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Album Review

Kate Bush, 'Director's Cut'

May 23, 2011

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Kate Bush apparently wasn’t satisfied with the original recordings of the 11 tracks here, drawn from 1989’s stellar “The Sensual World’’ and 1993’s “The Red Shoes,’’ so she decided to tinker. A few tweaks are subtle — with some original tracks remaining intact adorned with new vocals and additional instrumentation — and others are more radical. The song “The Sensual World’’ is now “Flower of the Mountain’’ and boasts some new lyrics since Bush received permission to quote more liberally from the song’s inspiration: Joyce’s “Ulysses.’’ “Deeper Understanding’’ features major processing of Bush’s vocals to give them an eerie, chopped up vibe. “This Woman’s Work,’’ one of Bush’s masterpieces, is three minutes longer, slower, lower-pitched in places, and the backing vocals and orchestration are mostly jettisoned. “Never Be Mine’’ also loses its once signature flute-like backing track and much of Bush’s keening high-pitched vocal. While Bush may see these as the definitive recordings, fans who took joy and solace in the lush originals may not be as convinced. “Director’s Cut’’ is a fine addition to her gorgeously ethereal repertoire, but it’s mainly for Bush completists. (Out now) SARAH RODMAN

ESSENTIAL “Flower of the Mountain’’