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Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush

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Theo Bleckmann: The Soul Of Kate Bush

Theo Bleckmann: The Soul Of Kate Bush

Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush

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Jazz singer Theo Bleckmann tackles Bush's classic "Love and Anger" with a sharp mind and a soulful heart. /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jazz singer Theo Bleckmann tackles Bush's classic "Love and Anger" with a sharp mind and a soulful heart.

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Tuesday's Pick

Song: "Love and Anger"

Artist: Theo Bleckmann

CD: Hello Earth: The Music of Kate Bush

Genre: Jazz

Maintaining an artistic identity while interpreting Kate Bush's music is a chancy venture: With her emotional lyrics, theatrical flair and intricate arrangements, Bush leaves a powerful imprint on everything she writes. So it's especially triumphant when jazz singer Theo Bleckmann gives an enthralling reading of her classic "Love and Anger" on Hello Earth, his new album of Bush covers.

Bleckmann's band loosens the rhythmic feel of "Love and Anger," making it more suitable for jazz interpretation without sacrificing its surging momentum and bucolic sensibility. His limpid baritone soars amid the sumptuous rearrangement, as he conveys the song's themes of unspeakable hurt, disappointment and the thorny process of forgiveness and liberation.

Bleckmann articulates this jumble of mixed emotions with sonic and sentimental clarity, especially in the hopeful yearning of the song's questions: "Can you find it in your heart to let go of these feelings?" "What would we do without you?" Grasping and then expressing the meaning of Bush's words takes both a sharp mind and a soulful heart. Bleckmann brings both to the fore with idiosyncratic ingenuity.

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Album
Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush
Artist
Theo Bleckmann
Label
Winter & Winter
Released
2011

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