The Red Shoes

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972506326
  • Catalog Number: 725063
  • Sales rank: 29,476

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
Ian Cooper Mastering
Gaumont d'Oliver Sound Effects
Justin Vali Contributor
Ian Sylvester Contributor, Digital Consultant
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  • Posted January 11, 2015

    In my opinion this is Kate Bush's weakest effort, but it still h

    In my opinion this is Kate Bush's weakest effort, but it still has some gems on it. Definitely worth a listen.

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