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Aerial Image
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Universal acclaim- based on 315 Ratings

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  • Summary: This double-disc set is the influential singer-songwriter's first album in a dozen years.

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Aerial
The dawn has come And the wine will run And the song must be sung And the flowers are melting In the sun I feel I want to be up on the roof I feel I... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 'Aerial' towers over the vast majority of even this year's embarrassment of riches.
  2. Considering the length of her hiatus, this is a remarkable surprise.
  3. Aerial isn’t perfect, but it is magnificent.
  4. The songs don't always match the brouhaha surrounding their arrival, but there's no denying the exquisite craft on display.
  5. Even if Aerial doesn't set the world on fire, it's good to hear Kate Bush again, and to hear a record that sounds so organic and grounded.
  6. New Musical Express (NME)
    70
    'Aerial' has more than its share of static, but the highs are more than worth the lows. [12 Nov 2005, p.45]
  7. Too much of Aerial fades into a soft-focus background of soothing synthesizers, murmuring bass, and twittering birdsong.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 199
  1. MichaelS
    Nov 12, 2005
    10
    A small masterpiece.
  2. janl
    Nov 9, 2005
    10
    After 12 years of absence, Kate Bush moved my again with nice intimate songs.The only track which decived me is ..."King og the mountain".
  3. TakisS
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    A real experimental masterpiece! Only Kate can make songs like Aerial Prologue or Prelude in that Age. The album is the successor of Hounds A real experimental masterpiece! Only Kate can make songs like Aerial Prologue or Prelude in that Age. The album is the successor of Hounds of Love! A masterpiece! Expand
  4. MattD
    Nov 21, 2005
    10
    'Hounds' revisited, but with so much happiness. Love it (especially 'sky'), love her
  5. JonathanM
    Nov 8, 2005
    10
    Wow, I've been a Kate fan for several years now and after The Red Shoes being such an overcooked record I really wasn't expecting Wow, I've been a Kate fan for several years now and after The Red Shoes being such an overcooked record I really wasn't expecting anything as beatiful and beguling as this. Nearly 30 years on she still manages to be one of the most essential artists around. Expand
  6. RayH
    Nov 17, 2005
    10
    A magnificent, emotionally overwhelming piece of music. I think the second disc will become recognised as her best work. Who else could have A magnificent, emotionally overwhelming piece of music. I think the second disc will become recognised as her best work. Who else could have made this record? Expand
  7. StephenC
    Jan 23, 2006
    0
    She is a mental case and is trying to make music. Why do people like it? The words in her songs are so shocking, "King of the mountain" which She is a mental case and is trying to make music. Why do people like it? The words in her songs are so shocking, "King of the mountain" which is apparently about Elvis (he's never been king of the mountain, he probably couldn't have walked to the local shop). Mybe you need to understand the complex lyrics, and quite simply I don't and I don't want to. So Bad. Expand

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