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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.

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Snowed In At Wheeler Street
Excuse me, I'm sorry to bother you but don't I know you? There's just something about you. Haven't we met before? We've been in love forever. When we... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. Uncut
    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 7, 2011
    10
    Quelle fraicheur et sensualité dans ce disque. Superbes compositions, un touché simpliste au piano, une voix auQuelle fraicheur et sensualité dans ce disque. Superbes compositions, un touché simpliste au piano, une voix au timbre si particulier. Une ŠExpand
  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 ultimateGee 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'sAmong 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. Feb 21, 2012
    10
    Kate Bush's second album of 2011, this selection of languid and seemingly meandering tracks seem at first very subtle and pleasant... butKate Bush's second album of 2011, this selection of languid and seemingly meandering tracks seem at first very subtle and pleasant... but further listens reveal startling brilliant structures and wonderful nuances which reward the patience required. The highlights? Depending on one's taste, any of the seven songs could singled out for this, but perhaps Misty which is at once preposterous and poignant story of a night with a snowman, or Lake Tahoe with its haunting themes and even more haunting piano lines make amongst the strongest candidates. Wild Man is the closest to a "pop song" while the charming and somewhat tongue-in-cheek (at least until the end) title track has one of the best rhythm tracks of any Kate song. While each song has its merits, this album is an example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts, so each song truly shines most in its album setting. This means that the listener must devote more than an hour of serious headphone time to absorb Bush's work but the end of effect is transporting like no other.

    Yes, 50 Words for Snow is the album of 2011 and one of the two or three greatest pinnacles of Kate Bush's remarkable career.
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  5. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    Absolutely wonderful! Brilliant music and great storytelling! This is the best album of the year and I dare to say that it is also kate bush'sAbsolutely wonderful! Brilliant music and great storytelling! This is the best album of the year and I dare to say that it is also kate bush's best work. Well done! Expand
  6. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    Hands-down, 50 Words For Snow is THE album of 2011 - not your typical album by any standards, each song tells a story with the linking themeHands-down, 50 Words For Snow is THE album of 2011 - not your typical album by any standards, each song tells a story with the linking theme of snow. This is not pop, this is art, and Kate Bush has created another masterpiece on par with her other masterpieces Aerial, Hounds Of Love, The Sensual World and The Kick Inside. If you haven't started listening to music's true genius now, I strongly suggest starting now with the magic that is 50 Words For Snow. Expand
  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 pictureKate 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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