Aspects of The Sensual World
This is a wonderful little extra jewel leftover from the constellation of songs on The Sensual World. At first listen, even several listenings, I tended to think of Be Kind to My Mistakes and Im Still Waiting as being interchangeable, but eventually I could hear them asserting their identities more clearly; now Im quite fond of the latter and will probably come to love the former as well in time. But for me the two must-haves on this CD single are the instrumental version of The Sensual World (for obvious reasonsits gawjus) and Ken.
Ken always cracks me up, because its just so unlike anything Kates ever done before or since, and also because its a mock-celebration of a politician who was momentarily key and probably not expected to be around in a few years time. Yet now Ken Livingstones been re-elected Mayor of London, after winning the post by vote upon its reinstatement after all those years, and dear old Red Ken is doing well enough at least that even Private Eye isnt rabidly attacking him every fortnight. I still cant decide which is funnierthe beginning of Kates vocal with its scream and breath-kick (I heard from a major Kate fan that she had to get completely soused to loosen up enough to produce such a silly mess of vocal noise), or Kate yelling who is the funky sex machine??? Probably the latter, because when you actually picture Ken Livingstone when she sings that its entirely too silly.
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