Tod Martens at Tone Audio waxes poetic:

An artisan of the piano, Bush was always more chamber than concert hall. But 50 Words for Snow begs the listener closer, its hushed quality a cleverly crafted comfort to disguise the turmoil underneath … On 50 Words for Snow, Bush splits the difference between … stark realism and the odder, more otherworldly thoughts that mark much of her 80s-era work … The Elton John duet “Snowed in At Wheeler Street,” however, is heartbreak at its most haunting. London smog, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and burning Rome are among the images that reverberate around a buzzing, horror-soundtrack keyboard..”