The latest news about the musician Kate Bush and her work

“Only Kate Bush could get away with this”: Chicago Tribune

3/4 Curiously from Greg Kot music critic of the Chicago Tribune, and another one who isn’t so sure about Sir Elton or Mr. Fry:

Since the late ‘70s, Bush has been the sole occupant of her little corner of the art-rock world, her lush songs merging stately musicianship and fairy-dust vocals with forward-looking electronic textures. Her lyrics have moved from storybook flights populated with unicorns and demons to more mature expressions of femininity and feminism. Though her commercial successes have been few, Bush exudes a fierce independence as a songwriter-singer-musician-producer and influenced countless artists … She doesn’t focus on accolades or celebrity, but undiluted self-expression. True to form, “50 Words for Snow” floats in its own enchanted cloud, a song cycle for subzero shut-ins. Each song tosses another blanket atop a feather bed, another log on a fire, a series of stories to send the imagination drifting as winter closes in … Bush is the rare vocalist with huge range … who somehow manages to sound strikingly intimate rather than brassy or overpowering. She’s also a fine pianist who never overplays, sending out little ripples of notes that act like reassuring beacons, a necessity for songs that sometimes wander past 13 minutes. She also uses keyboards to create shimmering effects that suggest distant, flickering lights…”

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    Neil

    The high register on Snowflake is reached not by Kate but by her son.Take another listen

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    Pól

    “Her lyrics have moved from storybook flights populated with unicorns and demons to more mature expressions of femininity and feminism.”

    Which song(s) are they referring to? Have I missed something?

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