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The Sensual World – Kate Bush

Kate Bush The Sensual World

The Sensual World

(1989), 6.5/10
The Sensual World is far more constrained than Bush’s previous work. A lot of these songs coast by on atmosphere, and even ‘This Women’s Work’, one of the strongest pieces here, has an arrangement and sentiment that are far more mainstream than anything Bush had released previously.

The most interesting new sonic element on The Sensual World is The Trio Bulgarka. The three female Bulgarian singers even bring life to the ‘Deeper Understanding’, a dated tribute to Kate’s computer, but they’re exceptional on ‘The Rocket’s Tail’. David Gilmour also contributes surprisingly energetic performances to ‘Love and Anger’ and ‘Rocket’s Tail’.

Highlights include the melodic ‘Love and Anger’, the beautiful piano ballad ‘This Woman’s Work’, and ‘Rocket’s Tail’ which launches into a full band arrangement after a lengthy a capella prelude.

There’s good material on The Sensual World, but it’s one of Bush’s weaker efforts overall; when I return to it I usually just cherry-pick the highlights rather than listen to it in entirety.

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