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  • Original Release Date: 28 Nov 2005
  • Release Date: 28 Nov 2005
  • Label: Noble & Brite
  • Copyright: 1989 Noble And Brite This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.
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  • Total Length: 45:51
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  • ASIN: B0050KBI7O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By mr h a phillip on 23 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
I seem to remember my family having a copy of her first two albums when I was about five. Twenty two years ago. I think the only reason we had them was because a family friend wanted my mum to hear the poetry Ms Bush was writing. (At that time Kick Inside and Lionheart had been out for about 3 years). I was allowed to play them in the morning to stop me waking my parents up too early. Even then I loved the sound of her voice. At that age I couldn't always hear what she was singing but that didn't matter. It was the soul she put into her sound that I heard.
Fast forward thirteen years. We had lost the albums, then I heard an interview with Kate Bush on the radio about the making of Hounds Of Love. On the strength of the clips that were played, I bought the album. Then I bought her first two and the memory of their joy all came back.
However, after buying all of her back catalogue, I enjoy The Sensual World more than the rest. Believe me, I have tried.
It isn't dazzling, very ground breaking, commercial, well received, as smokin' as Kick Inside, or relentlessly original as Hounds Of Love, but there's a calm intimacy that I haven't heard anywhere else. There are a few messy songs like Love And Anger, or Between A Man And A Woman where there's a lot going on and it feels too much with the production set up for the album, but I'm nit picking really.
The other reviews I've read for this album say it's over produced, but I say she got it smack on. You feel like you're in an underground cave and the music comes to the listener across a small pool. The way the album was engineered sounds like she's sat next to you but there's a huge, deep feel to everything. A good example is The Fog and Deeper Understanding.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Saints FC on 4 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
Kate Bush, they say, is like Marmite, you either love or hate her work. This album, however, gives some middle ground.
It's as accessible as her best selling Hounds of Love , but more complex,personal and lasting.
The James Joyce inspired title track is possibly her best ever.
However I think this album will be mostly remembered for the sublime "This Woman's Work"...worth the money on its own.
Other worthy notables include "The Fog" and "Never be Mine"
layered to perfection, and deeply evocative.
"Reaching Out" and " Rocket's Tail" see Kate hit the high notes
for the old fans and "Heads were Dancing" mentions Hilter!
"Deeper Understanding" inspired Prince...What more could you want? Fantastic album. 10/10.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K. Tune VINE VOICE on 28 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sounds like we have a consensus out there!

The Sensual World failed ( commercially ) to match the massive success of 'Hounds Of Love'. It's hard to know why. Maybe the time was right for that album - and who can deny that 'Running up that Hill' and 'Cloudbusting' are some of the finest singles ever. Maybe Kate just left it too long, as she often does, and the world had moved on.

The Sensual World succeeds as a great album however. It's cornerstone is undeniably 'This Woman's Work' which reliably brings tears to my eyes. I'm still not really sure what it's about - at one level Kate seems to be at the bedside of her dying mother, while on another the line 'I know you have a little life in you yet' could be about a mother to be. Genius.

Other stand outs are 'Reaching Out' about, well, reaching out - but Kate captures the beauty of such a simple, but essential gesture. 'Deeper Understanding' - about the way people are turning to technology for company is remarkably prescient and captures the mood of someone all alone,bar their computer. 'Never Be Mine' a song about regret - again executed perfectly, with some lovely fretless bass playing.

What I really like about this album is you're drawn into a different soundscape. 'Heads We're Dancing' and 'The Fog' are songs unlike anyone else's. The former is like a modern folk song - a dance with Hitler, Kate being unaware of his identity. The second a smoky misty evocation of a child's first swimming attempt really, for me captures the feeling of a river late at night.

Beautiful.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sep 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album contains some of Kate's best work, and certainly the most beautiful. Perhaps slighlty over produced in places, if only there was a live version, for me it ranks alongside The Kick Inside as Kate's best.
Standout tracks are the title track, Love and Anger, Reaching Out, Deeper Understanding, and one of my favourite tracks of all time This Woman's Work. The only slight downside is Rocket's Tail, but this is purely above average rather than bad.
The Sensual World is one of the few albums which I can play again and again and not tire of. Here's hoping that the new album can even come close in quality (if indeed it does ever come out)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By c westwood on 16 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
With The Sensual World, Bush turned her songwriting gaze inside. With her earlier albums the songs were mostly external, strong narratives, some with political bents, some literary. With this album even the songs which use literature (the title track, based on the end of Ulysses) or historical (Heads We're Dancing, based on a story of someone who unknowingly met and liked Oppenheimer) do so to consider the emotional reaction of the subject. Twinned with this is a softening of the music, with a strong strand of Celtic influence. The use of the Trio Bulgarka singers is inspired, daring, and perfect.
The closest comparison to draw for this album would be Bjork's Vespertine - the sound of a woman of immense energy and creativity stopping to take stock, and look inside herself for inspiration.
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