Thursday, January 05, 2006

2005 Out Through the In Door : Adulthood & Sisterhood

Two wonderful female artists had a glorious comeback this 2005, with impressive albums and a more mature approach, each one in her personal style, taking her own special path of music.


Six years have passed since princess Fiona Apple had dropped When the Pawn...(*), six years that were all filled with a pile of rumors about an upcoming new album. The basic story, which might be different from different sources, claims that Apple's record company, Epic, had actually censored the album and put it on hold since they were afraid the sales won't be that successful. Another version of the story was that Fiona herself decided not to let the first version of the recordings to be published, because she felt they were not good enough artistically. So, basically, we ended up having a bunch of camp-fire tales, and one loyal organization, "Free Fiona" who actually made some waves and had a very sacred goal of letting the archived recordings free.

Extraordinary Machine finally saw thy light of day in Septemer, and turned out to be a gorgeous, deep and surprising work. Fiona had much matured from her last (and amazing!) album, and this one marked a real progress with her communicating with the listeners and practicing some unforgettable tunes like no way before. She is only 28 but she has been in the music business in a long time, fighting demons and being quite angry and restless in a troubled Jazzy way. She might be as restless as back in her young days, but it seems Fiona Apple had a great time in turning all these energies of hers around and finding just the right formula of dark manner with a more sweetened approach. And it WORKS, just like an extraordinary machine.

* = "When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'Fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights And if You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land And if You Fall It Won't Matter, 'Cuz You'll Know That You're Right."

Click here to watch the video for Parting Gift!

Kate Bush was quite matured and settled right from the beginning, when she was only a teen and scoring a strong, unforgettable hit with Wuthering Heights. During her career, spanning about three decades, she was never a victim of music fashion and fading trends. Kate Bush has always been a musician of her own right and standards, mainly with her tremendous and dramatic yet childish vocal pop delivering. I tend to find Kate Bush not only a respected artist, but also a superb and impressive actress. Since her last album, The Red Shoes, 12 years have passed them by, finding Bush at 2005 as a full-time mother and still an enchanting woman. The doubled Aeriel came out in November, and was all spotted with little personal dots of her everyday life. King of the Mountain, Aeriel's first single, was a dumbfounding song and was presented with a colorful and sweet video gently inspired by Citizen Kane's Rosebud and a cute flying Elvis suit.

Kate Bush was never worried about her art being or not being popular by the charts, but made music from the heart that had the ability to enter other hearts as well. Aeriel is no different by any means than any of her other efforts - it's another Kate Bush work: unpretentious and honest like no other.

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN VIDEO



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