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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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Saying It With Snowflakes: Short interview in the Wall Street Journal

Short interview and album review by Jim Fusilli in the Wall Street Journal: “When you consider that Kate Bush has gone as long as a dozen years between albums, the appearance of “Director’s Cut” earlier this year and “50 Words … Continue reading

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New York Times Review: “unhurried, utterly self-contained, exquisitely strange…the new album glistens”

Nate Chinen reviews the new album for the New York Times here. ““The world is so loud,” murmurs Kate Bush in the first of many disarming choruses on “50 Words for Snow,” her unhurried, utterly self-contained, exquisitely strange new album….if (Director’s … Continue reading

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“There’s a lifetime’s worth of listening here”: Live4Ever

In my humble opinion one of the best reviews yet from Simon Moore at Live4Ever: “She’s a storyteller. She was always a storyteller … these songs … are incredible, genre-defying songs, but Bush has never been one for resting on her … Continue reading

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“Remarkable, only slightly flawed record”: Soundspike

Tjames Madison at Soundspike is a lover of Kate’s voice: “Bush remains a singular talent draped in the furs of surreality … It feels like she’s talking about herself by not talking about herself, and why not? The spiky peaks and higher … Continue reading

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“Powerful stuff”: Stereogum

Album of the week from Tom at Stereogum, a new convert and not the first we’ve heard of since Kate’s new work has been released: “To this point, I’ve lived a full and happy life without ever much considering the … Continue reading

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“Sparse, beautiful and ultimately pure”: Consequence of Sound

4 1/2 stars from Siobhan Kane at Consequence of Sound (also featured on the Time Magazine website): “Using snow as a kind of landscape, it provides a sparse, beautiful, and ultimately pure backdrop for her creativity to soar … “Snowflake” … … Continue reading

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The Daily album review: “Gloriously goofy”

Rich Juzwial reviews the new album for The Daily, an iPad newspaper here. “Not since 1982’s “The Dreaming” has Bush been as gloriously goofy as she is on her 10th album, “50 Words for Snow.” On it, she courts a … Continue reading

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“Incredibly dull”: Daily Texan

Robert Starr in Austin’s Daily Texan is not impressed: “Music is a fairly subjective art form. A piece that somebody may love will leave someone else cold. …  Kate Bush’s latest release 50 Words for Snow may make good background music … Continue reading

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“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 … Continue reading

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“An elegy for the human condition”: Boston Globe

James Reed in the Boston Globe: “Fitting for a work called “50 Words for Snow,’’ Kate Bush’s 10th album moves with the velocity and grace of a glacier. Built around piano, Bush’s supple voice, and the faintest wash of drums, … Continue reading

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“The vanishing world illuminated by a furnace-blast of life”: LA Times

3.5/4 from Margaret Wappler at the LA Times: “From up on that hill, perhaps wearing a capelet over a flowy Victorian gown, Kate Bush has been regarded as a spirit saint of fearless individuality by a generation of musicians … … Continue reading

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