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Kate Bush


Crossover Prog

3.77 | 227 ratings

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2 stars Aerial suffers from the same symptoms as The Sensual World and is made up of uninspired material that has been worked on too much in the production studio.

The opening track King Of The Mountain did probably begin its life as a decent 2 minute piano ballad that was stretched to a 5 minute tediously paced full-band arrangement. The instrumentation is dull and old fashioned, the performance is lifeless. It's a sad conclusion but Kate has lost it. The list of uninspired songs with dreary puffed up arrangements is endless, Pi and How To Be Invisible are dead-born songs failing to stir up any emotion in the lethargic state this album has lulled me into.

The first acceptable moment comes when it's just down to Kate and her piano. I'm not referring to the appalling Mrs Bartolozzi, but A Coral Room is acceptable, even if doesn't measure up to anything of Kate's first 5 albums. Still here it's a standout track. After more then an hour of music this double album ends with 2 tracks that are acceptable. Nocturn takes its time but still manages to build up some kind of tension. The same goes for Aerial.

After 12 years of radio silence, this album comes as a huge disappointment, missing both the song writing, the sensuality and the spontaneity of vintage Kate Bush music. I barely paid attention to the previous album The Red Shoes so I couldn't say which one is the worst of those two, but compared to anything else by Kate Bush this can't possibly rate more then 2 stars.

Bonnek | 2/5 |


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