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Director's Cut

Released on 16 May 2011

Artist: Kate Bush

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  1. Flower Of The Mountain
  2. Song Of Solomon
  3. Lily
  4. Deeper Understanding
  5. The Red Shoes
  6. This Woman's Work
  7. Moments Of Pleasure
  8. Never Be Mine
  9. Top Of The City
  10. And So Is Love
  11. Rubberband Girl

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 Could have been titled 'Reprise'

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I thought I would try and offer my opinion to help anyone who might be struggling to decide.

To start; this is a `Re-Visit' of two Kate Bush albums, The Sensual World and The Red Shoes. It is not a collection of new songs or a Greatest Hits. Kate has taken 4 songs from The Sensual World and 7 songs from The Red Shoes and re-recorded her vocals in analogue as opposed to digital. She believes this gives the songs a warmer sound.

If you are familiar with these two albums and enjoyed them, I would recommend buying this album for nostalgic reasons. We all like to put on an album from 5, 10, 20 years ago and be instantly transported back to another place in time. First love, first holiday abroad, first car, first child......but we rarely get to take that trip with the artist themselves. It is my belief that this album is a reprise of The Sensual World and The Red Shoes. Are they better versions than the original? I don't think so. Do they sound better in a more traditional analogue format? Again, not in my opinion. Do they remind you of times gone by? Absolutely! But unlike listening to the original versions, these songs take you back as an adult. Like looking through a window at your childhood with the wisdom of adulthood. This is how I imagine Kate herself has looked at these songs.

Some songs are much slower than the original, some are just slightly different and some are almost unrecognisable at first until it gets going.

The Sensual World (renamed Flower of the Mountain) is a stripped back version. You can hear her vocals louder than the original and she sounds like a woman, not a girl. I was surprised by how simple this song was. And how sexual. I missed this message first time round but there is no mistaking what this song is telling you.

Deeper Understanding is the song about a girl forming an unnatural friendship with her computer. Something kids today could be accused of but this song was written in 1989. The original had Kate's vocals tinkered with slightly, possibly with a vocoder, to give a subtle computer effect. There is no subtlety here! She has employed some sort of auto tuner to give the impression of a computer voice. I bit like Cher's `Believe' but massively distorted. This gives the right effect but possibly too much as you may not make out the words if you didn't know the song already. However, after a few listens I began to really enjoy this version. It's very fun, especially in the final minutes.

Moments of Pleasure was one of my favourites on The Red Shoes. It always reminds me of Christmas 1993 when I was given the album as a present. Again, like the Sensual World, this is slower and stripped back. I learnt a lot more from this version and it brought a tear to my eye. Again, I missed part of the message here first time round. Towards the end of the song she mentions names; loved ones, family, friends and comments on a memory, a time gone by (a moment of pleasure). You can almost see her watching these little clips on cine film, floating past. `Hey there Michael....did you really love me?' The song means much more with a mature voice. It's more believable and touching.

This Woman's Work was possibly one of Kate's most used songs in film and TV. The opening of this song is very recognisable and instantly fills me with emotion. However, this version is much slower, warmer and mature. It didn't get to me quite the same as the original but by the time I reached the end of the song, I got it. I really like this version now.

In summary, I wouldn't say that I prefer any of these songs over the originals.....but that's not to say that I don't like them. I do. A lot. And I believe they deserve a place in your collection.

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