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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRING IT ON!, 8 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Nocturama (Audio CD)
It's been a while since there was a Nick Cave song you could dance to, but Bring it On is just that and I blooming well love it! Nocturama hides this beautiful big folky rock piece featuring the wonderful voice of Chris Bailey amid its brooding long feathered wings of the best ballads, the best rock, the best lyrics and the best music to come from the Bad Seeds in around a decade. As a long standing Cave enthusiast, I am duty bound to love everything he releases but this casts No More Shall We Part and even The Boatmans Call into the shadows. The range of style and subject matter is greater on this album, and Nick's singing sounds comfortable and accomplished. I heard he was giving the Seeds more freedom to do their thing on this album, and the results verify the wisdom of that choice. My special favourite is Warren Ellis, who seems to have been given free reign to do as he wishes throughout the album, and he knows just what to do and where to do it. I think it is his violin which makes the difference between an average and a great song more than once. Nocturama has not left my CD player since I got it. It is Cave's best album for a long time, and I haven't even mentioned the fabulous 15-minute-long beast Babe I'm on Fire! Buy this now.

The Secret History of Kate Bush: And the Strange Art of Pop (And the Strange Art on Pop)
The Secret History of Kate Bush: And the Strange Art of Pop (And the Strange Art on Pop)
by Fred Vermorel
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secret History of Enigmatic Star, 14 Dec. 2002
This book would cheifly be of interest to people wanting to know where Kate Bush comes from and what makes her tick. The use of the term Secret History rather than biography gives a clue to the content. The history in question is that of a shy girl growing up in Essex in the '60's and '70's, surrounded by a loving and musically gifted and creative family. The book provides an interesting and thoughtful background to the story in the author's use of quotes from literature and folklore, which add texture and meaning. There are some examples of purple prose, when the author gets a little carried away, but I believe this stems from his genuine enthusiasm for his subject and real affection for Kate as a person.The most important success of this book is the way the author captures atmosphere. Kate's early music, before Hounds of Love, had a particular quality of Englishness and eccentricity, which it easier to understand on reading of her upbinging and the surrounding countryside of her home. The book is rich in the same atmosphere as The Dreaming, Kate's night-time album, and anyone wishing to understand better the maker of that music, could do worse than this book.

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