John Carder Bush
Mikael Wood
November 17, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

50 Words For Snow

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Kate Bush
music label
2077
genre
Pop

We gave it an A-

Capitalizing, perhaps, on her currency among young alt-pop sirens like Florence Welch, Bush ­follows up May’s Director’s Cut with a boldly stripped-down set that distills her off-kilter ­aesthetic to its purest essence: Think tolling piano chords, swooping vocals, and loads of dreamy poetry about horses and porcelain dolls. It’s all ­gorgeous — even the 13-minute ”Misty” — but 50 Words for Snow peaks with a stunning Elton John duet on which the pair play time-traveling lovers. A-

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