Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Dec 6, 2011
    70
    The experience of The Director's Cut, encountering all this familiar material in its new dressing, is more than occasionally unsettling, but simultaneously, it is deeply engaging and satisfying.
  2. Jun 20, 2011
    80
    Bush considers Director's Cut to be its own separate work, and with each revealing listen, that seems more and more to be the case.
  3. Jun 14, 2011
    60
    If you've heard the albums it's drawing its material from, you've already got all of those secrets figured out. Ultimately, that renders this album as a novelty of sorts, a release that should only have a footnote in the story of her career rather than its own chapter.
  4. May 31, 2011
    80
    Perhaps the most significant thing that Director's Cut offers is context. Not just the context of an album – which it is being touted as, rather than a mere compilation – but the context of era, in how technological limitations of the time affect a composer's original intentions.
  5. 60
    None of these cropped and re-imagined takes are drastic enough to add huge insights into Bush's output as they do her finicky outlook on her own work. Work that is, generally, great in any context.
  6. May 25, 2011
    80
    That the songs retain their vibrancy and ambition with this new energy – more focused, less stridently theatrical – is a testament to her songwriting and enduring appeal.
  7. May 24, 2011
    70
    At its best Director's Cut is a dazzling affirmation of Bush's genius as songwriter, performer and producer. Maybe one day we'll take her for granted again. But not today.
  8. 90
    Director's Cut can be seen as new work, because some of these songs are very different to their earlier versions in tone and scale; both sets of work are equally brilliant, but here there is even more clarity of purpose,
  9. May 24, 2011
    70
    Director's Cut is a fine addition to her gorgeously ethereal repertoire, but it's mainly for Bush completists.
  10. May 19, 2011
    73
    Director's Cut provides a unique opportunity to do an A/B comparison between a late-career artist and her younger self. But which you'll prefer likely depends on whether you favor a more assured artist working within her strengths, or a brash younger artist delighting in the defying of pop conventions.
  11. Taken on its own merits, however, there's plenty to enjoy, as Bush sings new vocals over remixed and re-edited backing tracks in a deeper, more weathered voice.
  12. May 18, 2011
    80
    As much as it's fascinating to hear Bush the Elder look back at Bush the Younger, is the tinkering worth a full album? Yes, because it's a sign Bush the Artist is still alive (she's working on new songs too) and Director's Cut (a less prosaic title would have been nice) is a gorgeous body of work.
  13. 80
    Her vocals now sound stately, and the impression is of a grande dame breathing new life into work made as an ingenue.
  14. 100
    There's a consistency and homogeneity about the 11 tracks (seven from The Red Shoes, four from The Sensual World) which echoes her work on Aerial, and which lends the project a character entirely its own.
  15. May 18, 2011
    80
    Director's Cut ultimately amounts to faffing about, albeit faffing about of the most exquisite kind. Still, as anyone who's watched her putting up with Richard Stilgoe will tell you, Kate Bush has earned the right to do whatever she wants.
  16. May 18, 2011
    60
    The reinterpretations offer interesting what-if scenarios, tweaking and altering familiar material, but inevitably reveal more about Bush's fussiness over her own legacy than anything else.
  17. 83
    But if Director's Cut is a tad superfluous, it's also gorgeous.
  18. May 18, 2011
    80
    There is, as Bush intended, much more air around the songs, which can reduce their original, raw intensity but also gives them a more mature, lingering potency.
  19. Aug 12, 2011
    80
    An unusual and unexpected triumph. [Jun 2011, p.44]
  20. May 31, 2011
    80
    Director's Cut succeeds, however, by axing the star cameos and thrusting some of her most powerful songs back into the spotlight. [Jun 2011, p.115]
  21. May 18, 2011
    80
    After the intermission of Aerial, could this mark the real beginning of the second act of Kate Bush's brilliant career? Let's hope, like Molly, the answer is "Yes..." [Jun 2011, p.81]
  22. May 18, 2011
    60
    There are few moments where Director's Cut offers anything close to a bold deconstruction. [Jun 2011, p.95]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 29, 2013
    9
    Stunning. Gives a new meaning to the phrase 'older and wiser'. Former soprano, now a dashing contralto, Kate Bush takes her old numbers into aStunning. Gives a new meaning to the phrase 'older and wiser'. Former soprano, now a dashing contralto, Kate Bush takes her old numbers into a more present-day, streched-out and more subdued approach which sounds both contemporary and timeless. Standouts are 'Flower of the Mountain (with James Joyce's text)', 'Song of Solomon' and the ballads 'This Woman's Work' and 'Moments of Pleasure'. Full Review »
  2. Sep 7, 2013
    8
    If anyone has the audacity to attempt to cover a Kate Bush song, there is surely no-one more worthy than Bush herself. This collection ofIf anyone has the audacity to attempt to cover a Kate Bush song, there is surely no-one more worthy than Bush herself. This collection of songs from her 89 & 93 albums have been reworked and, in all but perhaps the case of Rubberband Girl, vastly improved. Flower of the Mountain has changed both the most and the least, with both a new title and new lyrics, Bush's original intention of words lifted directly from Molly Bloom's soliloquy in Joyce's Ulysses now being permitted by the Joyce estate, and the song is better for it. The music blends seamlessly with the words and manages to beautifully emulate the whole modernist masterpiece.
    Perhaps not an album for first timers, and I would heartily recommend listening to both The Sensual World and The Red Shoes first, but still, an enjoyable listen.
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  3. Oct 26, 2011
    6
    Every single release by the great Kate Bush is an artistic feast even if it is a collection of old songs with new vocals and some arrangementEvery single release by the great Kate Bush is an artistic feast even if it is a collection of old songs with new vocals and some arrangement changes. Directorâ Full Review »