“Can be a frustrating listen”: Observer

3/5 from Kitty Empire at The Observer:

Like trudging through drifts, 50 Wordscan be a frustrating listen, where dour piano motifs have the edge over catharsis. It blows hot and cold, with Bush holding back rather than letting rip, a disappointing feature of her latterday albums … The final piano track, “Among Angels” should be pulling floods of tears from listeners’ ducts but never quite locates the tap. This album is rather better when it is winking at you, rather than seeking to cryogenically preserve emotion.”

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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4 Responses to “Can be a frustrating listen”: Observer

  1. Alberto Di Costanzo says:

    Certain reviews should only be banned. She has not done any homework and how can you possibly rate this and said this is an un-inspired album? Among Angels has just started to give some emotion, I though it was a weak song on the album… of course I was wrong. This album is in my top list together with Aerial and Hounds of Love.

    She is at times very insulting to the art of Kate Bush: (QUOTE:As anyone who watches QI will tell you, the Inuit language does not actually have 50 words for snow. ) Obviousy she has not read what Kate said about it, plus can you see those aremade up words. Even a child can spot that…

  2. Neil says:

    Among Angels did move me to shed a tear .I can imagine it being a chosen song at lived ones funerals in fact.

  3. Short attention span is not recommended with this album! 😉

    This lady’s reviews are always like that, and again it’s a weak grade for Miss Bush. I guess some just… don’t let the weirdness in? It’s an important thing before stating the judgement.

  4. MistyTed says:

    Might be frustrating to Kitty. Not to me in the least. “Tahoe,” “Misty” & “Wheeler Street” alone should qualify it as a masterpiece. This is one gifted woman. There was never anyone like her. There still isn’t. There never will be. Thanks again, Kate, for injecting some beauty, mystery and enchantment into an increasingly ugly and uninspired world.
    <3

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