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LIVE AT THE HAMMERSMITH ODEON

Kate Bush

 

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars Wow !!!! A volcano in full flow !

Kate Bush is not as highly regarded as she should be. In my estimations, she is easily among the five best female artists ever....... and pretty high up on my list of the best female/ male solo artists ever. But Kate Bush does things her own way. That means shopping for groceries at Tesco and living a silent life outside the limelight somewhere in London while the rest of us has to suffer through the stream of rubbish female singers being thrown at us through X Factor, Britain Got Talents and other "talent" shows. None of them even reach half way up Kate Bush legs when it comes to talent and quality.

For those who wonder what I am ranting about; listen to this live album from 1994. Kate Bush is rampaging through some of her best songs (up to then). Female piano player and vocalist..... sounds sickening sweet, doesn't it ? Well, not in the case of Kate Bush. She wrings the songs by the neck and does it her own way. That's why I am missing her so much. Nobody has this type of quality and charisma any longer. Just listen to her version of Wuthering Heights. I thought I had heard anything. But her intro of a guitar solo (not done by her) on this, her signature song, is brilliant. It adds even more life to one of the best ever songs to come out of England.

Before this song, we are being treated to some pretty good songs......... made excellent by Kate Bush. I do not know how she does it. But I am sure she could even breathe life into the children rhyme Mary Had A Little Lamb if she had tried...... and elevated that song into a masterpiece. Her delivery and presence is sheer magic. The way she use her voice is on another planet. Ditto her use of the piano. She even make reggae sounds good. The arrangements of the songs are excellent. Not too grandeur, not too minimalistic. Just perfect.

My only gripe with this live album, whose sound is excellent, is that the songs are not brilliant and the sound is too much 1980s too my liking. But besides of that; this is a very, very impressive live album. Not at least; a highly entertaining album.

Please come back, Kate Bush. You are so missed in today's scene.

4.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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