Kate Bush “50 Words for Snow” (2011)

December 1, 2011

Kate Bush is the greatest musician among Brits and 50 Words for Snow is her latest masterpiece. With this sentence I should end this review but I cannot wait with expressing my joy. The album feels like a natural follow-up to Aerial but whereas the latter was a sunny, occasionally extravagant spring midday, 50 Words is a quiet winter night. And it is not all about snow. The three opening tracks are all minimal piano ballads with an average length of each of more than 10 minutes but I assure you there is no time to yawn. For instance, Misty is about what it would be like to have sex with a snowman… On Wild Man Kate explores some old, weirder ground. The title track witnesses her sharing the mike with Stephen Fry to count down the Eskimo synonyms for snow but it is the duet with Elton John that moves most (especially the line I don’t want to lose you). It may be freezing outside but with Kate you always have a flame to warm your heart.

hydrameter: 5/5

Key Tracks: 50 Words for Snow, Lake Tahoe, Misty, Snowed in at Wheeler Street, Snowflake, Wild Man

Watch Wild Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIF40L-_HjA


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