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Kate Bush Audio CD
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Her first single “Wuthering Heights” topped the UK singles chart for 4 weeks in 1978, the same year she released her debut album “The Kick Inside” and its follow-up “Lionheart”.

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  • Audio CD (7 Nov 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. King Of The Mountain
2. Pi
3. Bertie
4. Mrs. Bartolozzi
5. How To Be Invisible
6. Joanni
7. A Coral Room
Disc: 2
1. Prelude
2. Prologue
3. An Architect's Dream
4. The Painter's Link
5. Sunset
6. Aerial Tal
7. Somewhere In Between
8. Nocturn
9. Aerial

Product Description

It's often said that a musician's debut represents the culmination of a lifetime's worth of experiences, but their sophomore effort is usually derived from just the intervening year. By waiting 12 years between The Red Shoes and her new double CD, Aerial, Kate Bush has tried to regain that lifetime. It's a remarkably coherent recording, reflecting the unique world of sound and spirit Bush has inhabited since her debut.

The first disc, subtitled A Sea of Honey, is a suite of personal reveries. It ranges from "King of the Mountain", a contemplation of unbridled celebrity and its isolation that references Elvis and Citizen Kane, to the piano-and-voice study "Mrs. Bartolozzi", an ode to household chores whose chorus is "Sloshy sloshy sloshy sloshy, get that dirty shirty clean". With its Depeche Mode-influenced synth-pads, electro pulses, and lyric cadences, "King of the Mountain" is vintage Bush pop. But many of the songs attain more epic proportions, like the dynamic "Joanni", a hymn to Joan of Arc. It's the second disc--a suite called A Sky of Honey--on which Bush really comes into her own. Using metaphors of the turning of the day and the flight of birds, she orchestrates a meditation on the cycles of life. Musically expansive, she weaves her compositions out of birdsong, subtle orchestrations, and jazz trios, showing herself at her experimental best. Embracing her relatively new motherhood, as well as the death of her mother, Aerial is a deeply personal album, and a welcome return from one of pop music's true icons and vocal wonders. --John Diliberto

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Aerial marks the long awaited return of Kate Bush--one of the UK's most unique, respected and influential figures. The double album, Kate's first since 1993's The Red Shoes, presents the perfect opportunity to reintroduce Kate to her global fanbase and introduce her work to a whole new audience. The album will be released as a double CD in special gatefold card packaging (plus 24 page booklet).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best album of all time! 14 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
This really could be the best album ever. Here I shall now attempt to describe it:

1. King of the Mountain - This is about Elvis. The reggae-esque guitar slices up the whooshy windy sound of the track. 10/10

2. Pi - This is about a man who has a complete infatuation with the calculation of pi. KB then goes on to sing pi (well, as much as the 6min9sec song will allow!). It is bouncy, hypnotic and lovely. 10/10

3. Bertie. An ode to her son. Sounds medieval. I love it. LOVELY LOVELY LOVELY LOVELY BERTIE! 10/10

4. Mrs Bartolozzi - About a woman who loses her husband [I think!]. Don't get suckered into thinking this is about a washing machine. This song is about love and sex and longing. 10/10

5. How to be Invisible - A bouncy song with a decent amount of guitar in it. Nice. 8/10

6. Joanni - this is about Joanni of Arc(i). Has a fade in. 9/10

7. A Coral Room - about KB's mum. Very sad, very beautiful. Uplifting at the same time. Just KB and a piano. Fab. 10/10

8. Prelude - Now we get onto the second half of the album, all about a nice summers day. Ahh. This is an introduction, nothing much to it. 1/10

9. Prologue - There is something in this song that scares me! But it is amazing. The joyous words seem to clash with how she is singing. There is a verse in Italian. ace! 10/10

10. An Architect's Dream - WARNING, this song features Rolf Harris. That aside, it is a lovely song about painting. 9/10

11. The Painter's Link - Short interlude. 1/10

12. Sunset - KB describes a sunset. And it is joyous, wonderful, lifting, heart warming...starts as a lovely ballad, then wooshes into a latin-tinged fiesta at the end. 10/10

13. Aerial Tal - KB laughs along with some birds.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By J
Format:Audio CD
Two albums really. Disc one is a mix of Bush quirk. Some songs are great - Mrs Bartolozzi stands out - but some aren't.

The second disc is the reason you want this in your record collection. More of a painting than a record. It's a concept album like the Hounds of Love second side the Ninth Wave and as good as that was this is better - more mature, inventive and mysterious. Every time you listen it reveals something new. It's like being relaxed and stimulated at the same time. Her voice gets better with the years, which is handy given the amount of time she takes to make records. Although as impatient as you get for new songs you forgive her as soon as they come out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The birds and the Bush 21 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
Kate is a british icon - still sounding as unique as she did 30 years ago. That was a time when true talent was nurtured, rather than dropped after one failed single. It was wonderful to see her back and reminding us of her eccentric genius.

It's 'A Sky of Honey' that lifts this album into the 'essential' category. You owe it to yourself to sit in an English country garden and listen to it. Just a beautiful summery concept album, where Kate makes songs from the coo-ing and chirping of pigeons and blackbirds. The moment when I gazed out over the moonlit ocean in Miami and the words "We stand in the Atlantic and we become panoramic" played over my iPod will stay with me forever. It's worth the price for CD2 alone.

Elsewhere, 'A Sea of Honey' is less cohesive, but still intriguing. Only Kate can get away with writing child-like songs about cheerful domesticity. Maybe her love for her son can be a little cloying, but at least it's honest. 'Pi' manages to make numbers sound sexy as hell. 'A Coral Room' is an intensely personal song about the death of her mother. You feel like you're intruding on her grief just by listening to it - but that's what separates a true artist from the wannabe; she expresses the loss in the best way she knows.

Kate Bush is an original and we should cherish her while we still can.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Kate Bush 9 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
Like thousands of others I have waited a long time for this one but I can assure you it was worth it. One of the interesting things about Kate Bush is how she doen't appear to be affected by current music trends; she just does her own thing. In an age of talentless wannabes she is a positive gale of fresh air.
On A Sea of Honey, she makes the mundane profound, the everyday; sublime. Washing machines, numbers, little brown jugs all take on their own significance. We are all made up of these seemingly meaningless moments. Combined with hypnotic soundscapes, Ariel draws you in like a siren. Femaleness has always been intrinsic to her work and 'Bertie'is a celebration of absolute mother love, while 'A Coral Room' is an ode to loss.
A Sky of Honey charts the progress of a day and is filled with birdsong, or as Bertie puts it 'The sky is full of birds'. At one point she laughs and laughs, in an imitation of birdsong. Not only does she get away with it but it all makes perfect sense!
The result is a dreamlike vision, richly textured and full of colour that make you glad to be alive, exhibiting a depth and maturity which surpasses even the Hounds of Love. Don't get me wrong, she is still as peculiar as ever, only even more convincing these days. This album made me cry, not just because of its beauty, but because it is so wonderful to know that pure God-given talent still does exist. Buy it because it is the best Kate Bush album yet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Delivers
A superbly written and performed album from Kate Bush, lovingly mastered and transferred to vinyl. An immersive and ethereal experience.
Published 13 days ago by Steve Zettel
5.0 out of 5 stars kate proves that class is permament
Aerial is kate's 1st double album that was released after a 12 year absence away from the music the buisness. Read more
Published 29 days ago by stephen darcy
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and moving
Music, lyrics and album artwork give a multidimensional experience. Don't know anybody who could sing and laugh with a blackbird like Kate Bush!
Published 2 months ago by Chris Lykkegaard
5.0 out of 5 stars Too many negative reviews here
I don't have this problem which many have here of analysing every word and note before deciding this CD is poor. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb album from Kate
This is a masterpiece from Kate with some stunning tracks on the first CD and just the most lusciously beautiful 'day painting' on the 2nd CD. Read more
Published 5 months ago by KiltedGreen
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this?
I am a life long fan but this is manic depression & I know the signs. Either that or this is so deep, she is drowning.

Published 6 months ago by Ferret
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
If you like Kate then buy this album, better than Red Shoes, more on par with sensual world in my opinion.
Published 9 months ago by Vanceg
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill!
Really exceeded my expectations, have had trouble with used CDs in the past but this has re-instilled my confidence. Thank-you, great job!
Published 11 months ago by Jess Galloway
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for any music lover!
I've just discovered this album after only really listening to Hounds of Love and A Kick Inside before. Read more
Published 11 months ago by sweet euphoria
5.0 out of 5 stars aerial
kate bush has always been a favorite of mine and i took my eyes off the target for a few years as i got on with other parts of my life. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Stephen P. Blatch
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