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HOUNDS OF LOVE

Kate Bush

 

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This music is so compelling. I can't explain why, I just know that it takes something inside of me and doesn't let go. I remember well hearing the first track all the time on the radio in 1985 and really liking it. It was different, it was brilliant as far as I was concerned. I didn't buy the album back then unfortunately. I say unfortunately because this is a special recording. It's divided into two halves.The first "Hounds Of Love" is made up of five tracks that look at different aspects of love.The last section "The Ninth Wave" is based on the story of a woman lost at sea who is under the threat of drowning. Through these seven tracks we get a glimpse of her thoughts, fears, feelings, memories, hopes etc.

"Running Up That Hill" has this relentless beat that goes so well with the song title. The squonking synths only add to the intensity. "Hounds Of Love" is such a great song as well. The dual drums and the cello as Kate sings in a more shrill manner at times. You can just feel her excitement. I remember it too. "The Big Sky" is catchy with drums, percussion and vocals standing out. Nice bass too. Some clapping later. "Mother Stands For Comfort" features some really good bass along with piano and drums with Kate's vocals. Some breaking glass too. Kind of experimental and haunting. I like it. "Cloudbusting" is so uplifting. Drums and strings along with Kate's vocals lead the way. This just sounds so good.

Next up is the 7 song concept "The Ninth Wave". " And Dream Of Sheep" is heartbreakingly good. Just Kate and piano. Gorgeous. The lyrics are outstanding as the woman is in the water, weak and wanting to sleep. Some whistles and bouzouki too. "Under Ice" is another fantastic tune. I like the violins to open as vocals join in. Desperation. Cool track. "Waking The Witch" is her battle inside with her thoughts about why this is happening to her. Vocal samples come and go to open with piano. It kicks in at 1 1/2 minutes. This is experimental.Intersting to hear the helicopter from "The Wall" which she thanks PINK FLOYD for in the liner notes (for the permission to use that sample). "Watching You Without Me" has this relaxed beat with double bass and vocals. "Jig Of Life" is very Celtic sounding with bouzouki, uillean pipes, fiddles and whistles. What a catchy track. Great sound. Spoken male vocals late. Intense. "Hello Earth" is so moving for me. Piano, strings, choir, uillean pipes, bouzouki and atmosphere. Haunting late. "Morning Fog" is the final track, it's morning, light is cast upon the sea. She sings "I am falling like a stone". And dreams of being able to kiss the earth, to say "I love you" to her mom, dad, loved ones and brothers. It's a bright and hopeful tune. Love the bass in this one.

Easily 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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