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Wintery and evocative,
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This review is from: 50 Words for Snow (Audio CD)
This is a concept album about snow and winter that arrives with a flurry of snow falling on forests and fields. The beautiful, evocative "Snowflake" encapsulates, over sparse, reverby piano and through twin vocals (Kate and her son Bertie's choirboy flasetto) the magical moments when snow begins to fall on the countryside.
We're a long way from the immediacy of earlier albums such as The Kick Inside and Hounds of Love here, although there are plenty of suggestions that the same talent that created those masterpieces is at work, usually through the piano phrasing and some of the lyrical oddities. Sex with a snowman, sightings of the yeti, talking snowflakes and 50 very odd words for snow are all here and only Kate Bush could get away with such strangeness and have it be seen as loveable eccentricity with genuine artistic merit rather than certifiable lunacy.
Primarily a piano album that evokes and suggests stories and scenes rather than painting them in great detail, this will not be everyone's cup of tea but for fans of Aerial and that album's slowly developed songs there is plenty here to enjoy as the sometimes impenetrable songs slowly reveal their secrets. Not a 5 star album by any means but just about worthy of a 4 for fans of Kate's later material.