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Happy Katemas!

It is a golden jubilee this year, as Ms. Bush turns 50 today. In celebration, five YouTube favorites...


Aug. 8th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Crazy hot. Agreed.

If you are trying to go chronologically through her albums and have hit a stumbling block with The Dreaming, you would not be the first. Apparently to go from piano ballads to braying mules and heavily processed backwards vocals was a bit of a stretch for some people ;)

I think with that album maybe she was trying to radically reorient her career. It still blows me away that she did the whole bizarre thing, essentially by herself, at 23 years old.

The albums that come after, I feel, integrate both the experimentation and the precocious, girlish songwriter. (Though there's an argument to be made that she had already achieved it with Never For Ever.) Have you listened to Hounds of Love or Aerial much? Kate at her best, as far as I'm concerned.
Aug. 10th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
I had an immediate aversion to Hounds of Love. I own it and have tried to plow through it several times and train myself to like it but I just don't. I think the harmonies are either simplistic, too conventional, or just not interesting. Her vocal melodies are more disjunct in a way I find unlovely, and she seems to sing a particular series of intervals a few too many times, preventing songs from standing out. I even dislike the lower register of her voice as she aged (I tend to like either very low-pitched female singers or very high-pitched, and she dipped down from that sweet upper register that had previously attracted me. The suite of songs at the end are better, but bore me. In general, I mourn the organic sound she used to have. I'm not anti-electronic, by the way--one of my favorite bands is The Legendary Pink Dots. Running Up (the/that?) Hill kicks things off terribly for me. Repetitive, predictable chord progressions with redundant, disjunct singing.

I don't mean to sound so critical. I know this is all subjective, which is why I don't bother to keep saying "I think" or "in my opinion". I'm just trying to be as clear as I can. I skipped the Dreaming because I couldn't find it in my stores, but I've heard a couple tracks--haven't made up my mind yet. I'll check out Aerial.

For reference, I think Lionheart is absolutely perfect in all ways (though the Wow song is a little weak maybe). The Kick Inside is also perfect. Those two albums endlessly amaze me. Never For Ever starts to wilt into Boring Land for me with songs like "Egypt", but it also has some great songs, including two of my all-time favorite songs, "Breathing" and "Army Dreamers".

I STILL HOLD OUT HOPE. :) I'll keep you informed.

In any case, I commend her for doing whatever the fuck she wants. She followed her instincts, and so should she always.


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