This is a really nice, warm rendition of some of her older songs. I'm not too bothered that some of the interpretations aren't too far away from the originals. But what this record has done, is allowed me to reconsider songs that I never really understood first time round, and haven't listened to for a long time.
For instance, I never really got 'song of solomen' originally, but it is now one of my favourite songs. That line 'a wop bam boo' seems like a new line on this recording, but listening back to the original, it was in there from the beginning - except that I never really picked up on it.
With any project that covers familiar songs, I think the listener should just approach it with an open mind. Plus, with Kate, there is always that quirkiness about her which means every new release often takes a lot of time to get to know, and love. I've been living with this album for 3 or 4 months now and I find I just enjoy it as another aspect. Kate has allowed us to see the same songs from a different view 20 years down the line. It's a bonus and something most fans don't get to see of an artist.
Lastly, I just don't get all the vitriolic reviews here. If you don't like an album, you don't have to get personal about it. Some of the reviews here have been very cruel and rather thoughtless. Kate Bush is an artist, and she's entitled to do whatever she likes, even if it means she wishes to cover some of her older work. This seems to have been an upsetting thing for some reviewers, which I find hard to understand. The originals are still available, but we've been given the bonus of enjoying another view into what makes Kate Bush who she is. Enjoy the different view and stop moaning.