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HOUNDS OF LOVE

Kate Bush

 

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4.11 | 261 ratings

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Gatot
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3 stars As far as musical concept, I believe that Kate Bush is very prominent and talented in composing and performing her music. This proves to be right with this "Hounds of Love" album. Her previous critically acclaimed album "The Dreaming" was considered successful by fans and British rock music critics. Right after the success of "The Dreaming" she spent few years in the country finding critical components for her next album "Hounds of Love". This album did not attract me personally at first spin due to the fact of recording quality which put emphasize on mid-range voice and dry bass sound. This kind of voice did not sound good to my ears but it grew on me with couple of spins even though it required efforts to digest the music.

The music of "Hounds of Love" blends mainly the components of R&B combined with world music as indicated by the roles of percussion throughout the album. Unlike the music of her hits "Wuthering Heights" or "Moving", this album does not really focus on catchy melody even though some tracks have some nice melodies. Melody might not be considered by Kate as she might have decided to move away from pop music which typically focus on melody. Track no. 4 "Mother stands for comfort" (3:08) which has better melody compared to its previous three tracks. The piano work augmented with tight bass lines make this song better. The following track "Cloudbusting" (5:10) also has poppy melody augmented with string arrangement, followed with piano-based mellow track "And dream of sheep" (2:45). My favorite track is "Jig of life" (4:04) which has elements of Scottish music and energetic style. This tracks moves beautifully with "Hello Earth" (6:13) which has nice melody.

Overall, this is a good album that showcases Kate's talents in composing and producing an album which has unique characteristic of its own. In a way, some of the music reminds me to the Peter Gabriel's music but it does not apply throughout the whole album because it's different and original. That's why I always regard Kate as one of excellent composer and singer. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |

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