I enjoy the music of Kate Bush. So when the surprise announcement of her next album, 50 Words For Snow, appeared on her website, excitement overcame me. What makes this release even more interesting is that it follows closely on the heels of her previous album, Director's Cut, which was released earlier this year. Before that, she was silent for six years after the release of Aerial (2005). Before Aerial? Eleven long years of silence after the release of The Red Shoes in 1993.
Director's Cut is an album that revisited The Red Shoes, and the earlier The Sensual World (1989) by refurbishing many of the songs from those albums. In a few cases songs have been completely re-recorded. Lyric changes, new vocals, new instrumentation, and analog recording make Director's Cut an interesting release, but why Bush chose the two albums that she did is a bit confusing. It might have been more of an interesting project if she had liberally selected songs from her entire career.
While Bush worked on Director's Cut, she also recorded seven new tracks. Those new tracks, all having references to falling snow, make up 50 Words For Snow, which has a lengthy running time of 65 minutes. Still, it is new Kate Bush. And for that, I'm grateful.
The songs destined for 50 Words For Snow are:
Snowed In At Wheeler Street
50 Words For Snow
50 Words For Snow is slated for UK release on November 21 on both CD and LP.