First Impressions: Kate Bush and Her Wild Man

Monday, October 10, 2011

Be prepared to love an ode to...a Yeti.

Building on the intrigue and quirk that has made her such an acquired taste in music, Kate Bush is back and in fine form with "Wild Man". Sounding rejuvenated, but docile, "Wild Man" takes us into a blustery wilderness of that bizarre flavor fans love, but with a sophisticated edge that is 21st century hipster ready. To my ear, some David Bowie sneaks in (Scary Monsters period) along with the more decadent moments in Bush's 70's period (Lionheart comes instantly to mind), so a bore it is not.

"Wild Man" is another grower. While I was hoping for something a bit more 'wild', with tribal drums a-banging, some screeching and lots of spunk distributed around, I had to remember that Kate has put that 'banshee in the attic' trait behind her and is moving at a glacial pace with her sounds, evident in her last album, 2005's Ariel. She's still the lyrical Mother Goose and will rightfully be so when 50 Words For Snow is released next month, as no one but Kate could formulate compassionate love letter to a Yeti. No one.

Listen to the radio edit below, and for the full effect, Disco Naviete has the full seven minute adventure.

Wild Man

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