50 Words for Snow

Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2011 Ratings: #8 / 968
Year End Rank: #38
User Score
Based on 194 ratings
2011 Ratings: #76
Liked by 8 people
November 21, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fish People / Label
Art Pop, Ambient Pop / Genres
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The Skinny

It’s 50 Words for Snow’s improbable fusion of drama, magic and absurdity that makes it so compelling.

The Guardian

50 Words for Snow is extraordinary business as usual for Bush, meaning it's packed with the kind of ideas you can't imagine anyone else in rock having.

NOW Magazine
One of the year's most imaginative albums.
The Telegraph

To let her quietly beautiful 10th album whisk you away you need a more reflective setting. 50 Words for Snow should be heard standing alone at icy window panes, gazing out.


It’s absorbing and enchanting without having to resort to formulaic song structures, pop thrills or radio-friendly catchiness.

Drowned in Sound

And jolly spectacular it is too, which is never a guarantee

Consequence of Sound

While looking for 50 Words For Snow, she has found 50 other original ways to express herself effortlessly, creating another intriguing piece of work.

Beats Per Minute

These tracks are sparse but airtight, haunting but unrelentingly gorgeous


Her best music, this album included, has the effect of putting one in the kind of treasured, child-like space-- not so much innocent as open to imagination-- that never gets old.

No Ripcord

If every song here had been of the same standard as the opening suite of three, and the final two, 50 Words For Snow would have been an all-time classic

A.V. Club

While the album is as icy as its title implies, there’s a dormant warmth to 50 Words that compensates for its lack of hooks.

yeah i have a boyfriend you wouldn't know him i built him yesterday and he melted in the night
Look, I get the sentiment and meaning of this album, but with tracks that are typically over 8 minutes long with little to no deviation in their sound, I found myself bored.

Kate Bush is by no means a bad or bland artist, as her piano ballads can be great, but 50 Words for Snow is sparse, lacking the power to keep me interested. The album feels like it's in front of a Yule log in a secluded wooden cabin, but I (the listener) am stuck outside this said cabin caught in a blizzard, hoping I can ... read more
Kate Bush - #10

So this is it, as of right now this is Kate Bush's last proper album. 50 Words for Snow is so peculiar in it's ambition. Rather than make any sort of direct or symbolic follow up to Aerial, this album functions like a very dense concept record, unlike anything in her back catalogue. I feel like the only way to get a full experience from 50 Words for Snow is to listen to it on a long walk in the dead of winter after a snowstorm.

The album overall is very beautiful with ... read more
Heartbreaking, painful, bleak whilst being romantic and hopeful. A touching listen that does feel a bit hard to listen to again but the experience is worth it.

Best Track: Snowflake
Worst Track: Misty
Snowman looks like he really wants Kate to suck on his carrot nose
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Track List

  1. Snowflake 
  2. Lake Tahoe 
  3. Misty 
  4. Wild Man 
  5. Snowed in at Wheeler Street
  6. 50 Words for Snow
  7. Among Angels
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Added on: September 12, 2011