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5.0 out of 5 stars
Another masterpiece, 14 Nov 2005
I have to admit I was looking forward to Kate's new album with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation - surely no album can be worth waiting 12 years for?
I shouldn't have worried - 'Aerial' is a beautiful album which could only have been crafted by one person. It's difficult to pick out highlights, but for me, disc 2 'A Sky of Honey' is probably the most ambitious piece of music Kate has ever done, a concept in which there is no weak link, with tracks like 'Sunset', 'Somewhere in Between', 'Nocturn' and 'Aerial' ranking amongst Kate's best.
Disc One, 'A Sea of Honey' is more individual songs - 'How to be Invisible' is a brilliant slow-rocker which could be about Kate herself, 'King of the Mountain' employs an almost-reggae beat which Kate has used successfully on a few occasions in the past, while 'A Coral Room' is the deeply personal piano ballad which Kate does so well.
Overall, this is a superb album, which maybe indicates a change in direction, there are none of the big or frenetic songs which Kate has done on past albums like 'Big Sky','Sat in Your Lap' or 'Rubberband Girl'. The only down note I would add is maybe 'Bertie' is just too personal a song to be included on an album.
Kate has come up with another masterpiece - it's up there with 'Hounds of Love', 'Never For Ever' and 'The Dreaming'.
Was it worth a 12 year wait? Probably not, but then would any album be worth waiting 12 years for?
In a year when reality shows are still rolling out lots of dross, Kate is still like a breath of fresh air. Hopefully the next album will not be another 12 years away......