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Kate Bush


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4.13 | 380 ratings

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Hounds of Love is Kate Bush's most essential title to many of her fans and to critics alike (though not to me). Listening to Hounds it is easy to understand why. Lyrically, musically, conceptually, Hounds is an undeniable solid work of "progressive pop" music. Side one features five good single tracks, mostly pop songs but absolutely arresting in their beauty and construction. Most would be made into videos showcasing Bush's equally amazing talent in dance. My only minor complaint here is the electronic percussion, but then this was the 1980s, when it was common for percussion and keyboard sounds to be "unfortunate" to use a nice word.

Side two is the Kate Bush magnum opus "The Ninth Wave", a side long conceptual piece that was to become a film. It is on the strength of this side that Hounds is made truly special for any fan of progressive pop. Long, well constructed, and highly imaginative, it was the swan song piece for me. For me Bush's essential work was in the 1978-82 period. Hounds represents the tail end of Kate's golden era, but what a run it was. Newbies should start at the beginning and work towards Hounds. After Hounds proceed with caution.

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