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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Kate Bush “Wild Man”

October 10, 2011

Hear the new single by Kate Bush. It’s from her upcoming album entitled 50 Words for Snow:

http://www.pitchfork.com/news/44244-kate-bush-announces-new-single/

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