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Aerial

Kate Bush Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
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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 (314 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303 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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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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8 of 8 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 12 years of waiting... 20 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
Having been a huge Kate fan since I was in my teens back at the end of the seventies, this is a hard album to review, in fact it took me a week to play it after buying it on release day, such was the anticipation, so here goes.. Disc 1: King Of The Mountain,we all know by now: Pi, odd but excuisite: Bertie, a little too self indulgent for my liking but we'll forgive her that one: Mrs Bartolozzi, odd subject matter but hey it's kate: How To Be Invisible, great song: Joanni, stand out song of disc 1 great rythyms haunting melodies and b.v's, would sit niceley on "The Dreaming" (Kate's best album): A Coral Room, just Kate and a piano nobody does this kind of song better in fact nobody does this kind of song full stop. So disc 1 gets 4 stars. Now... Disc 2: This has to be reviewed as a whole, and as such, I give it 5 stars... no.. blow it, let's give it 6, this is what we have so missed for the past 12 years, it's why Kate has such a long and loyal following and why we love her so much. Nothing anyone else does touches this. This is pure music. This is pure magic. This is pure Kate
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23 of 26 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure music 7 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is a true grower. Owning every Kate Bush album I was keen to hear this latest release. I made the mistake of listening to it once and thinking it wasn't up to the usual standards expected of Kate. It was then shelved until 2 months ago when I thought I would give it another go. Am I glad I did.

This is an album which I don't want people to know about. It is a personal and beautiful work of art which if you don't understand, then so be it.

Go away and hide if you don't appreciate this work - this is music at it's finest. Uncategorisable. Rock, jazz, pop - who cares? - it's fantastic music.

I listen to this album every night before I go to sleep and I am sure my dreams are sweeter because of it.

Kate - Please give us more soon.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Kate Bush 9 Nov 2005
By biscuit
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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5.0 out of 5 stars what's up? now Kate is preforming live again everybody ...
what's up ? now Kate is preforming live again everybody is suddenly into Kate's music again ... when I first heard the painters link+sunset In 2005 I almost cried, the beauty of it... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Rik
5.0 out of 5 stars I was in the front row....
In my opinion, Aerial is her 2nd most inspirational collection of sounds and textures. I was so fortunate enough to have been in the front row of the Opening Night of her 'Before... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Andrew Ward
2.0 out of 5 stars ... fan of Kate Bush's old material but haven't really enjoyed the...
Was a fan of Kate Bush's old material but haven't really enjoyed the material on this CD.
Published 4 days ago by P JONES
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Boundary of Pop
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... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Peter Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and interesting 2 cd set
Unusual and interesting 2 cd set of Kate Bush songs. Takes a bit of getting used to and I think she had a free reign to put together a selection of what she wanted. Read more
Published 8 days ago by asocrates
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this album.
Published 9 days ago by Sandra Surcouf
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT ALBUM.
EXCELLENT. Worth every penny paid.
Published 1 month ago by les baker
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit like buses?
I bet you're wondering about the title of my review? Well, you wait for what seems like an eternity and then two come along at the same time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Possum Pie
4.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you.
I have played it a few times, but it hasn't quite sunk in yet. It may take a few years. Listen to someone elses' copy before buying one.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. P. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted
Heard about this album for many years and finally decided to buy it. It is beautifully crafted and haunting to listen to.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. W. Allbrook
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