7 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s a Christmas miracle that Kate Bush released two albums in 2011. However, Director’s Cut, a reinterpretation of songs from The Sensual World and The Red Shoes, inspired her to get working on new material. The fact that the music has a definitive winter solitude inspired her to complete this album before the season passed. The studio perfectionist in her ensures that each song sounds complete and sonically rewarding. The piano is deep and measured, building to dramatic heights. No track is shorter than six-plus minutes, and two roll out at more than 11 and 13 minutes. This leisurely pace lets Bush explore the mysteries and romance of a season where snow’s temporary presence reminds her of life’s own impermanence. “Misty” builds to an overwhelming crescendo, with Steve Gadd’s drums kicking the piano and strings into a new soundfield. Elton John, British actor Stephen Fry, and Bush’s 12-year-old son, Bertie, make guest appearances that increase the impact. John, in particular, sings in his lower register for a striking cameo on the daring love story “Snowed in at Wheeler Street.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s a Christmas miracle that Kate Bush released two albums in 2011. However, Director’s Cut, a reinterpretation of songs from The Sensual World and The Red Shoes, inspired her to get working on new material. The fact that the music has a definitive winter solitude inspired her to complete this album before the season passed. The studio perfectionist in her ensures that each song sounds complete and sonically rewarding. The piano is deep and measured, building to dramatic heights. No track is shorter than six-plus minutes, and two roll out at more than 11 and 13 minutes. This leisurely pace lets Bush explore the mysteries and romance of a season where snow’s temporary presence reminds her of life’s own impermanence. “Misty” builds to an overwhelming crescendo, with Steve Gadd’s drums kicking the piano and strings into a new soundfield. Elton John, British actor Stephen Fry, and Bush’s 12-year-old son, Bertie, make guest appearances that increase the impact. John, in particular, sings in his lower register for a striking cameo on the daring love story “Snowed in at Wheeler Street.”

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