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Soldout Blog: “she has made one of the best albums of her career…it’s a triumph”

Novelist and poet Collin Kelley describes 50 Words For Snow as “perfection” in his review at Soldout Blog: “Among Angels” is an absolutely stunning piece of work and features Kate’s best vocal performance on the album. The new, husky-voiced Kate … Continue reading

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Does Kate Bush deserve the five-star critics? – Independent

Tom Sutcliffe at The Independent wonders if the music critics have been abdicating their duty and giving 50 Words a bye, merely because Kate is perceived to be a national treasure … “since I’d spent several days listening to the … Continue reading

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“It really is that good”: HeavyVinyl

Keiron at HeavyVinyl is very wary of all the good reviews of 50 Words … but guess what: “I may have read more reviews of this than any musical opus released this year. It’s partly my own fault as I … Continue reading

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“Awful … ludicrous … Meatloaf”: BBC Radio 6 Roundtable

50 Words was comprehensively trashed on Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable on BBC Radio 6 this evening. Miranda Sawyer (as we already know) thought it was “awful”, Jamie Hince thought it “ludicrous”, and Elizabeth Morris confessed to being confused and  compared it … Continue reading

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“Cannot discern what is so great about it”: Rock’s Backpages

Barney Hoskyns, the co-founder and editorial director of Rock’s Backpages: “As a staunch and loyal fan of Dame Katherine, I have to confess to some surprise at the plethora of 5-star reviews elicited by 50 TYPES OF SNOW. I’ve spent … Continue reading

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“A great experience, but it all feels somewhat flat”: Muzik Discovery

B- from Eli Kleman at Muzik Discovery: “an album that sees the British pop royalty at the top of her game, years and years into her career. What is more impressive, however, is not that Bush has managed to remain … Continue reading

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“A spare, gorgeous album”: 77 Square

3/4 from Rob Thomas at 77 Square: “Largely minimizing the lush orchestrations she’s known for, Bush has delivered a spare, gorgeous album … Could any other songwriter get away with this other than Bush? Somehow, she takes potentially pretentious, even preposterous … Continue reading

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“One of the year’s most imaginative albums”: Now Toronto

Five “N”s from Kevin Ritchie at Now Toronto: “a solitary tone pervades these seven shivery compositions, many of which unfurl slowly and deliberately from Bush’s trembling piano. There’s a grace and simplicity to the arrangements. Jazzy syncopations give way to … Continue reading

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“A masterpiece. Its THE album that defines THE artist”: The Silver Tongue

Another five stars from James Brightman at The Silver Tongue: “the album is a microcosm that draws you in with a delicate embrace, belying the arctic theme with a warmth that you wouldn’t find in many other places, such is … Continue reading

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Allmusic 4-star review: “…it’s all but impossible to find peers”

Thom Jurek at Allmusic gives 50 Words For Snow a 4-star review: “Despite the length of the songs, and perhaps because of them, it is easily the most spacious, sparsely recorded offering in her catalog. Its most prominent sounds are … Continue reading

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Swedish TV review of the album

From SVT in Sweden (with thanks to Henrik). We hope this is a good review, but unfortunately our Swedish isn’t up to much! 🙂 Update: Swedish fans tell us that the reviewers in the clip say the album is Kate’s … Continue reading

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“Keep Kate Bush weird”: CapitalNewYork

Fascinating review of 50 Words from Daphne Carr at CapitalNewYork: “The first phrases of the opener, “Snowflake,” sound so out of touch with contemporary music as to make the past 20 years seem to disappear altogether … The sensation only continues … Continue reading

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Phew What a Scorcher! Kate scores in tabloids!

Pete Clark London Evening Standard 4 stars: “the central metaphor holds good: these songs may seem alike, but like snowflakes, they are all different. You are going to have to give this record a bit of time…” Adrian Thrills Daily Mail 4 … Continue reading

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“The mystical legend of Kate Bush is alive and well”: Heavy Music

Little capsule review from Dylan Terra at Heavy Music: “The mystical legend of Kate Bush is alive and well … 50 Words For Snow was certainly not rushed in its construction; and while playing, gives off the vibe that it’s in no rush to … Continue reading

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“The songs require patience—patience that absolutely pays off”: Harvard Crimson

3.5 stars from Rebecca J Mazur in The Harvard Crimson: “a uniquely remarkable album, with style, content, and structure at once fascinating and beautiful, yet strange and somewhat inaccessible … comprised almost entirely of abnormally long songs … best be … Continue reading

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