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Album Review

The album is a continuation of Bush's multi-layered and multiple musical pursuits and interests. If not her strongest work — a number of songs sound okay without being particularly stellar, especially given Bush's past heights — Red Shoes is still an enjoyable listen with a number of diversions. The guest performer list is worthy of note alone, ranging from Procol Harum pianist Gary Brooker and Eric Clapton to Prince, but this is very much a Kate Bush album straight up as opposed to a collaborative work like, say, Santana's Supernatural. Opening song "Rubberband Girl" is actually one of her strongest singles in years, a big and punchy song served well with a horn section, though slightly let down by the stiff percussion. "Eat the Music," another smart choice for a single, mixes calypso and other Caribbean musical touches with a great, classically Bush lyric mixing up sexuality, romance, and various earthy food-based metaphors. Another highlight of Bush's frank embrace of the lustier side of life is "The Song of Solomon," a celebratory piece about the Bible's openly erotic piece. Those who prefer her predominantly piano and vocal pieces will enjoy "Moments of Pleasure" with a strong string arrangement courtesy of Michael Kamen. Other standouts include "Why Should I Love You?" with Prince creating a very Prince-like arrangement and backing chorus for Bush (and doing quite well at that) and the concluding "You're the One," featuring Brooker.

Customer Reviews

Great Album

This album is a departure for Kate Bush who delved into Calypso and Funk with this offering. Great songs include Rubberband Girl, Eat the Music and the beautiful ballad Moments of Pleasure. I'd recommend this one.

Great Album

No doubt one of the greatest vocalists of our time. "Top of the City" is amazing, making this album worth buying..

A Dreaming

This is a great album and puts most other female/songwriters to shame; perhaps it is Kate's production/artistic ear that makes the difference. The host of artists included and the continued use of studio technology - looser here than for some time, perhaps in readiness for (non occurring) touring - is once again phenomenal. There are few compositions that can make the hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck rise so much as a Kate Bush album; even cohorts such as Bjork. Some of the more 'pop' tracks - Rubberband Girl - aren't particularly favorites, but "Moments of Pleasure" and "The Song of Solomon" hark to the Hounds of Love and The Dreaming era. "The Red Shoes" instrumentation creates more intrigue. It is a pity that much earlier (EMI?) material - the aforesaid superlative Dreaming and Hounds - isn't available here, and further that there has been such a gap 'til "Aeriel", but anyone starting with listening to material such as this can only be said to be lucky.


Born: July 30, 1958 in Bexleyheath, Kent, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most successful and popular solo female performers to come out of England during the last several decades of the 20th century, Kate Bush was also one of the most unusual, with her keening vocals and unusually literate and complex body of songs. As a girl, Catherine Bush studied piano and violin while attending the St. Joseph's Convent Grammar School in Abbey Wood in South London. She also amused herself playing an organ in the barn behind her parents' house. By the time she was a teenager,...
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