Before the Dawn [Live]

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  • Summary: The second live release for the British singer-songwriter is a three-disc album featuring songs from her her month-long residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
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  1. Dec 2, 2016
    91
    Because the main suites were written with a blind listen in mind and because it is so well-executed, the audio makes for an epic, vivid two-and-a-half-hour event that will enchant anyone new to Bush’s music.
  2. Nov 28, 2016
    85
    Before the Dawn demystifies what we’ve fetishized in her absence. Without draining her magic, it lets Bush exist back down on Earth.
  3. 83
    Before the Dawn is living, breathing proof that Bush still has the creative prowess and unique sensibilities that made her a superstar in the first place.
  4. Nov 22, 2016
    80
    An exhaustive audio souvenir of a momentous event, simply to remind us--and perhaps Bush, too-- that it really happen after all. [Jan 2017, p.16]
  5. Nov 28, 2016
    80
    Before the Dawn provides a memento for those who were there and a vague indication of what went on for those who weren’t, without compromising the shows’ appealingly mysterious air: a quality you suspect the woman behind it realises is in very short supply in rock music these days.
  6. 80
    What comes across perhaps more strongly in this audio version of Before The Dawn is the subtly contrasting nature of the two suites, their disparate characters--entrapment versus liberation, petrifying terror versus exultant joy--reflected in the music.
  7. 60
    Divorced from the visual spectacle--puppets, illusionists, avian transformations, ticker-tape poetry--and the thrill of watching actual Kate Bush actually singing, this audio recording is akin to John Lennon being resurrected to perform the Wedding Album--i.e. only mildly amazing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. Dec 3, 2016
    10
    I was very fortunate to see BEFORE THE DAWN in 2014. Had to travel from Boston to London to see it but never was an excursion so very worthI was very fortunate to see BEFORE THE DAWN in 2014. Had to travel from Boston to London to see it but never was an excursion so very worth it. Though I would like to revisit, via DVD, that personally special night in September '14 when I saw Kate Bush come on stage and let rip her voice, her imagination, her artistry, this recording does take me to that special night unlike any others. This recording is the "pinch in the arm" that signals, "You were there! You remember it! You can still see it all in your memory!" For those who didn't see the show, all I can say is: Use your imagination, what you know about Kate Bush, and listen to this recording with a mind open to the furthest reaches of your dreams and you, too, will be at one of those shows. It's magic. 10+ score all the way. Expand
  2. Dec 3, 2016
    10
    Magnificent. BTD is hands down my Album of the Year and one of the best live album ever. It's an "agape" kind of work. Epic really. TheMagnificent. BTD is hands down my Album of the Year and one of the best live album ever. It's an "agape" kind of work. Epic really. The mastering is superb... and the pressing is almost flawless. Chapeau Expand
  3. Dec 27, 2016
    10
    Really a wonderful, well-organized, retrospective of Kate Bush's work. But where is the Blu-Ray of the show? How could anyone mount a showReally a wonderful, well-organized, retrospective of Kate Bush's work. But where is the Blu-Ray of the show? How could anyone mount a show such as this, with someone who rarely performs, and not create a visual record of it?!! I just hope its in the works. It will complete the astounding picture of Kate Bush's creative genius. Expand
  4. Dec 2, 2016
    10
    One of the best live albums ever released, it's simply magical, it gives every song an unique turn, like the second parts of 'Hounds of Love'One of the best live albums ever released, it's simply magical, it gives every song an unique turn, like the second parts of 'Hounds of Love' and 'Aerial', titled 'The Ninth Wave' and 'A(n Endless) Sky of Honey' Expand
  5. Dec 3, 2016
    10
    Epic. Magnificent. Magic. And beyond all this, still ENIGMATIC. Kate Bush happen to release one of the best live albums ever. One importantEpic. Magnificent. Magic. And beyond all this, still ENIGMATIC. Kate Bush happen to release one of the best live albums ever. One important information is one cannot really appreciate it if nit by good loudspeakers. This mudic needs air! Expand
  6. Dec 14, 2016
    8
    Music itself is great but to put out something like this without visual accompanion doesn't make much sense. Whole affair was theater as muchMusic itself is great but to put out something like this without visual accompanion doesn't make much sense. Whole affair was theater as much as rock concert. Whenever you hear applause in the middle of the song you're actually out of experience because you're aware there's something going on the stage that you're missing. Also I seriously dislike quality of the sound. Lots of people are satisfied with the it but to my ears this official release sounds almost like a bootleg (situation is somehow better at really high volume but c'mon lady some of us are living in buildings surrounded by other people...and give us a freakin' DVD already for god sake). Expand
  7. Dec 20, 2016
    6
    Very underwhelming without the visuals to accompany it. The performances are mostly wonderful, although Bush's voice has a strange hootingVery underwhelming without the visuals to accompany it. The performances are mostly wonderful, although Bush's voice has a strange hooting sound to it, but the spontaneous bouts of applause and the cringeworthy 'narration' pieces just reinforce the fact that you're only getting a small slice of the actual experience. Bush's description of the album as the 'definitive' experience of the show is... well, disingenuous, to put it mildly. Expand