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Old 26-03-2013, 00:09
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Now sometimes with her albums like fine wine they need time to breath. I hated Red Shoes, Aerial and was never fssed on Lionheart or Never For Ever but each grew. Now i understand the concept and point of 50 Words but it is so incredibly dull and plodding literally like watching snow settle until the landscape matches and it all begin to blur on that point job done Kate a snowy concept achieved. But other than that it doesn't do much else like the summer tones of Sky Of Honey revealed themselves and blossomed before finsihing like the closing of the day. 50 Words 7 tracks of absolute snooze inducing pretentious crap (forgive me Kate ). So to you Kate fans anyone feel the some and have finally found a Kate album with no redeeming features.
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Old 26-03-2013, 00:23
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I must admit I would like to listen to more of her stuff.
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Old 26-03-2013, 07:12
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I couldn't warm to this album at all, but respected the visual and concept of it all. In some way, it just didn't feel like a Kate Bush album.
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Old 26-03-2013, 10:25
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I couldn't warm to this album at all, but respected the visual and concept of it all. In some way, it just didn't feel like a Kate Bush album.
It felt like a Kate album in that concept suite common them linking it all together than that it was just incredibly boring. I keep coming up with snow references i.e it moves at a glacial pace and i know its more than a little intentional but still it seems almost lifeless in comparison to her to her albums.
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Old 26-03-2013, 11:34
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it's incredibly difficult to be critical of Kate Bush. 50 Words For Snow is one of my least played albums of hers but it's hard to put a finger on why that is, other than the fact that the album can be quite boring - which isn't very constructive.

Like I say, it's difficult. Everything is there, those wonderful piano motifs, that wonderfully warm voice, the inventiveness, even the occasional quirky pop song....but it drags like hell. A song like Snowflake would have been equally as effective had it been just over 3 minutes as opposed to 7.

Some of the compositions are perhaps a little too tasteful, I can picture them being the soundtrack to Delia's Yuletide Cooking - the camera pans past a plate of freshly baked mince pies cooling on Delia's windowsill, into a picturesque winters garden, with a robin perched on a spade and Among Angles plays in the background. It's all quite quaint and middle-class.

Luckily, themes such as shagging a snowman save it from tipping into the twee.

I would image she despises the idea of being a Pop Princess. I can imagine her having issues with the notion that her work is often categorised as 'pop', which is a shame, as wrapping up all her challenging and experimental ideas in hook laden pop ditties is what won here so much affection. I miss Pop Princess Kate.

But as much as it tries to veer away from pop, 50 WfS is still very much a pop album, just not pop as we know it.

Like I say, it's difficult to be critical.
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Old 26-03-2013, 11:49
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it's incredibly difficult to be critical of Kate Bush. 50 Words For Snow is one of my least played albums of hers but it's hard to put a finger on why that is, other than the fact that the album can be quite boring - which isn't very constructive.

Like I say, it's difficult. Everything is there, those wonderful piano motifs, that wonderfully warm voice, the inventiveness, even the occasional quirky pop song....but it drags like hell. A song like Snowflake would have been equally as effective had it been just over 3 minutes as opposed to 7.

Some of the compositions are perhaps a little too tasteful, I can picture them being the soundtrack to Delia's Yuletide Cooking - the camera pans past a plate of freshly baked mince pies cooling on Delia's windowsill, into a picturesque winters garden, with a robin perched on a spade and Among Angles plays in the background. It's all quite quaint and middle-class.

Luckily, themes such as shagging a snowman save it from tipping into the twee.

I would image she despises the idea of being a Pop Princess. I can imagine her having issues with the notion that her work is often categorised as 'pop', which is a shame, as wrapping up all her challenging and experimental ideas in hook laden pop ditties is what won here so much affection. I miss Pop Princess Kate.

But as much as it tries to veer away from pop, 50 WfS is still very much a pop album, just not pop as we know it.

Like I say, it's difficult to be critical.
You sum up my feelings too. Its beautifully constructed and brilliantly executed but there is just something that doesn't work about it. I agree in the respect she stuck to rigidly to the concept and that it's hard to enjoy as it does go on a bit in a very slow manner without any of that great left feild pop she does to keep our interest. It's like The Ninth Wave was a roller coaster up down always keeping the listening anticipating. Snow just settles and is an album i rarely revisit.
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