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The Sensual World

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  • Audio CD (January 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 5, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • ASIN: B0012GMUQI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,277 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I originally bought this CD in 1992 right after seeing the movie "She's Having A Baby," with Kevin Bacon. "This Woman's Work" was featured in this movie, and I frantically searched for the artist and title of this song after seeing the movie. At the time, I, too, was pregnant with our first child. After I had our son, Aaron, in 1992, I remember laying him on the floor on a blanket and lying next to him, looking into his eyes, and holding his tiny fingers in mine while we listened to this haunting, bittersweet song. My eyes would fill with tears at the realization of the miracle that he truly was, and how truly blessed we were to have such a beautiful child. My son died from S.I.D.S. four months later. I now bring out this CD only when I want to relive those moments with my son --always on his birthday, his death anniversary, and sometimes simply on days when I really miss him. It's been eight years, now, and of course, the memories have faded with time. But whenever I want to feel close to my son, I turn on the song "This Woman's Work." This song is the only thing that enables me to relive those beautiful moments that I had with my child. "I know you have got a little life, in you yet. I know you've got a lot of strength, left... I should be crying, but I just can't let it show...Give me those moments, back. Give them back to me. Give me that little kiss. Give me your hand... All the things we should have done, that we never did..." The words are tremendously haunting, yet touch me so much within the depths of my soul. Although I can't listen to it daily (it's too hard, still...), I truly thank Ms. Bush for this "gift" of emotional perfection that she gives me, each time I hear it. I think this song will remain a part of me, forever. -An eternally grateful mother
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I avoided this album for years. I finally listened to it and I "got" it. What a smooth, sensual and complex album. Sonically amazing, with its bagpipes, American Indian flutes, penny whistles, church bells, electronic washes and spooky lyrics. I really love it. This Woman's Work is one of the best songs ever written. This is a Kate Bush album for people who would be terrified by any of other other stuff. Mature, mellow and something that needs to be listen to as a whole album. Just let yourself absorb this album on a cold autumn night.
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In her home country, England, Kate Bush's most famous song is probably Wuthering Heights and her most famous album is probably one that that song didn't come off- Hounds of Love (1985). However, abroad it seems to be a different story. The album that came four years after Hounds Of Love, The Sensual World (1989) appears to be most well-known, in particular in the US, where This Woman's Work appeared in a film once- way back in 1988!
Yes, as a shy Home Counties girl, Kate has never gone big on promotion and whereas, in society, it seems ok for a band like Radiohead to get away with left-field ideas, people are still scared by a powerfully sensitive woman with unusual ideas. Subconciously, with her mystical lyrics and wild-eyed flights of fancy, they think she might really be a witch.
Kate has done a few songs about witches- Waking The Witch on 'Hounds of Love' springs to mind. And Rocket's Tail on this album, which reaches a breathtaking crescendo and has references to pointed hats and flying sticks, hints at the same theme. Despite this album being regarded as her 'relationship' album, it is far from the safe channels of most female lyricists. It is as much about Kate's relationship with herself, her ideas and the 'world' as with any man.
Kate talks about things buried deep in her, both physically (self pleasure on 'The Sensual World') and past events on 'Love and Anger.' Communication is a big theme, on 'Deeper Understanding' where she develops a relationship over (and with) the internet and on Between a man and a woman where she speaks of love between two people away from 'modern Western pressures'.
'Never be mine' is like a negative of the chorus of the song 'Hounds of Love' from her earlier album.
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Only the second Kate Bush album I ever loved the first time I heard it, this may in fact be her most accessible, with neither the wildness of experimentation on "The Dreaming", nor the exceptionally soprano vocals of her first three. If you are curious about whether to try Kate Bush or not, this is a fine place to start.
Opening with "The Sensual World", we are at once plunged into an appropriately sensual sonic world. Bush's musical experimentation has moved (for this song at least) away from compositional complexity to orchestral richness. As usual, of course, the musicianship is simply exquisite. The lyrics are confessionally lurid.
"Love and Anger", the single from the album, is Bush reaching back to the kind of rock composition she originally attempted with "James and the Cold Gun", now magnified with the ferocity of her intelligence and experience. The chorus is typically powerful, and it is both endearing and amazing how her emotional range has changed over the course of her albums. A must hear piece.
"The Fog" is a truly rich symphony that is lush, but not at all misty or vague. One of the things so amazing about Bush's music is how you really have to concentrate to pick out the instruments in her best songs. She puts together such artful combinations that it is received as a whole, as if the melody and accompaniment are more sensed than heard. In any case, the string arrangement here is simply sumptuous and the vocals, crystalline and beautiful.
"Reaching Out" is one of the best Kate Bush songs ever. It's what you get with eleven years of experience applied to the basic song formula of piano, drums and bass that Bush began with.
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