Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow

Kate Bush - Eagerly anticipated new studio album from the iconic and trendsetting Brit art-pop songstress is her first collection of new songs since 2005's Aerial...new project came out of her studio work on this past May's Director's Cut where she revisited and reworked songs from her Sensual World and Red Shoes...guests including Elton John ("Snowed in at Wheeler Street"), veteran guitarist (and Bush sideman) Andy Fairweather Low ("Wild Man"), British actor/comedian/writer Stephen Fry (the title track) and on vocals, Bush's 12-year-old son Albert "Bertie" McIntosh ("Snowflake") // Release: 50 Words for Snow (November 21, ANTI-) // Sounds like: Bush's once lark-like, often childish soprano has deepened into a more richly textured instrument over time and the album's seven mostly symph/synth tracks -- all with a theme of "falling snow" that stretch over 65 minutes -- including the nearly 14-minute opus "Misty" (a love song to a snowman) and 11+ minute "Lake Tahoe"...

Quote: “I really like other people’s voices as they age. I think singers’ voices get more interesting as they age. People like Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday had wonderful voices when they were younger, but they sounded even better as they aged.” // What we like: The lengthy "Misty" may be the most interesting and intriguing of the songs here, finding middle ground between austere chamber art-pop meditation and more down-to-earth melodic fluidity, legendary drummer Steve Gadd (just Google him) and Danny Thompson on bass (ditto) laying down an empathetic and jazzy light touch to the track..."Wild Man" is more traditional Bushian fare, even with the near-spoken lyrics, a ticking rhythm, synth hook bumping up against a chilly production sheen that lets a few shards of warm light through now and then...

Kate Bush - "Wild Man" (single edit from 50 Words for Snow)