Since she catapulted to international fame with Wuthering Heights over 25 years ago, Kate Bush has been one of music's most reknowned artists. Aerial, the first new studio album from Kate since 1993's The Red Shoes, marks the return of Kate to the music scene with twelve new songs written and produced by Kate at her home studio in England. The new album includes her incredible new single 'King Of the Mountain'. Columbia. 2005.
It's often said that a musician's debut represents the culmination of a lifetime's worth of experiences, but their sophomore effort is usually derived from just the intervening year. By waiting 12 years between The Red Shoes and her new double CD, Aerial, Kate Bush has tried to regain that lifetime. It's a remarkably coherent recording, reflecting the unique world of sound and spirit Bush has inhabited since her debut. The first disc, subtitled A Sea of Honey, is a suite of personal reveries. It ranges from "King of the Mountain," a contemplation of unbridled celebrity and its isolation that references Elvis and Citizen Kane, to the piano-and-voice study "Mrs. Bartolozzi," an ode to household chores whose chorus is "Sloshy sloshy sloshy sloshy, get that dirty shirty clean." With its Depeche Mode-influenced synth pads, electro pulses, and lyric cadences, "King of the Mountain" is vintage Bush pop. But many of the songs attain more epic proportions, like the dynamic "Joanni," a hymn to Joan of Arc. It's the second disc--a suite called A Sky of Honey--on which Bush really comes into her own. Using metaphors of the turning of the day and the flight of birds, she orchestrates a meditation on the cycles of life. Musically expansive, she weaves her compositions out of birdsong, subtle orchestrations, and jazz trios, showing herself at her experimental best. Embracing her relatively new motherhood, as well as the death of her mother, Aerial is a deeply personal album, and a welcome return from one of pop music's true icons and vocal wonders. --John Diliberto
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.62 x 4.92 x 0.33 inches; 4 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Sony Legacy
- Original Release Date : 2005
- Run time : 1 hour and 20 minutes
- Date First Available : January 29, 2007
- Label : Sony Legacy
- ASIN : B000BHNLX0
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #149,127 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Then, I read someone's review which spoke of listening to this album in a dark room alone. I made time for this album. Time alone for me is scarce, but I missed Kate and made room for her. We cooked together, went on long walks, even went running once or twice. I fell in love with "Sunset" first. The flamenco guitars, the rhythm picking up, the multiple sky images. I listen to this and feel one with the sky. It is such a positive, beautiful album. Listening to it feels like a religious experience.
This is not party music. It's not for socializing either. I had a good friend over and I just wanted to tell her to stop talking so I could soak in this beautiful, beautiful music. Kate's voice is softer here. She wears her motherhood comfortably, and it shows, yet she still has that incredible vocal range.
I had thought that there was no surprises left in music for me. I was wrong. That doesn't mean I like all songs equally. I listen to the songs on the first disk (especially while running), but it's disk 2 that captured my heart. "Sunset," then "Nocturn." Then, sweet "Aerial:"
"I want to be up on the roof
I've gotta be up on the roof
Up, up high on the roof
Up, up on the roof
In the sun."
I am trying to say that this album is a visceral experience. You have to live it, immerse yourself in it, give yourself over to it. For those of you disappointed with it, I recommend giving it another chance. Especially listen to it outside. I think you might yourself similarly entranced as I was.
The first disc is good. Had this been the album I would have been happy, but not overjoyed. "Pie" (can't put the Greek letter here) is a really amazing song, the chorus is Kate singing the number pie. The other stand out track on disc one is "Joanni."
It is on the second disc that the album really come alive however, and makes this an essential album. Kate lets the songs breath, but they never feel too long or meandering. Really the entire disc flows as one suite of music, a true "concept" album that even Hounds of Love wasn't (maybe it would have been if that album had been a double LP as planned). "Sunset" brings in some of that "world music" feel that really didn't work so well on "Eat the Music" but here is sublime. "Somewhere in Between" stands out as a song that should have been a single. But the tour de force here is "Nocturn." It mixes an almost funky bass line with Kate's more typical ethereal voice and music.
I would place this album next to Talk Talk's Spirit of Eden in terms of density and layers, and almost endless listenability.
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Some might say that this is a concept release, but in my humble opinion, you would be wrong. Kate has created a completely different sound. There are many different types of instruments used. They all work perfectly together. What is achieved are many complex and myriad sounds.
There are 3 lady singers that have a special part of my heart, Kate being one, Stevie Nicks and Sonja Kristina ,being the other 2.What all these 3 ladies have in common is that their music transcends time. They all sing from the heart and soul. Their lyrics help us understand the world we live in. They also have unique distinctive and beautiful voices.
If you liked Hounds of Love, you'll like this, especially the second disc, a long sound sculpture inspired by sunlight and birdsong. You will be enthralled