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Universal acclaim- based on 63 Ratings

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  • Summary: Kate Bush's first new album in six years is influenced by snow and features Stephen Fry, Elton John , and Andy Fairweather Low as guest musicians.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Nov 29, 2011
    100
    One of the year's most imaginative albums.
  2. Nov 17, 2011
    100
    50 Words for Snow is extraordinary business as usual for Bush, meaning it's packed with the kind of ideas you can't imagine anyone else in rock having.
  3. Nov 21, 2011
    90
    50 Words for Snow is undoubtedly whimsical, but it's played and arranged so exquisitely that even the most po-faced should be able to acknowledge the scale of its achievement.
  4. Nov 23, 2011
    80
    From austere, absurd materials, the cumulative effect is remarkable. [Dec 2011, p.76]
  5. Dec 8, 2011
    80
    A remarkably delicate, often meandering (though never purposeless) song cycle revolving around snow, imagination and longing, set to rich, spiraling piano compositions and deep open spaces.
  6. Nov 21, 2011
    75
    The singer does a lot of luxuriating on her 10th album; 50 Words for Snow spreads seven songs over 65 leisurely minutes, her multi-octave voice and piano mostly at the forefront.
  7. Nov 21, 2011
    60
    This album is rather better when it is winking at you, rather than seeking to cryogenically preserve emotion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Dec 1, 2011
    10
    Kate Bush is the greatest musician among Brits and 50 Words for Snow is her latest masterpiece. With this sentence I should end this review but I cannot wait with expressing my joy. The album feels like a natural follow-up to Aerial but whereas the latter was a sunny, occasionally extravagant spring midday, 50 Words is a quiet winter night. And it is not all about snow. The three opening tracks are all minimal piano ballads with an average length of each of more than 10 minutes but I assure you there is no time to yawn. For instance, Misty is about what it would be like to have sex with a snowmanâ Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2011
    10
    Gee man.... No words for Kate Bush other than brilliant! Only the two first songs already take your breath away. This is the ultimate winter/snow/season whatever album. Expand
  3. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    Among the best releases this year. Kate Bush is a legend, so no one was expecting something bad, but this album goes beyond expectations, it's not just beautiful music, it's art, it's winter, it's love. Expand
  4. Jan 5, 2012
    10
    Maybe it is not her most accessible work, but still easy to praise. In other words: you like it or you hate.
    I am still in love with the album
    and her mastery of her genre and her ability to create something that arouses great emotion and imagery, which to the extent that her music creates is rare. Amazing. Expand
  5. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    This is a fantastic album. Gorgeously layered and filled with nuance. My vote for album of the year, unless something great comes out in the next month. Expand
  6. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    I was expecting something good, but not THIS good. Quietly ambitious and incredibly beautifulâ
  7. Nov 25, 2011
    2
    Kate is a legend. I desperately wanted to like this. As hard as I tried, I just couldn't identify with this world. To me it paints a picture of winter as seen from the window of a warm country house somewhere in the south of England. An isolated view, insulated from reality. Too serious, too introspective and taking romance to absurdity. Definitely one for those who loose track of time as they stare endlessly into space. I could have done with a blizzard or two. Expand

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