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Review of I WANNA BE KATE

By Liisa Ladouceur, Chart, October 98

Various Artists
I WANNA BE KATE: The Songs of Kate Bush (Brown Star)

With all the Kate wannabe singers in the public eye of late, one could easily fill a tribute to the great songstress with crap. Happily, fan Thomas Dunning has assembled an eclectic collection of interesting interpretations on I WANNA BE KATE. The acts are indie and unknown (most from the Chicago area), but their tracks prove them worthy. There are some female singers here (Nora O'Connor is stunning on "The Saxophone Song") but it's the sounds you don't expect that make this work. The Moviegoers give "Hounds Of Love" an indie-pop make-over; "There Goes A Tenner" becomes a jazzy hip-hop track in the hands of The J Davis Trio; Mouse's "Coffee Homeground" is gritty and The Baltimores make her biggest hit, "Running Up That Hill," into a twisted surf-punk sing-a-long. All in all, a solid compilation that shows how Kate Bush's influence extends beyond her most obvious followers.

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- by Liisa Ladouceur


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