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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet more magic from Mrs MacIntosh!, 21 Nov 2011
This review is from: 50 Words for Snow (Audio CD)
Well, its like buses isnt it? You wait ages for one then two come along at once!

Only a few months after Director's Cut we get a New Opus to enjoy - 50 words for Snow

For those of you wanting instant hummable hits like we have had before your initial reaction may be one of slight dissapointment.

Sprawling out (in a good way) are songs that flower and grow at their own leisurely pace. Lyrically we are as bizarre as ever (Chasing Yeti's, having 'relationships' with snowmen, time travelling lovers, songs about snowflakes, dead woman coming back to a lakeside to hunt for their departed...) The music less so, gone are the (triumphant) expermiments that made up The Dreaming and Side 2 of Hounds - in is the sparse lushness that made the Coral Room so special. Despite the coldness of the themes, the music to me, seems intimate, warm stripped back to level heard only really in the aforementioned Coral Room.

We start with Kate's son (soundly remarkably like his mother) lamenting being a snowflake falling from the clouds hunting out people below. The pace is as slow as the decent, over 7 minutes of pure bliss, Kate joining in only sporadically adding considerable beauty to a great opener. Onto Lake Tahoe and a dead woman returning from beyond the grave searching out loved ones (and her soul?) Set to a classical almost operatic vocals from guest vocalists we are treated to one of the most beautiful songs yet recorded in a startling career that 30 years on seems only to grow. The enigma that is Kate Bush can be summed up by these 2 openers - a little weird, hard to catorgorise but absolutley fantastic.

Onto Misty and here we have a tale of having 'relationships' with a snoman (as you do) It could be a song about one night stands, a cold lover or the end of relationship, but the words (and album cover) beg to differ. Either way at 13 mins long it showcases all parts of the 'current Kate'. This album was coming, you could feel it during Aeriel, we now have an artist so comfortable at not playing to a fan base, the charts, record companies. This is one woman's work - on HER terms.

Onto Wild man - and we have the only song that fits into the standard format or verse chorus, verse chorus, helped out by Andy Fairweather low in the swooping chorus that charts the chasing and pusuit and hiding of a Yeti. While writing this the other half is wathing X-Factor. How sobering that is - the plastic contrived rubbish that masquerades as music these days gains airtime where something so ambitious and brilliant as this will not get airplay. Not that Kate minds - she happy as she is - but I'D like more people to appreciate how good this artist is.

Snowed In at Wheeler Street, Kate is joined by Elton John for an emotional song that charts a failed love affair of a pair of time travelling lovers. From Ancient Rome to 9/11. Kate really opens up vocally on this one, to match a great vocal from John. Great stuff - not as emotional as Peter Gabriels Dont Give up but certainly a high point in an album of multi high points.

And we have Stephen Fry recounting 50 words for Snow (or snowy things) as Kate counts them up, and chastising him to get all 50. Yup it sounds odd - throw in a frantic urgent beat and we are talking very surreal. From an artist who sings about Pi, Washing Machines, Yet's, Snowflakes, Being Under Ice, Elvis, Joan of Arc, Army Casualties, Poisoners, and Nuclear War, we shouldnt really be surprised...

We end as we began, sumptious piano as Kate laments Among Angels, surely the most engaging end to a fine, fine album

Our greatest living songstress showing once more what a genius she is.

Once again, thank you Kate.
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Initial post: 22 Nov 2011 16:52:25 GMT
Nice review and what a glorious album.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2011 04:51:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2011 04:51:42 GMT
N. A. Davies says:
oh yes! and thankyou

Posted on 23 Nov 2011 09:02:22 GMT
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Posted on 13 May 2014 08:38:36 BDT
After reading your comment on my review of Tori's "Geraldines", I checked some of your reviews. This one is the one I've enjoyed most. Kate's "Hounds of love" is one my all-time favourites, I'm not a fan of hers but I appreciate her genius. I looked for her work soon after the comparisons with Tori back in the days. Tori for me is as special as Kate is for you, I guess. I do believe that they're both unique.
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