And So Is Love, Deeper Understanding, Flower of the Mountain, Lily, Song of Solomon

Watch Deeper Understanding: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzqF_gBpS84

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