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Red Shoes
     

The Red Shoes

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by Kate Bush
 

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The album is a continuation of Bush's multi-layered and multiple musical pursuits and interests. If not her strongest work -- a number of songs sound okay without being particularly stellar, especially given Bush's past heights -- Red Shoes is still an enjoyable listen with a number of diversions. The guest performer list is worthy of

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The album is a continuation of Bush's multi-layered and multiple musical pursuits and interests. If not her strongest work -- a number of songs sound okay without being particularly stellar, especially given Bush's past heights -- Red Shoes is still an enjoyable listen with a number of diversions. The guest performer list is worthy of note alone, ranging from Procol Harum pianist Gary Brooker and Eric Clapton to Prince, but this is very much a Kate Bush album straight up as opposed to a collaborative work like, say, Santana's Supernatural. Opening song "Rubberband Girl" is actually one of her strongest singles in years, a big and punchy song served well with a horn section, though slightly let down by the stiff percussion. "Eat the Music," another smart choice for a single, mixes calypso and other Caribbean musical touches with a great, classically Bush lyric mixing up sexuality, romance, and various earthy food-based metaphors. Another highlight of Bush's frank embrace of the lustier side of life is "The Song of Solomon," a celebratory piece about the Bible's openly erotic piece. Those who prefer her predominantly piano and vocal pieces will enjoy "Moments of Pleasure" with a strong string arrangement courtesy of Michael Kamen. Other standouts include "Why Should I Love You?" with Prince creating a very Prince-like arrangement and backing chorus for Bush (and doing quite well at that) and the concluding "You're the One," featuring Brooker.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972506326
catalogNumber:
725063
Rank:
4123

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kate Bush   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Prince   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Nigel Kennedy   Violin,Viola
Gary Brooker   Hammond Organ
Trio Bulgarka   Vocals
Colin Lloyd Tucker   Vocals
Paddy Bush   Vocals,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),Mandola,Valiha,Singing Bowls,Fujara,Musical Bow
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Stuart Elliott   Percussion,Drums
John Giblin   Bass
Nigel Hitchcock   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Danny McIntosh   Guitar
Charlie Morgan   Percussion
Del Palmer   fairlight
J. Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Paul Spong   Trumpet
Gaumont d'Oliver   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Justin Vali   Vocals,Valiha,Kabosy
Lenny Henry   Vocals
Lily   Narrator

Technical Credits

Kate Bush   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Prince   Arranger
Michael Kamen   Orchestration
Haydn Bendall   Engineer
Paddy Bush   Contributor
Del Palmer   Engineer,Contributor
Gaumont d'Oliver   Sound Effects
Justin Vali   Contributor
Ian Sylvester   Contributor,Digital Consultant

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The Red Shoes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
D_MacGowan More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this is Kate Bush's weakest effort, but it still has some gems on it. Definitely worth a listen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago