Collections of lyrics are often somewhat strange affairs. Reading the lyrics as poetry or verse, without the familiar musical accompaniment can be an odd experience. Still, Kate Bush has never been afraid to do something a little left field, so here we have a collection of lyrics in this rather nice cloth bound book. Now this isn’t a comprehensive volume by any means – it comprises selected lyrics from her large catalogue, mainly taken from her albums of course, but also including a smattering of non album tracks which haven’t appeared in printed form before. The lyrics aren’t in chronological order, being arranged instead in a number of themed sections, and there’s no indication as to what the basis for inclusion was, other than presumably the author’s personal preference. I thought the words might perhaps be augmented on occasion with illustrations pertinent to each song, but in fact this is presented purely as a book of verse. As such, some pieces work better than others, with the lyrics from her later albums being the strongest for me, but as the songs jump from one era to another it’s hard to trace a definite line of development in her songwriting skills. I’m especially pleased with he inclusion of so much from her last studio album, 50 Words For Snow, which is surely one of her most underrated albums. There’s also a very good and quite lengthy introduction by David Mitchell (of Cloud Atlas fame), who you may recall contributed some pieces to the Before The Dawn shows. He’s obviously a huge fan, and his love of the albums shines out in his writing, as he tells of hearing them for the first time and gives an assessment of each one, relating them his own life and experiences. A very well put together book, which has obviously been given all the care and attention to detail you would expect – a perfect Christmas present for the Kate Bush fan in your life!
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
This is one for the committed follower of Bush’s albums and career.
One thing you’ve learned
Time to dig out the original albums and give them all another listen.