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Review of I WANNA BE KATE

By Mark Lowry, Dallas/Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Monday, Sep. 14, 1998

Various artists, I WANNA BE KATE: The Songs of Kate Bush, Brown Star Records:

From an independent Chicago label comes an inspired and long-overdue tribute to the Great Ms. Bush, arguably one of the most influential female rock artists ever. The disc features no artists you've heard of (except former Golden Palamino Syd Straw, whose "The Man With The Child In His Eyes" is, sadly, one of the tribute's weakest links). Still, Bush is done justice here. The Baltimores give "Running Up That Hill" a goof-rock run; The Plunging Necklines successfully wed "Kashka From Baghdad" and "Babooshka," while Catherine Smitko and Thomas Negovan offer by-the-numbers but gorgeous renditions of Hounds of Love's "Jig of Life" and "And Dream of Sheep," respectively. The star here is The J Davis Trio's acid jazz reworking of "There Goes a Tenner," from Bush's masterful and highly experimental 1982 album THE DREAMING. Even though they've completely changed her original lyrics - something Bush fans would normally frown upon - the Trio has managed to stylishly update her noir crime story to a gangsta rhapsody.

Star-Telegram rating: 3.5 stars

- by Mark Lowry


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