By Kenneth E. Oquist
You know you are in for a treat when the shortest song from Kate Bush on her new release ’50 Words For Snow’ is 6:49. That would be the song “Among Angels”. Piano, vocals and strings added on the second half pretty much sum up this track. The title track has a shuffling beat, ambient guitars, and a rare bass guitar. Kate counts out the snow reasons and Stephen Fry delivers the words. The marvelous duet with Elton John “Snowed in at Wheeler Street” has pulsing synthesizers and piano along with ambient drums, which are prevalent on this release. There are wind effects on some of these songs as well.
It is best to let this release sink in for awhile. It will get under your skin, trust me. “Wild Man” is another song with drums and bass, acoustic guitar, and some keyboards. The star of this release, the piano, is not prevalent on this track. Kate is a very excellent piano player so live with this observation. “Misty” clocks in at a mere 13:32, and there are drums and bass to go along with the piano. Acoustic guitars and strings are in the mix as well.
“Snowflake” finds Kate lyrically transforming herself into a snowflake. This is not a surprise if you are a long time Kate Bush fan. Piano and ambience is here big time. “Lake Tahoe” is another ambient laden piano track, but they will get to you in the end I am sure. There is bass, but not an actual drum beat here. If yuck is the one word you think of for snow perhaps these songs will make it a little less painful. Four and a third stars for any listener with a creative patience.
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