Kate Bush: Director’s Cut

Here’s one she made earlier, only different.

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As someone who seems to spend the best part of an ice age meticulously assembling an album, it’s perhaps unsurprising that perfectionist Bush should feel the need to revisit past releases for some late-in-the-day tweaking.

Director’s Cut is largely a cosmetic exercise, a series of subtle shifts in tone to selections from The Sensual World (1989) and The Red Shoes (1993). The title track of the former (retitled here as Flower Of The Mountain) now includes the passage from James Joyce’s Ulysses blocked by the author’s estate 22 years ago, and Bush has also recorded new vocals for all 11 songs.

Musically, the most telling changes are in the hushed intimacy of This Woman’s Work, pleasingly shorn of the cold synthesised production of the original, and a more fulsome guitar strum to Rubberband Girl, turning it into a the kind of mid- tempo rocker more commonly associated with Sheryl Crow.

It may be enough to keep fans sweet until there are new songs to put out, which could be a while yet if her usual work rate is any indicator.

Terry Staunton was a senior editor at NME for ten years before joined the founding editorial team of Uncut. Now freelance, specialising in music, film and television, his work has appeared in Classic Rock, The Times, Vox, Jack, Record Collector, Creem, The Village Voice, Hot Press, Sour Mash, Get Rhythm, Uncut DVD, When Saturday Comes, DVD World, Radio Times and on the website Music365.