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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:54 pm 
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"After 2005 comeback single 'King Of The Mountain', her percussionist, who looks like a crew member from the Black Pearl (fittingly enough, for the nautical theme of what follows), takes centre stage and literally whips up a storm. Footage of the eye of a hurricane gives way to an interlude in which an amateur stargazer attempts to report a mayday from a stricken boat. The screen falls, and the entire stage has been transformed into the undersea ribcage of a shipwreck (with heavy overtones of the Jonah & The Whale story).

The backing singers, notably including Kate's son Bertie (who, she has said, gave her the strength to make this comeback), now double as fellow victims of the capsized vessel. There are trap doors, scary skeletal fish-people, and an overhead rescue helicopter. There's a deliberately corny scene in which the lost woman's son and husband exchange good-natured banter about burning sausages and during which – turn away now if you don't want spoilers – Bush magically appears in a corner of the room. There's a stunning choral finale borrowed from Werner Herzog's Nosferatu. And the PA's surround sound comes into its own, with the recorded voices of Bush's own family – and Robbie Coltrane – attempting to shake her awake with a matronly "You must wake up, child" and a more affectionate "Wake up, luv.""

~Simon Price (http://thequietus.com/articles/16098-ka ... ive-review)

Aaaaaanyone else glad they didn't actually get a ticket in the end?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:20 pm 
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Relieved. I've always found her to be horribly overrated, as that profile on BBC4 showed. I don't know 50 words for snow, as she pretentiously claims, but I'll start with 50 words for dull: torpid, tedious, drab, dreary, uninteresting, monotonous, mind-numbing, arse-numbing...

From his surname, I'm presumably distantly related to a member of her band (who also plays in Barclay James Harvest) and his description of her band is the kiss of death: "a stellar line-up including musicians from the bands of Miles Davis, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock and Peter Gabriel..."

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:19 pm 
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I agree with this guy:

 I played viola on Kate Bush’s last LP, and laughed myself silly at her nonsensical lyrics about snowmen. The obsequious, unquestioning critical acclaim heaped upon this manifestly overrated singer is rather depressing, and summed up by your reviewer (Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, 27 August) when he describes an audience who “spend the first part of the show clapping everything; no gesture is too insignificant to warrant applause”. Enough said.
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(Letter in today's Guardian)

I can't understand why she's considered to be so leftfield; she's only leftfield in the context of having chart hits. Her music is really fairly ordinary taken away from that context.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:59 pm 
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I loved The Hounds of Love album, and would pay to hear it live in its entirety; trad musicians 'n' all.

Is Robbie Coltrane filling in for the disgraced Rolf Harris?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:18 pm 
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Heh. Now I do like Kate Bush. Absolutely adore Hounds of Love (both halves of it) and her popular output has been frequently glorious. But... can't help but think that 35 years in the performing wilderness has led to a creeping reverence for a prog indulgence that her purring audience would baulk at in the hands of less fashionable old bastards (Wakeman et. al.). Obviously only a mug would've expected a greatest hits set but... it all sounds rather naff.

milchy - "fairly ordinary"? Obviously such a term is wildly subjective but throughout her career, lyrically and musically (and, dare I say, "conceptually") she's been anything but. Overrated or otherwise.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:05 am 
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Don't mind her personally. Always found her fairly unique and I like her attitude and the way she does what she wants. Very few people do that, or at least with any success and to that extent. Never bought any of her records mind...

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:55 pm 
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Westie wrote:

milchy - "fairly ordinary"? Obviously such a term is wildly subjective but throughout her career, lyrically and musically (and, dare I say, "conceptually") she's been anything but. Overrated or otherwise.

Take away the irritating affectation in her vocal and, musically, any of the songs from the first three LPs could have been composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and he's never been considered anything other than musically conservative. Her lyrics are certainly idiosyncratically her own, but they are also, by and large, drivel. By mainstream pop standards she may be a bit out of the ordinary, but in the wider scheme of things, it's all pretty middle of the road.

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I bought Aerial in an airport on CD before embarking on a flight. I couldn't believe the tinny faraway sound and was cursing her to high heaven until I realised I hadn't connected the earphones fully.

Can we talk about how beautiful she was now?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:36 pm 
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milchman wrote:
[ ] By mainstream pop standards she may be a bit out of the ordinary, but in the wider scheme of things, it's all pretty middle of the road.


Think this is a bit of a strawman myself. Don't think I've ever heard anyone make any assertions about Bush's 'leftfield' credentials outside of a 'pop/chart music' context. Think that's always been the whole point; not how she stands shoulder to shoulder with Schoenberg or something (a man whose compositions make all of our tastes look horribly ordinary).

Still - finally caught up with that BBC documentary. Kate Bush at her most indulgent is unquestionable irritating, but probably not as irritating as most people talking about Kate Bush. Jeeeeesus... (Bat for Lashes and St. Vincent especially). What is it about this woman's music that causes decent people to look immensely stupid when analysing it?

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Some of the reviews I've read, anyone would think that Kate Bush is not only the greatest musical innovator of all time, but also that she can cure cancer, levitate by power of will and that she invented the wheel and scored a hat trick in the 1966 World Cup final!

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I follow BBC News on Twitter. A link to a story came up with the heading "Bush Sets New Album Chart Record"

I thought, "Blimey, Gavin Rosdale must be having a bit of a grand comeback!" - then I clicked on the link.

8 albums in this week's top 40 she's managed!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:15 am 
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milchman wrote:
Some of the reviews I've read, anyone would think that Kate Bush is not only the greatest musical innovator of all time, but also that she can cure cancer, levitate by power of will and that she invented the wheel and scored a hat trick in the 1966 World Cup final!


Haha! Yeah can't argue with you there.

Although coercing a bunch of usually sensible folk to proclaim 2+ hours of her nausteating am-dram cobblers 'the greatest gig ever' is probably a more astonishing achievement than all of those things put together...

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