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In retrospect, this is pretty pointless,
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This review is from: Director's Cut (Audio CD)
I have made a real mess of reviewing this latest offering from Kate Bush and I suppose it's because I couldn't make my mind up about it. First I gave it four stars, then three stars and now two. After much pondering and musing, I think that 'Director's Cut' is Kate's most disappointing album release.
Kate Bush is and most probably always will be my favourite female artist and I perhaps fell into the trap of savouring every single thing that she releases. Initially, I thought this album was much better than I thought it would be but now, after listening to it again for the first time in weeks, I consider this as a minor work from her and she is capable of much better. Or perhaps she isn't, maybe her creative juices have dried up.
The problem I have with this album now is that I don't think that one track has actually been improved. OK, 'Song Of Solomon' might be slighlty better but that is about it. 'This Woman's Work' and 'Moments Of Pleasure' are better than I expected them to be and still sound good in their new incarnations but are they better? No is the honest answer. 'Flower Of The Mountain' has Kate's voice over straining, 'Deeper Understanding' is a mess with the worry that she just had to use her son on the track which could be a clue as to what her future recordings could be like. 'Rubberband Girl' is the most diverse track here and it is a curio but in truth falls well short of the original.
As a Kate fan I hope that she will produce the goods with her next release. 'Director's Cut' shows her voice as a nervous sounding instrument and not always pleasant to listen to. She is capable of brilliance, this album isn't brilliant by a long way I'm afraid and almost seems like a pointless release.