Bush Watch: The Good One
Now, after 12 years of her self-imposed exile, Kate Bush is finally releasing some new music. A double-CD collection titled "Aerial" will be released worldwide on November 7th. The lead single, "King Of The Mountain" debuted on BBC2 last week, and through the miracle of streaming audio, I was able to give it a listen.
It's pretty good, mellow and in the mold of her 1989 album "The Sensual World." My tastes run to her more experimental work, 1980's "Never For Ever" and 1982's "The Dreaming," but as any Kate Bush fan will tell you, even lesser Kate is good music. The new song is not bad at all. It's a dreamy surrealistic song about Elvis, with a looping rhythm and ethereal production.
While it's a great song, I'm hoping that the Aerial CD will offer a little more diversity of style. Kate's last album, "The Red Shoes," was her most disappointing. It was hurt by a sameness that resulted in a lackluster album that probably convinced Kate that it was time to take her long vacation.
So hopes are running high that Aerial will be a major return to form. In addition to the import single available from Amazon, "King Of The Mountain" is available on iTunes. I don't use iTunes, so you're on you're own in terms of finding it there. If you're a die-hard Kate fan, it's worth the effort. Of course, if you're a die-hard Kate fan, you'll spring for the import single anyway.
Twelve years is a long time to do without that angelic voice, so anticipation is high. It's so nice to know that somewhere in the world, somebody named "Bush" is doing something useful and entertaining.