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The Sensual World

Kate Bush

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Album Review

An enchanting songstress, Kate Bush reflects the most heavenly views of love on the aptly titled The Sensual World. The follow-up to Hounds of Love features Bush unafraid to be a temptress, vocally and lyrically. She's a romantic, frolicking over lust and love, but also a lover of life and its spirituality. The album's title track exudes the most sensually abrasive side of Bush, but she is also one to remain emotionally intact with her heart and head. The majority of The Sensual World beams with a carefree spirit of strength and independence. "Love and Anger," which features blistering riffs by Bush's mentor and cohort David Gilmour, thrives on self-analysis — typically cathartic of Bush. Michael Nyman's delicate string arrangements allow the melodic "Reaching Out" to simply arrive, freely floating with Bush's lush declaration ("reaching out for the star/reaching out for the star that explodes") for she's always searching for a common peace, a commonality to make comfort. What makes this artist so intriguing is her look toward the future — she appears to look beyond what's present and find a peculiar celestial atmosphere in which human beings do exist. She's conscious of technology on "Deeper Understanding" and of a greater life on the glam rock experimental "Rocket's Tail (For Rocket)," yet she's still intrinsic to the reality of an individual's heart. "Between a Man and a Woman" depicts pressure and heartbreak, but it's the beauty of "This Woman's Work" that makes The Sensual World the outstanding piece of work that it is. She possesses maternal warmth that's surely inviting, and it's something that's made her one of the most prolific female singer/songwriters to emerge during the 1980s. She's never belonged to a core scene. Bush's intelligence, both as an artist and as a woman, undoubtedly casts her in a league of her own.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant!!

Never having heard a Kate Bush album in my life, a friend lent me her copy of this album and I immediately started combing the music stores for everything she recorded. The music on this album is not merely about sensuality; it explores themes such as personal loss and sadness, obsession, relationships and love in its many forms. The standouts: "Rocket's Tail" an explosively erotic number, and I dare anyone to dispute its sexual symbolism, "This Woman's Work", possibly one of the most beautiful songs ever written, and "Reaching Out" a vocally and lyrically powerful work about life patterns. It isn't surprising that artists like Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlin and Maxwell have been inspired by her work. She is a true original, an artist driven by a uniquely powerful muse. Now my only question is: When will iTunes feature her greatest album: "The Dreaming"?

Wow!

I had never heard any of her songs until CBS used 'This Woman's Work' in the CSI Season 8 promo. I was pleasently surprised that almost all of her songs were just as good!

Wow

I can't believe this album is from 1989. Kate's voice is haunting and her music is timeless. I hope the CSI promo drags her into the spotlight where she belongs.

Biography

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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