“Nobody comes close to this extraordinary woman”: Sunday Times

CD of the week from Dan Cairns in the Sunday Times (behind the pay wall):

If Aerial raised eyebrows for addressing the unexpected possibilities and mental triggers contained in domestic routine, her new album proves no less befuddling and beguiling — and idiosyncratic … Musically, the album finds Bush at her most spare: several tracks feature no more than voice (thicker now, and even more emotionally resonant), piano, bass and drums. It isn’t entirely successful — there are times when you long for more sonic grandeur and open spaces, and fewer jazz colourings — but then along comes the hushed, compelling, overwhelming Among Angels, and yet again you think, there is nobody who comes close to this extraordinary woman.”

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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3 Responses to “Nobody comes close to this extraordinary woman”: Sunday Times

  1. Neil says:

    Well done Dan.Homed in on my 2 fave tracks,Lake Tahoe and Among Angels….these 2 will enter in any fans list of her best

  2. Rod says:

    Yeah, I take the Times so I was very pleased not to have to ditch it (the Observer’s bum’s out the window). I like the “airy and forlorn” description of Wheeler Street and “stunning” Lake Tahoe, because the song is stunning and perfectly illustrates what he says about KB’s voice being “even more emotionally resonant” now than ever. Good old Thunderer.

  3. “there is nobody who comes close to this extraordinary woman.”

    Almost makes up for that terrible hatchet job by Chrissie Iley. What was it they said then? Oh, yes: “my first inkling [was] that Bush, for all her swelling emotions, might be a little one-dimensional”

    I demand that the Sunday Times be made to stand in Trafalgar Square on the empty plinth, dressed in sackcloth, and eat the colour supplement from 12th September 1993.

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