50 Words for Snow

Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2011 Ratings: #8 / 920
Year End Rank: #38
User Score
Based on 161 ratings
2011 Ratings: #61
November 21, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fish People / Label
Art Pop, Ambient Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

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

100
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.

100
NOW Magazine
One of the year's most imaginative albums.
100
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.

90
musicOMH

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

90
Drowned in Sound

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

90
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.

90
Beats Per Minute

These tracks are sparse but airtight, haunting but unrelentingly gorgeous

85
Pitchfork

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.

MinatoArisato
70
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
zaxapitsa
NR
For hardcore romantics only.
Doofy
69
Snowman looks like he really wants Kate to suck on his carrot nose
EMR
62
Kate Bush returns from a long period of studio album silence with an ambitious, sparse and abstract work. Few records have received such an accurate title in recent History. 50 Words for Snow is a slow-burner experience about the wonders of the white rain. It is an utmost gelid effort, with long tracks that carry some beautiful representations of the album theme. Kate Bush shows why she is pointed as one of the most acclaimed art-pop artists of all time, following yet another direction in her ... read more
GABRIELinHELL
80
Very good
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Decade Lists

#191/Pitchfork (2010s)

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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