Review: Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow

Written by on December 2, 2011

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Over six years since her last new studio album, Kate Bush is back with 50 Words For Snow, a beautifully-composed set of tracks from one of history’s most unique musical minds combining wintertime imagery, romance, drama, wonder and a touch of whimsy.

Each of the seven tracks in 50 Words For Snow is chilling in its musical imagery, but with the comforting sounds of Bush’s teasingly enchanting voice. For the album, she recruited top-notch jazz-rock greats Danny Thompson (bass) and Steve Gadd (drums) to form a studio supergroup while some other famous friends made guest appearances.

The lead track, “Snowflake,” sets the tone of the album as Bush’s sensual vocals bring to life a calming snowfall mesmerizing an otherwise noisy town to a blissful serenity. We are also treated to Bush’s talented son, Albert, singing the high part. Each of the tracks continues the wintry theme as one naturally segues into the next. Bush’s haunting intro to “Lake Tahoe” brilliantly foreshadows her gently…

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