Post by sabbracadabra on Nov 4, 2008 11:16:29 GMT -8
Um, well, THE RED SHOES, personally, is her weakest album - though there are some gems on there. She seemed somehwat jaded on here, and calling in the likes of Gilmour, Beck, Prince, and even Lenny Henry(!) did little. Buy it only if you see it for a fiver or something like that.
AERIAL, a double, and 12 years after THE RED SHOES, is reasons enough to buy it. Side 1 is almost 10 out of 10 - it's quite brilliant. Side 2 was too much to ask and it does dip, and some almost album filler tracks sneak in.
So, I recommend AERIAL, and THE RED SHOES too, but, as in with all artists(?), things just ain't the same as they once were..
Sabbs', I shall complete the collection on my next visit to Cambridge. I am really excited about side one Aerial, you gave it the big thumbs up. I will let you know my thoughts. Going to see if I can find that 'Live at Hammersmith', recorded this of my telly some years ago 'tapes knackered'.......whats going through my head right now...violin..violin.
Post by sabbracadabra on Nov 5, 2008 10:25:41 GMT -8
Yeah, side 1 is really great. I'm a little excited now, in hearing of your excitement, so, a very brief step by step on side 1.
KING OF THE MOUNTAIN - Released as a single, and something Kate had written back in the mid 90's. A cautious, yet pleasing opening. 9/10
PI - She sings numbers on this one !!, and no one sounds quite like Kate singing 'just' random numbers. Intriguing, mesmerising, very capturing. 10/10
BERTIE - A song with medieval touches about her son. A trifle quirky, just like Kate, it's simply likeable. 9/10
MRS BARTOLOZZI - Oh man, this is massive, I mean, huge! The lyrics, in places, are just magic. The melody, the pauses along the song, and the moments when you think if she is really going to make that note, is just a joy. She's still a bit mad on this, and still smarting from the past. 11/10
HOW TO BE INVISIBLE - A very catchy little demon this one, super lyrics, a really lovely guitar sound and just try and stop your foot tapping! 9/10
JOANNI - This could of come off the THE SENSUAL WORLD album, peasonally. It's just got that Kate era on this one. Love this, though needs a few hearings, but trust me, it'll come. She still enquires about things from the past at times in her lyrics, which just adds it all for me. Oh mate, she speaks some French near the end, and just pretend she's whispering it in your ear! (Dunno what she's saying though!) ;D 9/10
A CORAL ROOM - Get a hanky mate on this one. Kate singing alone at the piano, intense and personal. You can feel her emotions emitting out. Boy, it gets a little heavy, and me being rather soppy... And if it catches you without your guard up, like it does on 2.38, then you'll be all glassy eyed. Maybe anyway. 10/10
Good luck with it mate.
...and I can do you a copy of LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH if you want? Just IM me with your address and I will gladly post you it.
Post by ozricnutter on Nov 5, 2008 11:33:43 GMT -8
Sabbs' thanks so much for the complete breakdown, the FOPP in Cambridge is pretty good, so I hope to be lucky if not I may get back to you.got to run.... going to post you a p.m tomorrow. thanks the nutter.
Post by ozricnutter on Nov 13, 2008 3:30:09 GMT -8
This is mainly for Sabbs' others may read but it may be way over your head. I found Kate in FOPP,she was to go to bed with me later. She sang softly 7 songs on are way back from Cambridge. It was not till I was for bed that she started singing again,just random numbers and kept talking about her washing machine and she wispered sweet nothings in french. All this for a fiver,oh' and I bought her red shoes also a fiver. So anyone who likes 'bush' she is captivating. If she was to sing these songs just her and a piano in an intimate gig,they would need to place a notice on the door 'anyone with a tickly cough you may jeopardize your life................and Sabbs' you was so right about the tapping.
Post by sabbracadabra on Nov 13, 2008 23:29:58 GMT -8
Yeah, Rolf is fine on the old Didgeridoo, and even speech, but 'singin' NO!
Of course, side 2 is likeable but in time, to me, it has developed (some) songs that did not need to be so long (NOCTURN & AERIAL) and are tainted with a mainstream feel (NOCTURN & SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN).
Personally I think a double album with 17 tracks on, ended up being a little too much for her - even though she had been away for years. I'm not saying there was throw away tracks on there, but ya know, looking back...maybe.
Anyway, that's just a thought, and only mine.
Glad you enjoying the albums, and long may you do!
Post by ozricnutter on Jan 14, 2009 7:33:02 GMT -8
And so it seems I have more vinyl on the way. I don't know how long ago it was but I did still buy vinyl far longer than I should have. Then one day I ditched the turn table but I still have the speakers and AMP which is as big as a refrigerator and as heavy. But it did kick some good watts. 20 years plus ago when I did not have a pot belly and man boobs, and my girl friend said I looked like Bruce Springsteen, I was working a tan at the front of my home which is the last house in our village, I put the speakers in the side windows cranked it up and walked out the front door. Within an hour I was visited by the police with complaints from 2 people not from my village but the next.......what was I playing, this will make you laugh..Abba.........."MAMMA-MIA"
So Kirk you have some Santana. In the mid 70's I was a dj playing music that no one else played and my signature tune was by an artist who I believe played in Santana's band 'Mingo Lewis' very spacey was this music. My dj name was Eddie Octophonic,never got any further than the local village hall.