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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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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.
A large part of the focus of the album is on beauty and joy. The first CD seems more directed to the mundane in daily living in this world. The 2nd CD seems more directed towards the spiritual. The sea of honey and the sky of honey. The sea below and the sea above. Sweetness!
AERIAL is Kate Bush.
Aerial: Earth's sunrises, oceans, rain, wind, sunsets and seasons....Aerial: storms, birds, songs..... vocals, drums, guitar, laughter....
Aerial: Music, Lyrics, Vocals, Drums, Guitars, Instruments, Composition, Sound, Production.......
AERIAL: GLORIOUS! RIVETING! GORGEOUS!