Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
British singer/songwriter Kate Bush introduces three music videos from her 1989 album The Sensual World in this interview-studded compendium of the same name. Originally commissioned for a VH1 special, the Q&A footage and snippets from Bush's earlier videos appear in their entirety only on the British edition, while most of the extras have been edited down or eliminated from the American release. Both versions, however, contain the three videos Bush conceived and directed from the album: the title track, "Love and Anger," and "This Woman's Work." The clip for the ethereal, Irish folk-inflected "The Sensual World" features the singer frolicking amid a woodland fantasia, as befits a musical adaptation of Molly Bloom's soliloquy from James Joyce's Ulysses. "Love and Anger," a more straightforward rock number, likewise features a more traditional band-style video, complete with cameos from Bush's musician brothers and longtime boyfriend/collaborator Del Palmer. The third song, "This Woman's Work," was originally commissioned for the scene in the film She's Having a Baby in which Kevin Bacon's character waits anxiously while his wife (played by Elizabeth Perkins) endures a difficult childbirth. Bush's staging forgoes clips from the film, instead reimagining the visuals as a single, highly stylized extended take that belies the artist's roots in mime and the theater. For her next record, The Red Shoes, Bush wrote and directed The Line, The Cross & the Curve, a 45-minute short film co-starring Miranda Richardson.
alternative-rock, music, rock-music, singer