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Kate Bush is one of the most successful and groundbreaking British solo performers of the last 30 years.

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”.

A year later she played her only concert tour to date, the ... Read more in Amazon's Kate Bush Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Nov 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000BEPLUE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,693 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

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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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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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4.3 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey M. Black on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phillysound2 VINE VOICE on 11 Dec 2005
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After the first eager play, I was disappointed. I had counted on Kate to give me the almost visceral experience of (what I consider to be) her best works. Aerial didn’t hit me in the heart. I wasn’t awestruck. People coming to Kate for the first time through Aerial might not ‘get it’. With hindsight, The Dreaming and Hounds of Love mark the end of her progressive breaking of ground that I still find exciting when I dig these treasures out for a Kate session. Her rich palette of colours has matured as she has too. Kate paints with smaller strokes nowadays. On further hearings, and you really need to open up and listen, Aerial gets better and better. In part, particularly A Sea of Honey, it is a miniaturist thoughtful work that has a close focus : the numbers that are pi; the joy that her boy Bertie brings her; an elemental appreciation of and affinity with nature and the details of domestic life; the undertow of grief; a day on the beach; a sunset. The whole album is like a series of excerpts from a journal. Kate sounds like she’s at peace with herself, content and happy. The energy of the past is diminished but her intense romantic imagination and feeling is still there. A Coral Room sounds like it dates from the Red Shoes – it’s beautiful and heartbreaking. A Sky of Honey is brimful of beauty – Kate’s sensual world – like a Turner painting or memories of the most intensely, unbelievably beautiful day. I listened at 3am and it was perfect. I started off thinking Sky was an unfinished work and Sea was the real album. Now, I love them both. She has made a lovely album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Grant on 27 Aug 2014
Format: Audio CD
It's very interesting reading the reviews of 'Aerial'. It pretty much boils down to whether you think that songs about washing machines or reciting the value of Pi can make great music or not. It's really the same debate that surrounds much modernist art - for example can a painting that is simply one colour really be art? If your answer is 'no' then buy the latest pop drivel instead. If however you think, say, Ellsworth Kelly or Philip Glass are great artists then this is the 'pop' music for you. Bush is one of the very rare musicians remotely capable of achieving similar flights of imagination and of course those songs aren't about washing machines and numbers at all.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. Hallifax on 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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