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Poll Question: What is your favorite song from the new album?
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    Posted: February 16 2012 at 22:40
I've been hearing a lot about Kate Bush lately. Any suggestions for the unitiated? Also, keep in mind that I'm a prog fan, I can handle a 'difficult' listening experience, so don't think I'll be scared off by a denser album as opposed to the more accessible one!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Finnforest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2012 at 04:54
Originally posted by Zombywoof

I've been hearing a lot about Kate Bush lately. Any suggestions for the unitiated? Also, keep in mind that I'm a prog fan, I can handle a 'difficult' listening experience, so don't think I'll be scared off by a denser album as opposed to the more accessible one!


Her different eras sound quite different, but since you like difficult, her densest and most challenging album is "The Dreaming" probably.  Early stuff is more 70s rock, later stuff more dreamy and mellow.  Generally, of course.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2012 at 06:21
I'll second The Dreaming.  That was my first encounter.  Weird wild stuff.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2012 at 06:45
50 Words for Snow is imho her best album. This is a close call between five tracks, but Misty is my favourite.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Finnforest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2012 at 12:03
Originally posted by Barbu

^ Great review, btw, Jim
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Post Options Post Options   Quote akamaisondufromage Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2012 at 12:07
I know I love it but I got it for Xmas and just haven't listned to it anywhere near enough yet - plus we have had NO SNOW aaagh. 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Finnforest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2012 at 12:13
Originally posted by someone_else

50 Words for Snow is imho her best album.
 
 
My Kate preference order is somewhat bizarre to most.  The order of the middle 3 is somewhat mobile.
 
Kick Inside
Lionheart
Dreaming
50 Words
Never For Ever
Red Shoes
Hounds
Sensual World
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PolarWolf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2012 at 14:31
I've listened to 50 Words For Snow for a while now and I think it's great. The first three songs are wonderful, atmospheric winter songs. Needs to be listened with headphones and eyes closed. The Elton John duet is quite powerful, too. I didn't like the title song at first, but it's getting better by every listen.
I don't know Kate's other albums well, only a few songs here and there, but I've always loved her voice.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2012 at 17:04
50 Words is a bit too new for me to rank amongst albums I have known for many years.  I still put Hounds at the top.  But I know Finn likes her first two much more than I do and I like Aerial more than he does. LOL

50 wouldn't be a bad starting point for sure.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2012 at 17:36
Originally posted by Finnforest

Originally posted by someone_else

50 Words for Snow is imho her best album.
 
 
My Kate preference order is somewhat bizarre to most.  The order of the middle 3 is somewhat mobile.
 
Kick Inside
Lionheart
Dreaming
50 Words
Never For Ever
Red Shoes
Hounds
Sensual World
Aerial
 
Quite different from mine anyway. I haven't heard Aerial yet, Sensual World and Hounds are #2 and #3 in my book, The Dreaming has two sides (I heard it once long ago, but I remember I preferred side 2 far above side 1) and I gave Red Shoes (5 good songs vs 7 that turn me off) a 2 star rating.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2012 at 19:43
Originally posted by PolarWolf

I didn't like the title song at first, but it's getting better by every listen.

It is deliberately a little silly.  I like number 50 the best. LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Chris S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 17 2012 at 23:37
Plenty of snow in this neck of the woods for the high priestess to have her new album spun
In this order
Snowflake
Snowed In Ar Wheeler Street
Among Angels
Wild Man
Lake Tahoe
50 Words For Snow
Misty
 
I have one small criticism for this album and was wondering if anyone else shares this view....I find certain choruses/lines so damn hard to not repeat and repeat long after the album has ended. No other Bush album foes this except maybe " Kick Inside'
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote valravennz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2012 at 02:14
^^ A cracking good album indeed, Chris S. It is hard to pick an individual track, from what I perceive to be a concept album. I went for the slightly weird, "Misty", with it's dream-sequence lyrics and rather controversial subject matter. 
The whole album is beautiful musically, and calls for a quiet moment with the head-phones. I personally think this is Kate's best album yet.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pekka Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2012 at 02:15
Originally posted by memowakeman

Originally posted by Finnforest

Originally posted by infocat

"Wheeler Street", with Mr Sir Elton John, is quite wonderful!


Don't know if you read this, but Kate said he strolled into the studio and laid it down in one session without any prior knowledge of the song.  Pretty impressive vocal. 

That's also my choice. I terribly fell in love with it (I fell in love with the whole album, actually, but this song is my top)
followed by Snowflake.

I'm going with this too, Wheeler Street followed by Snowflake. I have to listen to it more, though, to have something to say on the rest of the tracks.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2012 at 03:02
Originally posted by Slartibartfast

I'll second The Dreaming.  That was my first encounter.  Weird wild stuff.
basically she became the female equivalent of Peter Gabriel at that time. Great stuff apart from the dodgy Aussie accent on the title track!
 
My favourite is Hounds Of Love. Covers all the bases and immaculate in every single sense (song,performance and production)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2012 at 03:04
I'll vote for the title track then if no one else willLOL
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Post Options Post Options   Quote akamaisondufromage Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2012 at 03:19
Anyone who puts Aerial (or Snow for that matter) at the bottom of their list of Kate albums needs to get some serious help.  (Or Cotton Buds).  Shocked
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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2012 at 03:37
Originally posted by akamaisondufromage

Anyone who puts Aerial (or Snow for that matter) at the bottom of their list of Kate albums needs to get some serious help.  (Or Cotton Buds).  Shocked
 
its all a matter of taste. Aerial doesn't really hold together well as complete thing in my book although I do love the individual songs which is why I would rank it higher. I think his list is looking at her albums in a different way. Thats cool.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote akamaisondufromage Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2012 at 03:43
Originally posted by richardh

Originally posted by akamaisondufromage

Anyone who puts Aerial (or Snow for that matter) at the bottom of their list of Kate albums needs to get some serious help.  (Or Cotton Buds).  Shocked
 
its all a matter of taste. Aerial doesn't really hold together well as complete thing in my book although I do love the individual songs which is why I would rank it higher. I think his list is looking at her albums in a different way. Thats cool.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guldbamsen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2012 at 04:16
I may have to get my hands on Kate's Bush one of these days. 
Never bought an album of hersEmbarrassed 
Think I'll start at one end and see what's what. I seem to remember being recommended a kick inside by Jim. No karate ones this time pal!
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