50 Words for Snow

Release date
21 Nov 2011
Running length
7 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Snowflake 9:48 64,392
2 Lake Tahoe 11:09 46,561
3 Misty 13:34 43,434
4 Wild Man 7:17 44,029
5 Snowed in at Wheeler Street 8:06 41,175
6 50 Words for Snow 8:32 38,052
7 Among Angels 6:49 34,708

About this album

50 Words For Snow is Kate Bush’s first album since ‘Aerial’ 7 years ago. Very much an album in its own vein, long, drawn out tunes that lead the listener into quiet backwaters of sound whilst gently disturbing your thoughts. Pretty much exactly what all Kate Bush fans have been waiting for.

Kate Bush’s 50 Words for Snow follows Director’s Cut, a dramatically reworked collection of catalog material, by six months. This set is all new, her first such venture since 2005′s Aerial. The are only seven songs here, but the album clocks in at an hour. Despite the length of the songs, and perhaps because of them, it is easily the most spacious, sparsely recorded offering in her catalog. Its most prominent sounds are Bush’s voice, her acoustic piano, and Steve Gadd’s gorgeous drumming — though other instruments appear (as do some minimal classical orchestrations). With songs centered on winter, 50 Words for Snow engages the natural world and myth — both Eastern and Western — and fantasy. It is abstract, without being the least bit difficult to embrace. It commences with “Snowflake,” with lead vocals handled by her son Bertie. Bush’s piano, crystalline and shimmering in the lower middle register, establishes a harmonic pattern to carry the narrative: the journey of a snowflake from the heavens to a single human being’s hand, and in its refrain (sung by Bush), the equal anticipation of the receiver.

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  • ploaver

    its snowing outside and i'm enjoying this album with my cup of coffee ... thank you my lady for this precious moment, i love you

    19 Feb 6:14pm Reply
  • mhmtakff

    Another masterpiece...No words for this lady....Only respect.... [5]

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • snowdog62

    this album was awful and it only gets worse over time. Dat Elton Duet x_x

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Dear_Boss

    50 Words for Snow

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • electricmonster

    estou atordoada com a notícia..... olho pro meu teclado e não sei o que dizer...... só sentir.....

    12 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Hiigor_

    Another masterpiece...No words for this lady....Only respect.... [4]

    23 Dec 2013 Reply

    It's become a sort of a tradition for me to listen this album every winter. Such a beautiful and eerie album!

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    I remember when this came out, but never got around to listening to it. But, hm...... seems like a good month to start?

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • khz_

    Welcome back.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • yinxianghecheng

    Can't wait for winter so I can fully enjoy this album.

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • LadyNightfaLL

    so beautiful

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • firefly2811

    her voice is more restricted due to age. still a lovely ambient cd by the blessed kate.

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • daulkim

    Another masterpiece...No words for this lady....Only respect.... [3]

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ugabyga

    This is classic truly.

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • citron016

    I tried to listen to this album while walking in the falling snow...It was the most magical experience I've ever had.

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • FizzzReviews

    Another masterpiece...No words for this lady....Only respect.... [2]

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • strom-z

    a great album, though thought something about boring lounge jazziness (1,2,3) and cheesiness (5) at first. after multiple listens - one of her best albums i'd say. she's older than björk but appears to be in a better creative form, really.

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
  • lanakias

    Another masterpiece...No words for this lady....Only respect....

    17 Oct 2012 Reply
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    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • guirobles

    For me, the album of the decade so far

    1 Sep 2012 Reply
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