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Aerial
by Kate Bush

Kate Bush reviews
Critic Score
Metascore: 81 Metascore out of 100
User Score  
9.2 out of 10
based on 23 reviews
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This double-disc set is the influential singer-songwriter's first album in a dozen years.

LABEL: Sony
RELEASE DATE: 08 November 2005
DISCS: 2 discs
GENRE(S): Alternative, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

What The Critics Said

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100
Playlouder
'Aerial' towers over the vast majority of even this year's embarrassment of riches.
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100
The Guardian
It is filled with things only Kate Bush would do.
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100
Entertainment Weekly
Considering the length of her hiatus, this is a remarkable surprise.
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100
Mojo
Kate Bush is the greatest living British artist in song and this is her masterpiece. [Dec 2005, p.96]
91
Stylus Magazine
Aerial isn’t perfect, but it is magnificent.
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90
musicOMH.com
Like all ambitious double albums, [Aerial] is not without its flaws, but even Bush's moments of failure are much more interesting than those of her contemporaries.
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90
Q Magazine
You could lose yourself for days here. [Dec 2005, p.142]
90
Neumu.net
Over two CDs the music expands towards novel-like richness.
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80
All Music Guide
There's no pushing of the envelope because there doesn't need to be. Aerial is rooted in Kate Bush's oeuvre, with grace, flair, elegance, and an obsessive, stubborn attention to detail.
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80
Billboard
Despite her prolonged absence, Bush sounds as vital as ever.
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80
The Onion (A.V. Club)
It's a stirring return to that special place behind the eyes of Kate Bush, where every raindrop contains universes within universes.
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75
E! Online
The songs don't always match the brouhaha surrounding their arrival, but there's no denying the exquisite craft on display.
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70
Dot Music
A more satisfying album intellectually than it is musically.
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70
PopMatters
Even if Aerial doesn't set the world on fire, it's good to hear Kate Bush again, and to hear a record that sounds so organic and grounded.
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70
Prefix Magazine
Even without the quirky, theatrical pop she offered in the 1980s, she has held up beautifully after her long hiatus from recording, creating a record that is very much her own.
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70
New Musical Express
'Aerial' has more than its share of static, but the highs are more than worth the lows. [12 Nov 2005, p.45]
70
Blender
She balances her freakiness by matching her sublime chirp with grounded glories. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.93]
70
Under The Radar
At times Aerial feels like such a grandiloquent monument to sweetness and motherhood and baroque English chamber pop that it gets a bit queasy. [#12, p.94]
70
Paste Magazine
It's great to have her back. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.100]
67
Austin Chronicle
This is Kate Bush's domestic album. Listen to it stoned on a Sunday afternoon.
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64
Pitchfork
Far be it from me to criticize happy endings, but in musical terms, a comfortable, even-keeled existence sometimes comes out as isolated and ordinary art.
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60
Uncut
A madly ambitious, darkly despondent and goofily exuberant grand folly of a record. [Album of the Month, Dec 2005, p.98]
50
New York Magazine
Too much of Aerial fades into a soft-focus background of soothing synthesizers, murmuring bass, and twittering birdsong.
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What Our Users Said

Vote Now! The average user rating for this album is 9.2 (out of 10) based on 237 User Votes
Note: User votes are NOT included in the Metascore calculation.

Filip gave it a10:
Aerial isn't magnificent, it's perfect. Just aerial perfect.

barbra d gave it a10:
Forget the therapist - listen to this. Stunning

David gave it a10:
Simply divine. A true artist at work. Kate's music makes most of today's award noted music pale in comparison. Here here to a truly great double CD.

MICHAEL W gave it a10:
It's like visiting another planet. No, make that another universe. Kate Bush succeeds in drowning the listener in a tub full of honey. It's not sickening sweet as one would imagine, more softer textures prevail here that resonate like a quick shot to the gut. I confess, I'm hooked. How can something so delicate pack such a powerful punch? Feel as though I've been ambushed by a thousand butterflies. Delicious insanity.

nick a gave it a10:
Well after a 12 year gap the question everyone wants answered is has it been worth the wait? Most definitely yes, Kate makes the album shes always wanted to and her genius is let loose completely on this double album. The first cd titled A Sea Of Honey is typical Kate with perhaps the best ever song about numbers, as with any Kate album she does take alot of risks but even when she occasionally becomes a bit too self indulgent or takes a risk too far musically shes still wonderfully eccentric. The second cd titled A Sky Of Honey is where she lets it all out and brings together things that you think how does she make that work? the sound of birdsong, and especially wood pigeons are all brought together beautifully to give an organic start to some of the songs, in a sense this grounds the listener. Although the second cd is quite conceptual in nature there are some wonderful songs and beautiful choruses, after the first listen you want to go back and listen again to check you didnt miss something, theres so much going on here and most of it is beautifully drawn together. This album takes to you to far away places in your mind, at times haunting, beautiful, eccentric, innovative,it takes chances, it pushes the listener and rewards them. Simply put this album is like a snow capped mountain rising above the clouds,it leaves the majority of todays so called music deep in the valley below! A wonderful return from Kate, its great to have you back but please dont make us wait another 12 years.

noland w gave it an8:
After a listen a sea of honey left me cold.A sky of honey made me hot and horny.I allway wanderd what it would be like to have sex with Kate Bush after to hearing A sky of honey I nkow.

Curt B gave it a9:
This release may take multiple listens to fully appreciate it's many qualities.

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