“Exquisite suite of piano-driven chamber pop”: Scotland on Sunday

Four stars from Colin Somerville in Scotland on Sunday:

“TWENTY-ONE years ago Kate assured us that December would be magic again, and with her tenth album she delivers on that promise. It is an exquisite suite of piano-driven chamber pop, eclectic and strangely comforting, a seasonal record that celebrates the chilly cheer. Kate’s voice still thrills, and she has chosen a couple of very plummy side orders to complement it. … There are just seven tracks spanning 65 minutes, with only the single Wild Man emerging from a sonic blizzard to resemble a conventional pop tune. … This is a timely reminder of a highly individual and very British talent.”

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 “Exquisite suite of piano-driven chamber pop”: Scotland on Sunday

  1. Barbara says:

    Actually December Will Be Magic Again came out in 1980! I didn’t miss a 1991 reissue, did I?

  2. Charlie says:

    It was 31 years ago!

  3. Keith says:

    Wasn’t it re-released as the b-side of “The Red Shoes” or one of the other TRS releases? Maybe that re-release was this reviewers first introduction to it.

  4. Neil says:

    Keith you are thinking of ‘Home for Christmas’ which was b-side of Rubberband girl and to my mind a much better xmas song than December….I think it was a single in it’s own right in Canada though.

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