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Hounds Of Love

Kate Bush

1985

Hounds Of Love

Album Summary

Hounds of Love is the fifth studio album by English singer Kate Bush, released on 16 September 1985 by EMI Records. It was a commercial success and marked a return to the public eye for Bush after the relatively low sales of her previous album, 1982's The Dreaming. The album's lead single, "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)", became one of Bush's biggest hits, giving Bush her second number 1 UK single in June 2022. The album's first side produced three further singles, "Cloudbusting", "Hounds of Love", and "The Big Sky". The second side, subtitled The Ninth Wave, forms a conceptual suite about a woman drifting alone in the sea at night. Hounds of Love received critical acclaim both on its release and in retrospective reviews. It is considered by many fans and music critics to be Bush's best album, and has been regularly voted one of the greatest albums of all time. It was Bush's second album to top the UK Albums Chart and in the US, it reached the top 40 on the Billboard 200. It is her best-selling studio album, having been certified double platinum for 600,000 sales in the UK, and by 1998 it had sold 1.1 million copies worldwide. The album was nominated at the 1986 Brit Awards for Best British Album, at which Bush was also nominated for Best British Female and Best British Single for "Running Up That Hill". In 2022, the album re-entered various charts, including reaching number one on the Billboard Top Alternative Albums, due to the appearance of "Running Up That Hill" in the Netflix series Stranger Things.

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Rating

3.51

Votes

5614

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Singer Songwriter
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Thu Jul 29 2021
5

Kate Bush isn’t really a songwriter. She’s an author of strange, literary fiction. Wisps of magic (the magic of nature, especially), bizarre imagery and metaphor entwine with the usual anxieties: love; motherhood; death; making deals with God. It just so happens that rather than write her baroque, gothic literature in text, she writes it in sound. These are not songs, they’re stories, and her lyrics tell the inner lives of her characters: Cloudbusting is the yearning, revolutionary youth marching through her life (“The sun coming out… I just know that something good is going to happen… Your sun’s coming out…”); The dreamer, pushing away modernity and their companions in Big Sky (“We pause for the jet… [jet noises] What was the question? I was looking at the big sky.”). But why does she not just write stories in text then? Bush’s genius is in making the music perform the other roles in her stories - antagonist, chorus, mood-generator, weather, scene-setter - it is the canvas (to further mix the mediums) on which she paints her characters. So it seems to me she’s not all that interested in what makes a song a song, rather what makes a song a story. Every element is put towards that purpose - what will best tell this story? Your mileage may vary on how much of that you can stomach, but to me I see genius in her particular brand of storytelling. There’s no-one like her.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

Man, nothing sounds quite like this. Shame she never really caught on in the US and it always amazes me that something so experimental was able to be so popular in the UK/Europe. She definitely paved the way for other iconoclasts like Bjork, etc. Gotta respect the unbridled vision and the genreless expression. Love when artists build their own studios and go into their own little worlds.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

I believe Kate Bush was ahead of her time in '85. Minus some obvious keyboard parts here and there, Hounds of Love presents as something that could have dropped anytime in the last decade even though it's 35+ years old. Other than epic single, Running Up That Hill, I hadn't heard any of this record before today but it is really interesting and diverse. The power of her voice, songwriting, and experimentation is inspirational. Kate's experimentation and sound has obviously echoed into the hearts of artists such as Enya, St. Vincent and Florence & the Machine. Cloudbusting and Under Ice are cool dark favs of mine. What's up with Waking the Witch? Nasty. And I'm a sucker for a jig, so Jig Of Life was a really cool addition for me. Nice ending with 6-minute Hello Earth. Hounds Of Love really sounded like a soundtrack to a twisted indie film. This album wasn't major for me, but definitely triggered an urge to sample some more Bush! ;)

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

An absolute dream! Kate Bush's piano drives you into a dreamland that's equal parts dream and nightmare. The subtlety and variety of the vocal production really stands out.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

When you get an early morning message declaring excitement at the day’s album, you know it’s a good ‘un. So good, I played it over and over.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
5

How wonderful to listen to two women in a row! (Björk was yesterday. These two make a nice pair.) I've not listened to this one and didn't know anything beyond Running Up That Hill. I'm sorry I waited so long. Or maybe not. Maybe it needed to be now for me to appreciate it. Big Sky and Jig of Life were my favorites. I'm quite well taken with her voice, especially how it drops on the word "God" in Running Up That Hill. I sense a particular kind of authenticity in her music, that she's making exactly the kind of record she wants and needs to make and that makes me want to listen more. Excellent.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

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.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
1

She literally arfs like a dog during Hounds of Love and it's like the fifth worst thing that happens on this album. Best track: I honestly don't know, and I'm not going to listen again to figure it out

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Mon Sep 28 2020
5

A perfect album that I have written just... so much about. Top 10

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Sat Jun 26 2021
5

One of Kate’s very best and also of the 80s IMO. Her voice has never been more powerful, crystalline, clear and pure. And her writing is simply in a class of its own. The brilliant singles from this album speak for themselves but the experimental Side B is also a revelation. I’d give this a 4.5 but since I was so hard on Pet Sounds yesterday I’ll round this up to a 5

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

This is one of my favourite albums of all-time. It's worthy of a full user review, as it's a true classic. For those who have lived under a rock, or are born this millennium, Kate Bush is considered a true genius and this is viewed my many, as her seminal album. Side 1 has a collection of "hits", including; Running up that Road, Hounds of Love, The Big Sky and Cloudbusting. The subject matter is varied, including a mother's love for her son, who has committed murder, and exploration of dreams, with inspiration take from the Peter Reich memoir A Book of Dreams. It is Side Two that in my opinion the album flourishes. A suite of seven songs based on the same theme, under the heading, "The ninth wave". The story is of a woman/mother who has fallen through the ice on a frozen lake and is trapped, thinking of those left behind, as she fights to stay afloat and alive. Highlights for me are, "And dream of sheep" and "Hello Earth". There's even a Celtic Jig in there (Jig of Life). What an album! 46 minutes of perfection. Impossible to fault.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

Well this is one of the great pop albums, it is difficult to think of a pop album that is resonated with me as much is this one. It is a record that still holds its weight 35 years after its release,There is a time is quality that makes this album still sound young and fresh on each listen. Despite the success of this project Kate this remains an artist it was quite an enigma keeping public appearances minimal. There is something very certain about this record coming out in 1985 as I believe if this was a modern classic album Kate Bush would’ve been pushed in every angle to sell commercially and the genius buying this project would’ve been lost behind horrible chart remixes.This is one of Kate Bush strongest albums to date in my opinion and this album broke the name of Kate Bush across the world making her not only a British popstar but topping the American charts. It is a sound that was much before its time with no popstars creating a sonic landscape like this. Each of the 12 tracks and a purpose and strong identity. It is an album where I feel there is genuinely no fillers, also including one of the greatest intros of all time. The album sound light and airy like a fever dream whilst having roots of electronic music played again. There’s also something crazy about this record being a fifth album but it still self produced sounding DIY but embracing the possibilities of digital sampling synthesisers and marrying that sound with something that is technical genius and a step into the exploration of sound. Not only is it a technical step of genius that it is a project that has incredible song structures and is underpinned by voice of lyrical genius. Capers having vocals that are truly impeccable both sweet dreamy and light whilst being full of emotion and passion. When comparing the content of this records to any modern day pop record you would think the content is cheesy and cringing but there is a genius much more before its time in this project, these lyrics are now what shaped what we listen to today in popular culture. With some of the most beautiful metaphors of love. Each song is written like a poem both beautiful and definitive. The cover for this project is also work about being something truly remarkable, and Like the quality of this project the cover is something that really is up there with the greats being synonymous with Kate Bush. It is a cover which is both simplistic yes affective and you can almost hear the sounds of a spear-headed “running up that hill” bleeding through the cover. To conclude for this project there is little else that’s all I can say, Kate Bush is one of the great popstars and her work is almost on matchable in quality. It is a shame she did so few live shows and she’s not a popstar this is still going but maybe that is part of a genius – always leave the audience wanting more. No words can do this album justice, put it on for five minutes and I promise you you’ll be there for entire track list.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
5

A genuine masterpiece. Incredible vocals and orchestration, few albums achieve this level of power, beauty, emotion and passion and remain popular and even catchy. The first five tracks have to be one of the best sequences on any album ever: The haunting synths on Running Up That Hill; the snapping, urgent drums on Hounds of Love; the luscious orchestral arrangements on The Big Sky; the peculiar melodies on Mother Stands for Comfort; and that incredible violin riff on the immortal Cloudbustin’. Amazing, amazing, amazing. These opening tracks alone would earn five stars. And whilst I find the rest of the album elusive and intangible, these tracks reward repeat listening and immersion. Nobody makes music quite like Kate Bush. Iconic. What an artist.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
5

This is one of the most listened to albums of my life. It’s been in heavy rotation since I discovered it in 1987. I cherish every note. I very rarely listen to single songs off this album. I feel incomplete hearing these songs out of context. Throughout my life, artists come and go and return again as my tastes drift. But Kate Bush has been at the core of my listening without pause for over 30 years regardless of what other musical interests I may be pursuing. This album helped me navigate some of the most challenging times in my life. I am hopelessly in debt to Kate Bush. There isn’t no score high enough to reflect that.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
5

I had never listened to a Kate Bush album before now. I knew a couple of her hits from radio play, but I didn't ever really have an interest in her beyond that. I am glad that this project has brought her back to my attention. I enjoyed the album. It seemed full of drama to me...almost theatrical with the variety of sounds.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

By 1986 Kate Bush was eight years into a highly successful career which had seen her rise to be the preeminent British female pop musician of the age which an international reputation. The Hounds of Love was her fifth studio album, all her previous collections had seen remarkable changes in style. Hounds of Love continued in that vein. It benefits the listener to approach Hounds of Love as two separate collection of songs (the two sides as originally released) bound together by similar themes. Side one represents a more traditional approach to song writing with some very strong and compelling pop songs (Running Up That Hill and Cloudbusting stand out). Side two- often referred to as The Ninth Wave- represents a rich journey through musical experimentation and the lyrical exploration of life, death, and rebirth. Deliberately bold, the tracks have both a dramatic and dream like feel. Despite all of its experimentation, the female challenges to the idea of ‘progressive’ rock and the standout song writing, Hounds of Love is a reflection of some very traditional themes: love, loss and the challenges and comforts of childhood memory. It’s impossible to overstate its musical and lyrical pull. It stands at the head of the pantheon of what can be prosaically described as rock or pop music. Score: 5/5

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Did not expect to love this as much as I did. Kate bush rocks and has such a unique voice with some great songs to carry it

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

4.5/5. Almost every track slaps, and it’s the Wall for Women. Can’t go wrong 👍.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

I'd never really seen it before, but I think you can really clearly see the influence of Kate Bush on St Vincent on this record.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Kate Bush is able to pave a whimsically emotional journey for the listener. Her haunting voice, the complex poetic songwriting, the dreamlike synths and romantic piano transports you to the depths of a different world. Bush’s lyrics are spilling over with feeling and she has a natural ability to paint vivid dreamscapes with her words. Every track feels so full with expression and experimentation yet never feel crowded or too jarring. You can tell a lot of artists have drawn inspiration from her, from then and til today, and specifically her contribution to the 80’s goth and darkwave scene is definitely felt on Hounds of Love. Top tracks: Running Up That Hill/Cloudbusting Least favourite track: Watching You Without Me

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

This album is phenomenal. People will (finally) listen to Kate Bush again due to Stranger Things and it's inclusion of Running Up That Hill. And that's OK, because it is an excellent song. But the rest of the album is no less fascinating. It defies genre definitions: Pop meets Art Rock meets Folk meets Chorale .... (I could go on.) Among the twelve tracks on this album nearly every single one is different, and each has something new just waiting to be discovered. The first side (which includes Running Up That Hill) is slightly more pop oriented. Running... , Hounds Of Love, The Big Sky and Cloudbusting are real standouts. The second side is more of a concept album. The listener needs to pay more attention here, but is rewarded with excellent music. Forget everything you thought you knew about 80s music, this album is something else. 5/5

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

This is it. This is the album praised as the pinnacle of pop. Kate Bush, through her passionate songwriting and dreamy production, has gifted us the Hounds of Love in 1985. As far as anyone is concerned, Kate Bush is in her own league with this album. To just call it a "pop album" would be underselling how truly unique, how damn great it is. Some of it is cheesy, sure, but I think it's easily backed up by the incredible high moments of the album. I will say I find side B noticeably weaker than side A, making me lose interest. Incredible songs otherwise.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Is this album a bit over produced? Yes Is it a bit all over the place? Yes Do the bangers make up for it? Yes Can I forgive her for Jig of Life? I’m just not sure

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

After keeping its head above water for so long I kept thinking this had started to sink. But nearly (nearly) every time, it kept those little arms and legs paddling. The Big Sky chorus was kinda bland, I thought, but then realised the chorus was the whole song, and that it had become its own coda less than halfway through, opening the door for some spectacular drums at 1:31. Mother Stands For Comfort sounded like it couldn't figure out what to do with itself, until some imperceptible moment when not figuring out what to do with itself became its purpose. "Those strings are nowhere near enough to keep my ears awake," I said at the start of Cloudbursting. Only then it stole a march on me, celebrating its victory (and rewarding my patience) with the bass and chanting at the end. When Bush repeated the same trick for Under Ice, I concluded it was all part of the design. I still think she's limited, but now I'm satisfied that if she doesn't have the chops to pull off all her ideas, she's at least able to communicate the scale at which she's dreaming. Not only that, she works with her limitations to make it sound like she's exceeding them. I can get behind that.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
1

ew 80s

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Just a stone cold classic…. Sends you on an artistic journey. One the greatest songwriter and performers this country has ever produced!

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Tue Oct 13 2020
5

The second side is one of the finest suites of pop music in existence. The first side is also immaculate. Words fail.

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Wed Dec 30 2020
5

замечательный альбом, очень броский вокал, аранжировки блещут могуществом и небесной нежностью, слабых песен практически нет и с точки зрения технической все даже сейчас выполнено на невероятно актуальном уровне. 10 из 10.

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Wed Dec 30 2020
5

Very progressive sound for 80th, but it's not experemental at all

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Running up that hill got good beats

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

Incredible man. Also how many times you seen this album cover and not noticed the dogs? The first three are like tip top openers for me and I love all that weird shit. Contemplated dropping to 4 for the end of Hello Earth but cmon, it's the fucking bomb innit.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Rating it 5 stars because, well, Kate Bush. This isn't even my favorite album of hers but she is consistently amazing.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Wow. Forgot how amazing this is

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

One of the greatest pop albums of all time. The standard by which I hold pop music. 9-10/10 1. Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) 2. Cloudbusting 3. Hounds of Love

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Mind blown! Love hearing the original of songs I didn’t even know were covers. So cool and great album especially considering the 80s.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Timeless. Brilliant.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

BANGIN

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Wonderful!

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Absolute bona fide classic. Easy 5*

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

I wish I had listened to Kate Bush earlier. Only exposure before this was a few singles here and there and "Don't Give Up"

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

Brilliant

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

What a weird, cool, beautiful album

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

Epic album. Each song a story and accompanying videos more like films. Musically more controlled by Kate in her newly built home studio using amongst other things the Fairlight CMI synth.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

first ever listen to that, great album

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

I know the classics, but haven't listened to a whole KB album for - it was absolutely gorgeous

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

Amazing album. I'm really surprised that I somehow missed her during the 80's. Granted, she's more in my wheelhouse now than she would have been then, but this album is an easy 5 stars.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
5

This one is a masterpiece, I think, within its niche which is perhaps narrow, but important to the evolution of Pop overall.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

Love Kate Bush.. want.. Kate Bush!

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

Easy five stars.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
5

Utterly brilliant. Fantastic. Running Up That Hill and Cloudbursting are gamechanging songs.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

Great!! Reminded me of Florence + the Machine!!

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

kate bush is an icon, love her so much!! one of my favourite albums everrrr

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Great album. Was already listening to it the day before it came in the album generator.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Sublime!

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Sun Oct 10 2021
5

The fifth Kate Bush album and the first her album I have listened. Well It's magical! Sounds so dreamy and experimental. Album has got a deserved platinum / gold statuss un many countries. It's just amazing!

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Sun Oct 24 2021
5

I was SO happy to listen to this album today. Although a review I read said that this album helped define 80s music, I thought that it really sounded timeless. "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" has always been one of my absolute favorite songs of all time, so there's that. And of course "Cloudbursting" is another great one, enough so that one line from it made a hit for Utah Saints. The second "side" is pretty magical. "Waking the Witch" has always been mind-blowing. I love the journey this set took me on, and I recommend listening to it in the chilly autumn rain, as I did. I love the mix of instrumentation (from synthesizer to strings), sound and voice samples, and of course, Kate Bush's amazing voice. Going back to the timeless comment, it really stuns me that Kate Bush was the first female British artist to top the charts with a song she wrote herself. I'm so happy she paved the way for so many other creative souls.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

Interpretin: Kate Bush Geschrieben von: Kate Bush Produziert von: Kate Bush An ihrem eigenen 24-Spur-Mischpult im der Scheune hinter ihrem Elternhaus. Modern, visionär, zeitlos. Verspukt und großer Pop. Weiblich. Stark. Schwach. Fucking Brilliant!

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Goddess

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Surprised me, a couple of excellent tracks, sorry tom.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

Classic and a beautiful voice!

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

One of the very few albums that I would consider "flawless".

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Lovely and wintry

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

Meni jedan od onih svršenih albuma.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

iconic, showstopping, life changing, whatever

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

she is The moment

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Sun Jan 02 2022
5

5 star album. Absolutely love the hits on side 1. The drowning nightmare Ninth Wave suite on side 2 is much more \"difficult\", thought-provoking and arguably impenetrable in a delightful Kate Bush manner. Glad of its inclusion in the legendary Before The Dawn concerts.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Some folk feel Kate’s voice sucks the steam out of a song, like an oven hood’s flu, but I don’t mind it. Some crackers on here, and plenty covered by other bands- a testament to the song writing.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Very possibly one of the best albums ever

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Number two from Kate Bush, and it's the album heralded as her pop masterpiece. Certainly more accessible than The Dreaming, but it's still weird in the best ways. So much on here to love, so many amazing and emotionally powerful tracks. The melody of Running Up That Hill is so beautiful, and to hear it half-remembered in Waking Up the Witch is just chilling. There's even a wonderful Irish jig, but not just any jig: the Jig of Life. Man, she's some kind of evil genius. It feels premature to give this a 5 on first listen, but I gave The Dreaming a 4 and very quickly realized it should've been a 4.5 or higher so consider this a redemption. The album is undeniably amazing. I don't know which I'll end up liking more between this and The Dreaming but they both belong in the classics camp. Favorite tracks: Running Up That Hill, Hounds of Live, Under Ice, Waking the Witch, The Big Sky, Cloudbusting, basically all of it. Album art: Glamour shots by Deb energy. Today is the first time I'm noticing the actual hounds, I feel like a dunce. It's a great dreamy picture, and the border and text feels so DIY, I kinda like it. I prefer The Dreaming's cover but this is good too. 5/5

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Hermoso, excelente disco

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

Очень мелодично и разнообразно для своего времени. Завораживает

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

I am not familiar with KATE BUSH‘s HOUNDS OF LOVE, except for my nephew bringing the album to my attention recently, Thanks to 1001 Albums, I previously reviewed THE DREAMING (1982) which I gave it a 5 star review. So I am looking forward to reviewing this and other KATE BUSH albums. After listening to HOUNDS OF LOVE, I appreciate the two different sides like on a LP. With the second side The Ninth Wave dealing with the subject of water/drowning. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, KATE BUSH - HOUNDS OF LOVE Is joined by the subsequent album: THE SENSUAL WORLD (1989) and the previous album THE DREAMING (1982) which I previously reviewed. Rate Artist: KATE BUSH (5.0) Rate Album (Year): HOUNDS OF LOVE (UK 1985 Original) (5.0) Ranking of KATE BUSH - HOUNDS OF LOVE songs Side one: Hounds of Love No. Title Length Ranking 01. "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" 5:03 10.0/10 02. "Hounds of Love" 3:02 10.0/10 03. "The Big Sky" 4:41 08.5/10 04. "Mother Stands for Comfort" 3:07 08.5/10 05. "Cloudbusting" 5:10 08.5/10 Side two: The Ninth Wave 06. "And Dream of Sheep" 2:45 08.5/10 07. "Under Ice" 2:21 09.5/10 08. "Waking the Witch" 4:18 08.5/10 09. "Watching You Without Me" 4:06 10.0/10 10. "Jig of Life" 4:04 10.0/10 11. "Hello Earth" 6:13 09.0/10 12. "The Morning Fog" 2:34 10.0/10 UK 1985 Original Release 111.0/120 = 9.25 / 2 = 4.63

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

This was an often played CD in my Minneapolis years. Though it came out in 1985, I don't think I listened to it until 1988 or 1989. Like all music of this era, it conjures up a lot of sensory memories of where I was when I listened to it.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Hab den Verdacht das Album ist mit so meine letzte “pure” Musikexperience, bei der ich einfach nur verzaubert war. Das Album ist eine eigene Welt für sich und auf eine Art und Weise zeitlos, dass das Jahr 1985 neben dem Cover nichts zu bedeuten scheint. Produktion, Vocals, Songwriting — alles richtig groß und schön. Insgesamt fällt mirs ein bisschen schwer das zu rationalisieren im Moment, lieb das Album einfach.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Einer der Höhepunkt und Schlüsselmomente für experimentellen Pop. Das Album ist alles und nichts, man kann es nicht auf den Punkt bringen und ich glaube genau das wardas Ziel. Von Pop-Hymnen über Soundcollagen bis hin zu Folk bekommt man hier wirklich alles um die Ohren geschmissen. Das funktioniert besonders gut auf Platte als Medium. Während Seite A deutlich poppiger und zugänglicher ist befinden sich die zumeist experimentelleren und verfrickelten Lieder auf Seite B. Es steht fest dass das Ganze großartig ist und das Kate Bushs stahlende Stimme verbunden mit Streichern, Synthbeats und allem anderen gerade auf diesem Album nochmal mehr triumphiert als sowieso schon. Es ist einfach nicht zu replizieren und fängt den Kitsch und den Mut der 80er in der Mitte des Jahrzehntes gleichzeitig perfekt ein. Ich mag hier nicht jeden Song gleich, allein schon weil Running up that Hill, Hounds of Love und Cloudbusting perfekte Pop-Songs sind und sich schwer im Direktvergleich mit den experimentelleren Titeln messen lassen. Ich würde bei RYM von meinem Hörgenuss her eine 4 geben, aber mein Gefühl der Bewunderung für dieses wahre erste Pop 2 Album sagt mir klar 5!

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Jawolll war gut u abwechslungsreich geht erst so spacy los und dann bei waking the witch dachte ich kurz mein pc wäre abgestürzt (positiv). Dass kollegah kate bush gesampelt hat wusste ich eig aber das hat mich auch völlig aus dem nix erwischt die Stelle

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Eins der wichtigsten, wenn nicht das wichtigste experimentelle Pop Album aller Zeiten. Hat so viele Grundsteine gelegt für Künstlerinnen die danach kamen. Krasse Motive, poetische Lyrics, die Vocals sind der Hammer und auch immer wieder bahnbrechend, sei es die glitchy Verzerrungen oder ganz eigenartiges Gebrülle/Gestöhne wie auf Waking The Witch. Eigentlich Wahnsinn, dass dieses Album kommerziell so eingeschlagen ist damals, es ist so left field wie nur ganz wenig aus der Zeit. Krankes Album was soll man noch sagen

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

keine zeit viel zu schreiben aber ich LIEBE ES vor allem die zweite hälfte ist der wahnsinn

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Bevor ich das anhöre, schreibe ich schonmal, dass das wirklich eins meiner absoluten lieblingsalben ist, mit sicherheit bei mir in den top 20. die erste hälfte ist pop-perfektion und mach einfach unglaublich spaß: tolle songs mit extrem starker produktion und kreativen ideen für instrumentation, alles was man sich von pop wünschen könnte. die zweite hälfte ist dann etwas experimenteller und immer noch genial: kate bush schafft hier sogar keltische musik zu integrieren. das ganze immer mit super evokativen lyrics, die immer etwas bei mir auslösen. ein satz wird auf dem album auf deutsch gesprochen: "tiefer, tiefer, irgendwo in der tiefe gibt es ein licht" So ist auch Kate Bushs musik ein Licht in der Tiefe der popmusik, damals sowie heute.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Geiles Album! Glaube ich kenne kaum Synthpop-Alben die da dran kommen, mit jedem Kritierium eigentlich

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Very pleasantly surprised by this one. I’ve had a Kate Bush album previously and it really got on my tits, I think I gave it a 2. This album really works for me today though, epic 80s production and I found her peculiar vocals charming rather than maddening. I’d probably give 4 on balance but to make up for how mean I was about her last time let’s push it to a 5.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

J'ai découvert cet album il y a quelques mois suite à une recommandation sur un groupe de passionnés de vinyles. Je ne connaissais pas du tout Kate Bush. J'ai été surpris de constater que pour un disque pop des années 80, contrairement à bien d'autres disques, ça vieilli bien. J'aime les arrangements, la voix et l'audace dans les compositions. Le traitement sonore de certains passages et l'ajout d'échantillonnages pour des éléments de textes est super intéressant. Je crois qu'elle a définitivement influencé des artistes féminines audacieuses comme Björk ou Tori Amos. Une superbe découverte. Pièce préférée: Mother Stands For Comfort

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Sun Mar 13 2022
5

She's one of a kind Kate. This is a masterpiece, not without faults, but made with passion and purpose. Got to admire someone who can sing, write, produce and play the instruments, including one the Fairlight. Unique.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

An absolute all-timer. Half concept album, half bangers.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

The best! Ever!

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

The soundtrack of my dreams!

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

I liked it. It was good. A proper album album. Hadn't listened to it properly with headphones before and I'm glad I have now. Highlights for me are "Running Up That Hill", "Hounds of Love", "Waking the Witch"

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Mon May 02 2022
5

Kate Bush is a phenomenon. I am in love with every second of this album, and it's near impossible to explain how I felt after listening. The atmosphere that was created is absolutely stunning and I have literally zero hesitation about giving this a 5.

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Sun May 08 2022
5

This was different from how I expected it - lots of spoken word and interesting samples scattered throughout. It sounded more modern than I would have thought the whole album would - I mean, I know the big tunes off the album but it was still a pleasant surprise to hear something so fresh and intriguing.

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Thu May 12 2022
5

fucking banger album 10/10

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Sun May 15 2022
5

5.0 + Awesomely weird. I love the way Kate Bush combines acoustic elements, like beautiful string section, with strange synthesized woodwind sounds. I also love the steady percussions that create tension without ever fully resolving. And her voice sounds amazing, clear and youthful but able to emit some serious growls. All of these songs are fully realized compositions, executed with precision. Even the album’s most outlandish “Walking the Wish” is a great listen.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

This album is firmly rooted in the sounds of its time, but is startlingly contemporary. It pulls indiscriminately from 80s pop, 70s piano ballads, and even progressive rock. Songs like ‘Waking the Witch’ sound as though bits of Pink Floyd’s The Wall were brought into a pop format. The album is a masterclass in pop production, arrangement, and experimentalism. It’s incredibly musically interesting and Kate Bush herself is woven throughout in a sort of now you see her, now you don’t fashion.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

I'm writing this right after the Netflix series Stranger Things made "Running Up That Hill" a hit in the charts again. But then again, I didn't really need a TV series to be at least aware of Kate Bush's magnum opus, from which this song is the opener. And on a closer listen, I can finally understand the myriad ways in which this record is a treasure trove, and why it is so loved by fans. Its first side ("Hounds Of Love" proper) is not only filled with hits but also with incredible arrangements transcending often off-kilter songwriting skills. In the realm of pop, I'm usually a sucker for verse-chorus-verse structures, but this is not really how Bush proceeds, is it? Her pop songs are more driven by very careful progressions starting from one single idea, and this is where her devilish arrangements--a lot of them handled by herself through synths and whatnot--are playing a key part. Whether they enter the scene as bass drums ("Running Up That Hill"), strings staccatos ("Hounds Of Love" and "Cloudbusting" ), or infectious, frantically slapped basslines ("The Big Sky"), such arrangements are always bringing a peculiar atmosphere that makes such pop songs one-of-a-kind, almost "goth" in their intent. *Some* of those flourishes sound admittedly a little dated today (I still dream of a version of "Cloudbusting" without that oversimplistic binary drum part, with just the strings, for instance), but even those have their quaint charms now. And Kate's vocal work is rich enough to make up for those somewhat dated flaws anyway. Such work is often mellifluous, expansive and mystical--with even Bulgarian chants overtones sometimes, not up to a Meredith Monk-level of craziness, but quirky enough to keep you on your toes. Yet this voice that muses and yodels and grunts and coaxes can also be restrained from time to time, as in the delicate "Mother Stands For Comfort", whose synths, basslines and ambiguous lyrics about the mother of a possible murderer haven't aged a day... In the second part of the record, The Ninth Wave suite, Bush then goes to a full experimental mode, and this where her genius shines the most. Even more than on the first, more "normal" side, she uses her kaleidoscopic voice the way a painter uses a color palette, adding spots and dots and streaks throughout the suite, dizzying the listener into a sonic whirlwind (I'm pretty sure Björk or Tori Amos took a lot of notes here). This second side places the listener in media res inside a loose tale about death and rebirth, something apparently disconnected from the first part of the record.... But more than this vague narrative conceit, it is the sounds and notes that are the true narrators of the tale here. Chilly synths evoke a frozen lake ("Under Ice"), voice collages of all sorts suggesting posession and curses and witchcraft bring a postmodern, Laurie Anderson-like flavor to the middle of the yarn ("Waking the Witch", "Watching You Without Me"), while uilleann pipes, fiddles and bouzouki trigger a celtic tornado that suddenly resets all expectations (thus creating a frantic "Jig Of Life" whose clever harmonies can send you to an exhilarated state, and this even if, just like me, you're not a fan of celtic music)... As for "Hello Earth" and its slow-motion clash between sinister Hollywood-style strings (arranged by film composer Michael Kamen) and eerie choirs interpolating a traditional Georgian lament, it just simply takes you to... space. There you can admire our fragile blue planet just the way that gigantic baby does ominously at the end of Kubrick's *2001* ("Hello, Earth... Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo..."). After such a cosmic trip, Kate seems to wake up, as if from a feverish dream, and offers us a very short coda in the shape of a miniature track, "The Morning Fog", a very lively pop song totally at odds with everything before, led by John Williams's licks on acoutic guitar. Here it sounds as if Bush is ready to start the day and join her loved ones, her long dream becoming just a distant memory in the space of seconds... Rarely have closers sounded so *both* out of place and yet so effective, in a way... But this should come as no surprise after so many twists and turns. Kate Bush is indeed an enigma, a true sorceress whose cauldron teems with sounds and colors and ideas. She's admittedly an acquired taste for many music fans. Yet legions of them will eventually come (back) to her, again and again. And "Hounds Of Love" being her most ambitious record, *both* in its experimental leanings and its pop instincts, it is obviously *the* one place where you must start if you want to know more about the damn witch. If said witch floats instead of sinking into you--namely, if this album goes over your head on the first listen--send her back to the river, and spin the record again. At some point, its spell will work on you, at least if you're open enough to sorcery. *This* is a wizard's promise... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 880 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 65 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 29 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 27

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

this album was a whole experience and one i wasnt ready for but added to the thrill. found one more comforting track in 'and dream of sheep'. voila babooshka

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

Really enjoyed this album. Cool synth rock type

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

A conveniently timed album to receive thanks to Running Up That Hill's resurgence on the charts from its feature in Stranger Things. And although that song definitely hooked me into Kate Bush's work, I didn't really gain a great appreciation for her until listening to this album two years ago. It was COVID time and stuck in lockdown, Running came up a lot on song radios and decided to check Hounds Of Love out. The thing that stood out the most then was The Ninth Wave suite. After some decent to great pop songs, you got a soft lullaby which after a somber gathering of clouds, bursts over Waking Up The Witch which scared the shit out of me. It was so dark and sinister after the first side being joyous and a bit happy with songs like Cloudbusting, The Big Sky and the title track. The Ninth Wave then goes to a calm state before going Celtic in Jig Of Life, a resurgence in Hello Earth and then the curtain call in Morning Fog. It was such an interesting listen as you have a pop artist whose prime was the 70s/80s and they could do both great singles, and weird as hell concepts and suites. Since then I have gotten the album on vinyl and listened to a bunch of Kate Bush's albums and though she isn't in my top 3 artists, have gained a massive amount of respect and love for her. And post Stranger Things, I am very pleased her work is in the limelight again, and hopefully some of those who came for Running, will like this album and some of her other works.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Fantastic album and Kate Bush’s most accessible. This album has really grown on me. You could draw a lot of parallels to the music of Pink Floyd which makes sense seeing as David Gilmour was the one who discovered her. The instrumentation piano/synths/drums/ lyrics are all excellent

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Had heard some tracks but recently listened the first time the whole way through because of the Stranger Things hype and it's a masterpiece. Cloudbusting huge, Running Up That Hill, Hounds of Love. That whole second side run. Love it.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

- Bruh - Wow - Like nothing else - Mad - 5

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

Timeless

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Beautiful album. Absolute classic.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Already one of my top 5 albums of all time. Score - 10/10 classic. Best song - Jig of Life, Cloudbusting, Hounds of Love Worst song - N/A

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

Incredible album from start to finish. Definitely need to listen all the way through, especially the second half. Standouts for me were Jig of Life, Hello Earth, and And Dream of Sheep.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Lovely

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

80's classic

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Classic

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

A masterpiece. If only it were longer…

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

Even better than I remember 🤩

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

la reine de tik tok

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Franchement mérité

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

stranger things!

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Glad I found this

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

An incredible album I hadn't listened to in many years. Wonky pop music always appeals and this is done brilliantly. Lots of great songs, Cloudbusting might be my favourite

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Fantastic album, one of my favorites!

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

I love this album! It makes me feel like I'm a Celtic witch running across the forest along with wolves and birds. That's the only way I can explain how I feel about it...

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Sat Oct 29 2022
5

28-Oct-2022 One of my favourite albums of all time, I would give it 6 stars if I could. Glad to see that Kate is finally getting the recognition in the US she has always deserved, thanks to Stranger Things. Hoping to see a few more ladies in this list soon, it has been a bit of a sausage fest so far!

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

I listened to this record last month. It was AMAZING. Kate Bush is one of the best artists ever! My favourite on this album is definitely Hounds Of Love.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
5

Kate Bush is absolutely a one-of-the-kind, other-worldly and extraordinary queen of art pop. It really takes a literal genius to make music quite magical like this. "Hound Of Love" are undeniably unmatched by any other album. There's nothing quite like this experience, which feels at least like an acid trip or out-of-the-body experience. What I appreciate in this album is definitely the spiritual meaning behind the lyrics and folk accents, which both are intensifying the feeling of fascination and attraction towards this music. Every single element has its own reason here and it plays a crucial role in the understanding of Kate Bush's music purpose. The album has its own dramatic yet very romantic and delicate atmosphere which I believe is impossible to replicate in any way. Favourite track: "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God), no least favourite tracks (obviously).

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

fuck stranger things for popularizing a song i already knew was one of the best of all time

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

One of several masterpieces from Kate Bush, and occasionally my favorite.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Pretty good. Pop music I genuinely enjoyed. Artistic and creative. Loved it. Will listen again and again.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
5

So ahead

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Strong ambience and very lush instrumentation. Very well made, and has excellent songs. I found it a bit inconsistent though.

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Tue Oct 27 2020
4

Nice

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Wed Oct 28 2020
4

Running Up That Hill is an all time hit, love the album but that's truly a timeless song.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Great voice, great rythms, specially the last tracks.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Cute but maybe too 80s sometimes

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Loved this

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

A weird project, but I liked it. I felt like I was in a Disney movie while listening. Favorite song is Running up That Hill. The mix of synths, samples, 80s drums, and everything else makes the sound truly unique. I will be listening to it again. 7/8.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Delightfully surprising, bordering on the Macabre.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

This is admittedly the first time I've listened to this whole record and I thought it was great. Very ahead of its 1985 time.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Big sky gives me some disco vibes, definitely 80s with some new wave. A fun pop-y listen.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

I liked it. But relistening all the way through didn't change the songs I like

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Fkn love this album, trippy and disorientating in all the right ways. Waking the Witch is straight up psychedelic

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

So much going on. Sounds incredible.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

she's a legend

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

This production style reminds me of some of Pete Townshend's solo stuff. Especially The Big Sky. I get All the Best Cowboys/White City vibes from it. Maybe it's just a sign of the times. Under Ice - I'm getting Peter Gabriel here. The backup vocals, the dark tones. Waking The Witch could have been produced by New Order. Picturing Tim Curry's devil from Legend in my mind here. Probably just me, but at the start of Hello Earth, I was waiting to hear "This transmission is coming to you..." Don't know if this makes sense, but Kate's voice is unique in an almost generic way. There's something quintessentially 80's about it. It's simultaneously ethereal and grounded. It evokes hairspray and neon and fog on the hilltop. As a whole, this album is very good. I don't know that I'd listen to the point of consuming it into the fabric of my musical being, but I don't often do that anymore anyway. Not with whole albums. I'll probably give it another go to see if there's anything to add to my larger playlist.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Belle ambiance, reconnu quelques classiques.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Running Up That Hill, Hounds of Love and Cloudbusting are absolute Kate Bush bangers. Top tier album.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

80s to the max

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Enjoyed this album very much, not every track but the ones that were great were really great.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Tres bon pour le style!originale aussi j’aime bien ca fit avec ma journee et c’est motivant 4*

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

That album cover is hilarious. Don't know anything about Kate or her Bush. Let's listen! Running Up That Hill - Oh, this is SOOOO 80s. I kind of love it so far. Hounds of Love - Another fun one. Reminds me of Heart. Big Sky - This one gets a bit wild. Frenetic energy. Mother Stands for Comfort - The first bust for me. Slow, plodding. Not great. Cloudbursting - Fun instrumentation. And Dream of Sheep/Under Ice - These kind of ran together for me. Fine Waking the Witch - HOLY SHIT. This one is nuts. Techno/Vaporwave style with all kinds of sound bytes. Watching You Without Me - Backward singing and ocean sound effects. Some vaguely bollywood sounding beats/lyrics. Jig of Life - I can't not love a bodhrán. This entire second side of the album is *WILD* Hello Earth - More chanting. This has kind of a Lord of the Rings feeling to it. The Morning Fog - A mellow end. This has been the greatest undiscovered treat of the project so far!

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

fav tracks: running up that hill, cloudbusting, waking the witch

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Just amazing

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

4 stars

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

Every song is a surprise: ballads & beats, strings, jigs, the sample from Cloudbursting that was such a hit for the Utah Saints, and the vocal manipulation at the end of "watching..." that was way ahead of its time. I remember seeing a documentary on this album that said Kate demanded 100% artistic control with zero interference from the record company. I'm glad she got it.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Classic. Never heard all way through before.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Super album 👌

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Kate is great

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

I really enjoyed Hounds Of Love. I prefer side 2 (The Ninth Wave) to side 1.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Woah, how creepy is Waking the Witch...Cool album though

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

3 of the best pop songs ever on an otherwise ok album.

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Good album. Good variety, excellent songs, well-produced.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

awesome pounding percussion - the songs make me want to go out and run up a hill - love Kate Bush

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Great album

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

I was kind of over Kate Bush. Running up the Hill has been overplayed and overcovered over the years, but I found this album to actually be pretty enjoyable.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Superb.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

Classic

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

So good.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

cloudbusting is my fave, I love Kate bush but the Witch song was strange

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

very cool album. gonna listen to more of her jamz fer shore.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Ugh.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

The first song seemed a bit repetitive, but the rest of the album had a lot of really interesting melodies and sounds. There is definitely a general genre, but each song had a lot of different ideas in it that made the whole thing seem very unique.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

I quite enjoyed the album. It isn't something I typically listen to but I found it quite enjoyable. I found it quite interesting how some of the songs tie together with one another. Each song also seems to be unique from one another. However some of the lyrics seem to be almost overpowered by the music and hard to distinguish.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Koliko hvale ovaj album, to nisu istine, ali poslušavši ovo mi je jasnije. Nije toliko savršeno kao nekim ljudima, nije mi top top, ali je kvalitetan album koji se još dosta dobro drži nakon 36 godina. Sigurno je prošlo kroz moje uši bar 4 puta pa ipak imam stabilnije mišljenje.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

3.5/5. interesting album but very hit or miss. the hits hit hard tho. favs: running up that hill, watching you without me, hounds of love.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

liked it

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Tue May 11 2021
4

I like it so far - not my usual jam, but nice and airy. Giving me "Florence and the Machine" vibes.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Kate Bush is an acquired taste 😂 Also, can we please ban all whisper-singing in songs. It creeps me out like nothing else. I can’t.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Great songs - Running Up That Hill, Big Sky, Cloudbusting, Waking the Witch, Watching You Without Me, Jig of Life Very experimental album, probably especially for the time. Hard to categorize it.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

This is one of those occasions where I'm feeling like, "Do I reeeeeeally have to explain why Kate Bush is good?" I guess it's high time I got my thinking cap around the thing. It's a completely individual sound, the only bands that sound like her are the ones that have tried and failed to mimic. It gets into your guts and wriggles them around, gives your small intestine a quick shuffle, double checks you haven't got appendicitis (You have and it deals with it with minimum fuss) and it completely empties your bowels. And whilst all this gut shuffling is taking place, you're struggling to go about your day without laughing or crying. Saying all that, this album has a slightly disappointing 'back 9' and doesn't deliver on the promise of everything up to waking the witch. It's hot stuff though.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

not as annoying as I expected

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

This was pretty good, running up the Hill was highlight.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

Gott stöff

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

Great first side but

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

A fine example of how to make the most of the medium, produce two contrasting suites. The flow of side one is a little lost through the familiarity of the singles, one of which is her finest. The second side is altogether different but still captivating.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Slightly too young to appreciate first time around ("Dad, why is that woman screeching on TOTP?") but absolutely deserves all the love and praise heaped on it over the years. The opening 3 tracks alone mean it fully deserves its spot on this list.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

This album is quite something else. I had heard about the influence that this album had on the pop 80s sound, but I had no idea that it would have so much depth. This album is two parts - the first five tracks that are killer 80s synthpop singles, and the second half which comprises of a conceptual 7-track mini-album. Although this album wasn't perfect, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and was eager to listen once more. Something about Kate Bush's voice is off-putting to me - it's shrill at times, but it feels controlled so I am not bothered by it as much. The opener, "Running Up That Hill" is a classic synthpop track that is super accessible, and it really sets the mood for the rest of the record. I should say right now that the various themes this record tackles (gender equity, unconditional love, dreams, etc.) have a lot of depth that most pop records just don't have anymore. Regardless, that iconic 80s drum fill gave me chills in the opening parts of this album. I love "The Big Sky". It keeps building and building and every addition feels like it adds to the song. Drums are a constant but they are killer all the way through the track. Oh and the ending with the chorus and the guitar solo is so good. It's my favorite of all the singles. Here are my thoughts on "The Ninth Wave", the 7-part conceptual mini-album and my favorite part of this album in particular. You see, this part of the album stands out to me not because of its concept, but because of its contrast to the first part of this record. Somehow, Kate Bush is able to make each of these two sides distinct enough to become two phenomenal EPs, but together they form its own cohesive piece of work. It's really ingenious. These last tracks are all about the experience of a woman drowning after a shipwreck. This can seem shallow at first for a concept album, but the sound is what really makes this part memorable. The sounds of the rescue crew, helicopters, and various voices calling to the woman over these 7 tracks create an incredibly ominous environment, even on dreamlike tracks such as "Under Ice". The stand-out song for me is "Waking the Witch" which begins in a somber tone with voices calling out to the woman while it quickly descends into a battle between the woman and a demon that gives the track metal undertones. It all culminates in the final track, "The Morning Fog", where Kate Bush talks about the importance of showing love towards loved ones because you never know when you'll have to leave them. What really impressed me about by this side was me actually enjoying the interesting musical themes that I usually don't enjoy blended with pop music (metal, irish bagpipes - looking at you Ed Sheeran - choral chants, etc) I was eager to return back to this record for a second listen. It is entertaining from front to back. While I do not consider this album to be perfect, I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed this album. 9/10 for sure for me.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

The eccentric 80s pop icon Kate Bush delivers a smorgasbord of sounds and themes on this remarkable album. It's dense, lush, weird, and fantastic. Where to begin? I suppose I'll start with the first half. This album does have two clearly delineated halves, and its first is a set of five watertight 80s pop songs with the signature Kate Bush flair. The standout is absolutely "Hounds of Love", one of my favorite long songs ever. Kate's impassioned cries of "Here I go!", "Help me!" and "throowwwwww them in the lake!" capture the almost terrifying thrill of falling in love. The driving violins and pounding drums fill the whole song with motion, as if you're being caught up in the whirlwind, or perhaps chased by the hounds. "Cloudbusting" is another highlight, hearkening back to Kate's habit of adapting relatively obscure pieces of classic literature into pop songs (see: "Wuthering Heights"). It's a gorgeous, lyrically touching song about Peter Reich, the son of controversial German psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich. If you had to consult Wikipedia to understand the lyrics of the song, don't worry-- so did everyone. Themes of femininity run through these first few tracks-- "Running Up That Hill" sees Kate yearning to show a man her perspective by striking a deal with God to "get him to swap our places." "Mother Stands for Comfort" is a somewhat puzzling track that seems to almost sarcastically comment on how mothers are expected to be sources of comfort for their children even when their children are horrible. The whole song is kind of creepy and laced with disturbing sound effects, as if Kate is trying to cast doubt on this whole idea. The album takes a thematic and sonic turn at track 6, "And Dream of Sheep." This particular song is gorgeous, featuring just Kate's voice and a clear, ringing piano. The track kicks off a "mini-album" within Hounds of Love entitled "The Ninth Wave" that encompasses the final seven tracks. While my years as a Lupe Fiasco fan have trained me to expect weird conceptual ideas like this, it was still a surprise to hear on a pop album. The Ninth Wave almost deserves to be treated as entirely separate from the first five tracks, which I would call Hounds of Love. It introduces entirely new sonic ideas and follows a relatively straightforward narrative about a woman who nearly dies in a shipwreck and has a series of hallucinations or dreams. Some of these tracks are genuinely creepy, like "Under Ice" and "Waking the Witch", while others are just plain bizarre-- like the obviously SpongeBob-influenced "Jig of Life." The final two tracks are both gorgeous, with "Hello Earth" being particularly stunning, though certainly structurally unorthodox. I feel like I need to treat these two halves separately in my rating. Hounds of Love is an essentially perfect 5-song EP that represents pretty much the pinnacle 80s pop. The Ninth Wave, on the other hand, is like reading an Allen Ginsberg poem-- long, weird, kind of creepy, sometimes stunningly beautiful, but not something you'd listen to often. I feel like I have to dock points from this second half to differentiate it from my favorite concept albums (TPAB, The Black Parade) that are both conceptually brilliant and sonically enjoyable. First half: 9. Second half: 7. Average: 8.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Есть в этой музыке что то одновременно и родное и совершенно бестолковое.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

Ah, another album by Kate Bush, whose music I have previously described as "pretty weird". I do like Running Up That Hill, though! So we're off to a good start. I also never realised what a banger Cloudbusting is! Yes, I realise I'm literally naming her biggest hits, but you have to admit that these are some of her most accessible songs. The rest of the album is a lot better than "The Dreaming" (the previous one I listened to) - there was just way too much screaming on that one. In between a 3 and a 4, but I'll go for a 4 because it's definitely very original and well-executed.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Great album, Running Up that Hill, Hounds of Love and Cloudbusting personal highlights. Kate's voice works really well with the music

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

I didn't know I knew who this was. I definitely have heard Running up that Hill. I like how quirky this one is. She marches to the beat of her own drum, and it's great that she explores her own questions and desires in this album. There is a lot of family, mother, father stuff below the surface here. This album grows on you.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Beautiful, dreamy, meandering. The whole album feels incredibly cohesive and warm.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Yeah, this is some pretty solid 80s Pop isn’t my jam back in the day but you know what wasn’t so bad

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Magnificent. Layered, complex, clever instrumentation and arrangements. Musically diverse but with Kate’s haunting vocals throughout. Top tracks: cloudbusting, hello earth, hounds of love

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Kate Bush présente la particularité interessante d'être une légende de la musique sans proposer de musique particulièrement marquante. La question que vous me posez maintenant, c'est pourquoi? Et bien je n'en sais rien, seul Robert détient la réponse dans son coffre fort, confectionné de sorte à ce que seul le détenteur du code secret puisse l'ouvrir.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

Yeah good stuff. Opening track is brilliant. Weirdos and creatives represent!

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Hounds of Love by Kate Bush (1985) American listeners like me may have missed this album when it came out because the people who defined our tastes were directing us elsewhere. (We have less of that nonsense today, but these same people have given us other problems that are worse.) It is no small comfort that we can catch up to culture by going back thirty five years and giving a serious listen to really good albums like this one. In a word, this album is rich. We hear nicely arranged drum machine layers, with synthesized strings spread over the top, and brilliantly selected samples and effects, peppered with intriguing instrumental flourishes. And that’s before we even get to the excellent vocals. Kate Bush’s voice is of high quality and very seductive—expressive in many modes, which are frequently delivered with jarringly swift (even Lauper-esque) shifts. It keeps the listener on his or her toes. But the lead vocal doesn’t hog the spotlight. It is rather blended into the overall sonic experience. Makes me wonder what Kate Bush would sound like doing an album of jazz standards. The second side (tracks 6-12) is a fascinatingly reflective keyboards-dominated suite exploring the emotions of a victim lost at sea. It is extraordinarily visual, with clear and engaging dramatic development, and I won’t spoil the controversial ending. My favorite track on side two is “Waking the Witch”. It comes very close to capturing the mental experience of returning to consciousness after being deprived of oxygen. (If you’ve never experienced that, well, forget it. Pick your own favorite. There are plenty from which to choose.) The closing bridge and spoken outro (at 3:02) on “Jig of Life” is poetically potent. Listen to it over and over. Please. What she does with “Hello Earth” is enthralling, especially in retrospect, after the disasters of the space shuttles Challenger (four months after this album’s release) and Columbia (in 2003, but samples of audio from its 1981 maiden mission are included at the beginning of this track). Spooky. And it’s joltingly followed by the musically counterintuitive “Morning Fog” to close out the suite and the album. Bravo. The most notable flaw on this record is that the lead vocal is sometimes too subdued in the mix, especially in passages sung in the airy lower part of Bush’s range. But the artistic wealth remains. This is really good. 4/5

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Is there a better opening than Running Up That Hill and Hounds of Love back to back? Discuss. The rest of the album never hits those celestial heights, but still, Mother Stands For Comfort is creepy in all the right ways, Cloudbusting is light and lovely, and Hiding the Witch is bonkers horror disco with Exorcist vibes. There's some less thrilling stuff and failed experiments between this, but you really can't fault it for insane levels of ambition. For a lesser artist, this album would be career suicide, rather than career defining.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Love this album when it came out and still do. It gets called progressive or post-progressive, but it's much better than that.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

I like this album. It's really dreamy, and has a sense of urgency in some parts. The last track is so optimistic. Pretty inspirational.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

This was an incredible album. Much like her last album, many of these songs left me confused. But Kate's beguiling lyrics and attitude just further the mystique around her. Under Ice was probably my favorite of the album but this is one I'd love to listen to again.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Liked the composition of the first three tracks and a few other uptempo songs mixed in but some others felt stiff. Very involved production which outshined vocals with interesting selections of classical meets pop meets synth and Irish jig. vocals were somewhat limited in range but were similarly experimental. Improved a bit on second listen. Running up that hill, Blue Sky, cloud busting. 3.5

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Solid album, second side is nice but might want to treat as two separate EPs combined into a single LP

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

This is obviously not meant for me, but Hounds of Love and Running up that Hill are great songs. The rest of the album is good if a little too theatrical.

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