|Kate Bush 2011|
I always was a Kate Bush fan - she had a similar look to me as a young woman and kind of mad the frizzy hair and soulful eyes acceptable when everyone else was going for a more New Romantic glam. Not really a hippy, definitely not a New Romantic, Kate Bush was a performer who sang songs like no-one else and wrote them all herself. She was the original 'Florence and the Machine' really. And then she disappeared into the life of a reclusive and was not really heard from in the mainstream, for 17 years, and her last live performance was in 1979.
Until this year that is, with the launch of Director's Cut which came out to critical acclaim in May and her brand new album, 50 Words for Snow.
The voice is more mellow - she is after all 53. The album is full of myths and stories - she creates worlds that are 'other worldly' but are still relevant to very human emotions and feelings. The stories are simple - we do all hanker after the simple these days. Her arrangements are lovely and moody. I loved the album, Hounds of Love, back in the '80's' and this has a similar feel - haunting, melancholy, beautiful.