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Hounds of Love

Kate Bush

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Album Review

Kate Bush's strongest album to date also marked her breakthrough into the American charts, and yielded a set of dazzling videos as well as an enviable body of hits, spearheaded by "Running Up That Hill," her biggest single since "Wuthering Heights." Strangely enough, Hounds of Love was no less complicated in its structure, imagery, and extra-musical references (even lifting a line of dialogue from Jacques Tourneur's Curse of the Demon for the intro of the title song) than The Dreaming, which had been roundly criticized for being too ambitious and complex. But Hounds of Love was more carefully crafted as a pop record, and it abounded in memorable melodies and arrangements, the latter reflecting idioms ranging from orchestrated progressive pop to high-wattage traditional folk; and at the center of it all was Bush in the best album-length vocal performance of her career, extending her range and also drawing expressiveness from deep inside of herself, so much so that one almost feels as though he's eavesdropping at moments during "Running Up That Hill." Hounds of Love is actually a two-part album (the two sides of the original LP release being the now-lost natural dividing line), consisting of the suites "Hounds of Love" and "The Ninth Wave." The former is steeped in lyrical and sonic sensuality that tends to wash over the listener, while the latter is about the experiences of birth and rebirth. If this sounds like heady stuff, it could be, but Bush never lets the material get too far from its pop trappings and purpose. In some respects, this was also Bush's first fully realized album, done completely on her own terms, made entirely at her own 48-track home studio, to her schedule and preferences, and delivered whole to EMI as a finished work; that history is important, helping to explain the sheer presence of the album's most striking element — the spirit of experimentation at every turn, in the little details of the sound. That vastly divergent grasp, from the minutiae of each song to the broad sweeping arc of the two suites, all heavily ornamented with layered instrumentation, makes this record wonderfully overpowering as a piece of pop music. Indeed, this reviewer hadn't had so much fun and such a challenge listening to a new album from the U.K. since Abbey Road, and it's pretty plain that Bush listened to (and learned from) a lot of the Beatles' output in her youth. [Those seeking to hear the full, exquisite sonic range of Hounds of Love (or any of Bush's pre-1990s albums, for that matter) should ignore the U.S.-made EMI America CDs and go for any of the British CD editions, either individually or in the This Woman's Work set; or, better still on Hounds of Love, the boxed edition with bonus tracks released in conjunction with EMI's 100th anniversary in 1997.]

Customer Reviews

She can do no wrong!

This is one of Kate's best albums...incredibly creative, musically gifted and emotionally evocative. Not to mention the flood of memories from am amazing time of life...the 80's! Her songs all fill me with a very peculiar feeling of longing and hope mixed together...enjoy her gifts of song and lyric....

After all this time

This is still a great work. Many times a piece of music or album is defined by the era in which it was created and in some ways that is true here. The use of the fairlight is in evidence all over this album but still it holds up as a timeless classic. Back in the days when decisions were made about song placement and which side a piece of music should occupy great attention was paid here to the 9th wave B side of the album which is stronger in some respects than the A side (though Running Up That Hill is still my favorite song she ever produced) Some would rate The Dreaming as probably her most creative endeavor and it is also one of my favorites but I feel this album captured something she was hinting at on The Dreaming. This world she weaves seems seamless to me. And the songwriting as a whole is more cohesive on this album. To me this is her seminal work, not to be topped. I fell in love here and never got out again.

I just can't.

It's too brilliant to describe in words. You don't just listen to this album, you experience. Her perspective and story telling skills go hand in hand with how the music is arranged. Her vocals are just mind blowing. I'm going to die or something because of how beautiful this album is.

Biography

Born: July 30, 1958 in Bexleyheath, Kent, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most successful and popular solo female performers to come out of England during the last several decades of the 20th century, Kate Bush was also one of the most unusual, with her keening vocals and unusually literate and complex body of songs. As a girl, Catherine Bush studied piano and violin while attending the St. Joseph's Convent Grammar School in Abbey Wood in South London. She also amused herself playing an organ in the barn behind her parents' house. By the time she was a teenager,...
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