Aerial (2005)

Cover of 2005's Aerial

It's just your shirt hanging
on the washing line
waving it's arm
as the wind blows by.

Kate Bush's eight studio album, Aerial, is a two-disc set released in November 2005. The first single from the album was "King of the Mountain". The song makes references to Elvis Presley and the film Citizen Kane. The track was played for the first time on BBC Radio 2 on September 21, 2005, and was made available for download as of September 27.

Aerial is one of Bush's most critically acclaimed albums. Musically, the album is an ambitious and multi-layered work, incorporating elements of folk, Renaissance, classical, reggae, and samba into an adventurous pop style. As on 1985's Hounds of Love, the double album is split into two sections. The first disc, subtitled A Sea of Honey, features a set of thematically unrelated songs including the first single "King of the Mountain", a Renaissance-style ode to her son "Bertie", and "Joanni", based on the story of Joan of Arc. In the song "π", Bush sings the number to its 137th decimal place (though she omits, for an unknown reason, the 79th to 100th decimal places). In the simple piano and vocal piece "A Coral Room", which deals with the loss of Kate's mother and the passage of time, there appear to be allusions to Atlantis, Shakespeare's "Tempest" and, interestingly, to themes of drowning, which apparently interested Bush in the 1980s on "Hounds of Love/The Ninth Wave". "A Coral Room" has been hailed by commercial media reviewers as "stunning" in its simplicity, "profoundly moving" and the "one of the most beautiful" pieces Bush has ever recorded. The second disc, subtitled A Sky of Honey, features thematically related songs linked by the presence of birdsong (the album's cover art, which seems to show a mountain range at sunset over a sea is in fact a waveform which represents birdsong). It features Rolf Harris playing the didgeridoo on a couple of tracks as he had done on her earlier single "The Dreaming" and its instrumental version, "Dreamtime" (Harris also provides vocals as "The Artist" on the disc). Other artists guesting on the album include Peter Erskine, Eberhard Weber, Lol Creme and Procol Harum's Gary Brooker. Two tracks feature string arrangements by Michael Kamen, performed by the London Metropolitan Orchestra.

On October 17, 2005, "King of the Mountain" entered the UK Downloads Chart at number six and by 30 October, it became her third highest charting single ever in the UK, peaking at number four on the full chart.

On November 13, 2005, Aerial entered the UK Albums Chart at number three, selling more than 90,000 copies in its first week on release. On the same day in Australia, Aerial entered the Australian ARIA Album chart at number twenty-five. Within five months of its release, the album had sold more than 1.1 million copies worldwide.

Aerial earned Bush two nominations at the 2006 Brit Awards, in the Best British Female Solo Artist and Best British Album categories.

On March 13, 2006, EMI released all of Bush's previous catalogue through The Red Shoes, including The Whole Story, on compact disc with cardboard cases made to look like the original vinyl prints.

Album Tracks (Disc One):

1. King of the Mountain
2. Pi
3. Bertie
4. Mrs. Bartolozzi
5. How to Be Invisible
6. Joanni
7. A Coral Room

Album Tracks (Disc Two):

1. Prelude
2. Prologue
3. An Architect's Dream
4. Painter's Link
5. Sunset
6. Aerial Tal
7. Somewhere in Between
8. Nocturn
9. Aerial

Source: Wikipedia