Kate Bush record hailed, but fears death of album

Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:31am EST
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - British singer Kate Bush may believe the music industry is "collapsing," but her latest album has been hailed by some critics as a classic and she has promised more to come after years away from the studio.

"50 Words For Snow" is a concept album consisting of seven tracks, each much longer than the average pop song, which was described by the L.A. Times as "an art-song cycle that veers from delicate to blustery but always with a sheen of elegance."

In her five-star review, the Telegraph newspaper's Helen Brown called it a "quietly beautiful album," while Simon Price in the Independent on Sunday wrote of Bush's first album of new material since 2005's "Aerial":

"To the relief of anyone who carries a torch for the reclusive genius, it's a beauty."

Bush, who rarely gives interviews and studiously avoids the limelight, appears to share critics' sense of enthusiasm for 50 Words For Snow.

It is her second album this year following "Director's Cut," a re-working of music from previous records.

For an artist who waited 12 years between "The Red Shoes" in 1993 and Aerial, it has been a prolific period.

"I feel very proud of this album in a way that I haven't I think since my first record," the 53-year-old told the BBC in an interview to discuss 50 Words For Snow, released on her own record label.   Continued...