Kate Bush – Director’s cut (2011)

I can’t stop thinking

A whole album with remixed or re-recorded songs from two previous albums? Well, I guess it could have been great, but this album is somewhat disappointing to me in the end anyway. As it is a re-mix album, it doesn’t feel like a full, or worthy, album to me.

The songs aren’t any of the strongest to begin with, with some notable exceptions. All the vocals are re-recorded as well as the drums as I understand it. Some songs are re-recorded and in fresh versions. The new sound is sometimes an improvement but not always.

I do however love the more mature voice of Kate and her singing full of expression, wohoo whoop whoop. She is acting the songs out in her performance, with added colour.

“Flower of the mountain” is “The sensual world” with updated lyrics as Kate got permission to use lines from James Joyce’s “Ulysses”. It is a slight improvement, mostly due to Kate’s voice.

“Song of Solomon” is quite good, I like the singing. Wop bam boom.

“Deeper understanding” is updated with a horrible result. The use of vocoder and modulation of the singing make this version unlistenable. It’s a pity really. Mercifully enough it is placed as the first track on one side, so I can skip it easily when playing the album (on vinyl).

One of Kate’s very best songs “This woman’s work” is a completely new re-recording and the song is now very different. The song is sung in a lower tone and slower with a dreamy ambient feeling. I like it, but I don’t love it 3000. Perfection is hard to improve upon, you know. It’s like a truly great song is hidden beneath the surface and it’s trying to get out. That great song is found on “The sensual world”.

“Moments of pleasure” has been re-recorded as a beautiful ballad with Kate and a grand piano. To me this version is even better than the original version on “The Red Shoes”. I really like the chorus humming instead of singing.

“Never be mine” is offered in a heavily remixed version. It’s stripped down, has jazzy drums and is more dramatic. The singing is in a lower and deeper tone, as on most of the versions on “Director’s Cut”. Quite a nice update.

“And so is love” has not been changed a lot in the re-mix but some of the lyrics have been updated which is exciting. In the original version she sings that life is sad, in the new one the lyrics are changed to “life is sweet”. One hopes that Kate was in a better place. The guitar play from Eric Clapton is still there thankfully.

The last song “Rubberband girl” is re-recorded in a new version. This version is whacky, and I like it as I found the original version to be too boring and sounding like generic radio-pop.

Compared to an original studio album this is not up to par, but it should maybe not be viewed as such. We get three re-recorded songs, all new vocals from Kate and some updated lyrics which all is great. But “Director’s cut” is still “minor Kate Bush” in my book. An album only for the connoisseur.

My rating: 5/10

Side A:

  1. Flower of the mountain
  2. Song of Solomon
  3. Lily

Side B:

  1. Deeper understanding
  2. The red shoes
  3. This woman’s work

Side C:

  1. Moment of pleasure
  2. Never be mine

Side D:

  1. Top of the city
  2. And so is love
  3. Rubberband girl

Songs improved; “Flower of the mountain”, “Moments of pleasure”, “Never be mine” and “Rubberband girl”

Produced by: Kate Bush

Media: Remastered 180 gram 2 x vinyl, gatefold, reissued in 2018 (part of Remastered In Vinyl III)

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