CoS: “A genius at work”

Siobhan Kane on Consequence of Sound is thrilled by Director’s Cut:

“The thesis around Kate Bush‘s Director’s Cut is about fulfilling an original vision (or visions and versions), and the results are overwhelmingly thrilling. In a sense, “The Flower of the Mountain” becomes the centerpiece of the record; it is the one song she changes the title of (from “The Sensual World”) and for good reason–she finally gained permission from the Joyce estate to use Molly Bloom’s soliloquy from the end of Ulysses. So where her earlier work paraphrases passages, “Flower of the Mountain” is Bush unbridled, in a dialogue with Joyce, accessing his breadth of ideas, sense of female sexuality, and there is a sense that, finally, two titans are meeting each other …. The most important thing about the record is that it is a document of a genius at work; her sense of musicality, hold on philosophical, physical, and romantic ideas, all of this is bound up in that lyric from “Moments of Pleasure”: “Just being alive. It can really hurt.” And, just like Molly Bloom losing her head and heart in Ulysses, Director’s Cut feels like “After that long kiss I near lost my breath.” Astonishing.”

A scene from Director's Cut = photo by John and Gavin Bush

About Peter

My Kate CV: Kate fan since 1978. Saw Tour of Life at the London Palladium 1979. Went to first KBC Convention 1980. Founded Homeground with Dave 1982. Worked on 1985, 1990, and 1994 Kate Bush Conventions, and the 1986 Video Party with Dave, Lisa of KBC and Krys. Appeared in videos for The Big Sky and Experiment IV. Wrote Introduction, Chronology and Discography for EMI Music Publishing's 1987 "Kate Bush Complete". Wrote the sleeve note for the remastered 1998 reissue of "Hounds of Love". Invited to write sleeve notes for other reissues which never happened. My other CV: born 1955 in Bermondsey London, educated at Galleywall Primary, Walworth Comprehensive, and London School of Economics BSc(Econ)(Hon) 1976. Currently an Officer of the Crown Court determining legal costs in crminal cases. Met Krys in 1982 through Homeground, we were engaged on Glastonbury Tor on Kate's birthday in 1983, and married in November 1984.
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5 Responses to CoS: “A genius at work”

  1. Harry Horton says:

    Flower of the Mountain reflects her Irish heritage. And Jig of Life and Galeic Song, (M’Na na h’eireann – may not be spelled right but close enough I suppose) thus a couple of others that she did also have Irish styles of music. THe Red Shoes has a rousing like Irish jig beat and rhythm indigenous to it also. And thus it too shares Irish traits in its compositional style and structure. I’m happy she finally got permission by the Joyce estate to finally and fully re-joyce the Sensual World.

  2. Rob't says:

    The review was a little ridiculous and over the top. My favorite part is that the author quotes the line “Just being alive, It can really hurt,” as being emblematic, although the line was deleted in the Drector’s Cut version of the song.

  3. David Rubin says:

    Just a note to say that here in New York City there is a magazine called The Village Voice and they gave it a GREAT review on 3/4th of a page. This is a big deal because the magazine is free and read by most of the city. Also, the size of the review for the magazine is very large. Most reviews get only 1/8th or less of a page.
    I am sooooo thrilled with the new album. It is a gift.
    Thank you Kate. You are Wonderful!!!!!!!!!

  4. Donny says:

    I liked the review a lot, but of course it is positive 😉 And Rob’t – the writer didn’t say that line was in the Directors Cut version of Moments of Pleasure, it just seems like a reference to sum up the record, emblematic is probably a good word and not to be taken literally, that’s what I took from it anyway. Hope we get a new record soon.

  5. TheImpermanence says:

    I thought it was a fabulous review and for someone to complain and say it’s ‘over the top’ yet they listen to Kate Bush needs to re-check themselves? Kate Bush music is ‘over the top’ now and again. Could you have done any better? No.

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