Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Dave Sumner
The 1980s possessed an incongruous hope for the future against a backdrop of possible nuclear annihilation, as if in the darkest of times, society retreated to a naive state. This is a generalization that doesn't, obviously, represent the entire gamut of human experience, yet it was there all the same. The majority of singer and composer Kate Bush's music came from that decade, and there was always something about her music that seemed representative of that cloak of innocence; a touch of fairy tale magic, even when singing about loss, heartbreak or the cost of war. Since then, cynicism has been adopted by much of society as the interface with the human experience, and so it's supremely refreshing that singer Theo Bleckmann embraced the magic and optimism from which the source material for Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush sprang. Of the fourteen album tracks, all but two were recorded in the 1980s, half of which were released on Bush's Hounds Of Love (EMI, 2000).
An appealing aspect of Bush's music has always been her lack of self-consciousness in baring her heart and soul through her music. It's the kind of thing that is easy to mock, but the correct reaction is to respect the hell out of it. Bleckmann shows the same courage Bush displayed when recording the original versions. ... read more...
Tributee: Kate Bush.
Personnel: Theo Bleckmann (vocals); Caleb Burhans (vocals, guitar, strings); Henry Hey (keyboards); Skúli Sverrisson (electric bass); John Hollenbeck (drums, percussion).
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