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HOUNDS OF LOVE

Kate Bush

 

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4.11 | 261 ratings

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5 stars Kate's masterpiece and possibly my favourite album of all time. "The Dreaming" was good but alienated a few people who thought it too weird. Some of the singles from it flopped badly ("There goes a tenner"). "The Hounds Of Love" changed all that. Self-produced in her own studio, it is a part-concept album.

Running up that hill This was the first single from the album and is one of her best known songs. Features one of my favourite Kate moments - the harmony vocal on the "come on baby" bit.

Hounds of love Back in the charts again recently. Driven by the drums, a song about being overwhelmed by love . Some people might find the dog impressions a bit silly.

The big sky One of my top 5 Kate songs, this was apparently a riposte to her critics. A really upbeat song. Great video.

Mother stands for comfort My least favourite song here - I've never quite managed to get the rhythm behind it. It's about a murderer.

Cloudbusting I've heard this described as "stately". Driven by strings, this is based on "A Book Of Dreams" by Peter Reich, being the story of a man who invented a machine to make rain from clouds. The video features Kate with Donald Sutherland and is heartbreaking.

And dream of sheep This is the start of the epic "The ninth wave", which tells of a woman who is lost at sea, facing death by drowning, and the tortured night she spends in the water. A beautiful piano-based song, nobody can sing songs like this better than Kate

Under ice/Waking the witch/Watching you without me/Jig of life The continuation of "The ninth wave". "Watching you without me" features a backwards vocal which still sounds backwards if you play it around the right way. Jig of Life is an old Irish tune discovered by Kate's brother.

Hello earth I've reviewed this separately as this and the following track are the highlights of the side. "Hello earth" is similiar in feel to "And dream of sheep" and also features a "monks choir" which gives it an eerie feeling. It fades out with Kate whispering "go to sleep, little Earth" then bursts into...

The morning fog Another of my top 5 Kate songs. Features John Williams on guitar. The line "do you know what, I love you better now" makes the hairs on my neck stand up. A fantastic end to a classic album. I wouldn't give out 5 stars to many albums but this is without question one of them.

The remastered version is the one to get - much better sound and includes good remixes of "Running up that hill" and "The big sky". Also features the extra tracks from the original 12" release of The Big Sky, including the beautiful "My lagan love" which Kate sings unaccompanied.

chopper | 5/5 |

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