“… the buildings of New York look just like mountains in the snow…”
Some of you may not know the name Kate Bush. No, it’s not a former president’s daughter. Rest assured, her name would be considered “household” in England. In 1978, her iconic debut single “Wuthering Heights” shot straight to the No. 1 spot in multiple European charts; the self-proclaimed “white witch” was only 18 at the time. Now, over 30 years since that groundbreaking track, she’s released her latest. Director’s Cut features her signature voice, those otherworldly lyrics, and the atmosphere of a late night cocktail lounge.
There is some initial trepidation upon starting the album; you have no idea what to expect, except that, in the words of one of my friends, it’s “Probably gonna be weird.” The first half of the album is vast, from the church bells and minor keys in the opening “Flower of the Mountain”, to the creepy old lady voice at the beginning of “Lily” (don’t worry, it turns into a funky song) to the synth-laden “Deeper Understanding”, you definitely get the feeling that this isn’t your average pop music; Bush has earned her chops.
The turning point though, when you realize that this is something really special, is the piano arrangement on “Moments of Pleasure”, and it literally takes your breath away when her voice just hits you right in the heart, and makes you remember things that you aren’t even sure happened to you at all. From there, the album goes hand-over-hand up the Awesome Ladder (patent pending). It’s even worth going back and listening to the first half again immediately, when you’re in the Kate Bush frame of mind.
In this day and age, with the cookie cutter pop music, it’s refreshing to hear an act that breathes new life into the industry. Kate Bush has lost nothing to her voice, both in power and sweetness, and is an artist in the true sense of the word: not afraid to push the boundaries of convention, and knowing exactly what that entails. “Director’s Cut” is set to be another jewel in this girl’s collection.