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Hounds Of Love

Kate Bush

1985

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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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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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5

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ew 80s

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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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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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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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5

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

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5

Running up that hill got good beats

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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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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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5

Wow. Forgot how amazing this is

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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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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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5

Timeless. Brilliant.

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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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5

BANGIN

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5

Wonderful!

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5

Absolute bona fide classic. Easy 5*

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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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5

Brilliant

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5

What a weird, cool, beautiful album

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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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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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5

first ever listen to that, great album

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5

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

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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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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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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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5

Love Kate Bush.. want.. Kate Bush!

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5

Easy five stars.

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Sublime!

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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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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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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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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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5

Goddess

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5

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

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5

Classic and a beautiful voice!

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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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5

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

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5

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

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5

Lovely and wintry

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5

Meni jedan od onih svršenih albuma.

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5

iconic, showstopping, life changing, whatever

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5

she is The moment

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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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5

Very possibly one of the best albums ever

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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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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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5

Hermoso, excelente disco

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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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4

Nice

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4

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

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4

Great voice, great rythms, specially the last tracks.

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4

Cute but maybe too 80s sometimes

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4

Loved this

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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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4

Delightfully surprising, bordering on the Macabre.

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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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4

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

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4

8

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4

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

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4

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

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4

So much going on. Sounds incredible.

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she's a legend

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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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4

Belle ambiance, reconnu quelques classiques.

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4

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

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4

80s to the max

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4

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

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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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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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4

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

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4

Just amazing

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4

4 stars

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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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4

Classic. Never heard all way through before.

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4

Super album 👌

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4

Kate is great

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4

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

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4

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

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4

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

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4

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

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4

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

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4

Great album

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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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4

Superb.

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4

Classic

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4

So good.

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4

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

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4

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

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4

Ugh.

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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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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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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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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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4

liked it

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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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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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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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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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4

not as annoying as I expected

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4

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

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4

Gott stöff

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Great first side but

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

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

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

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

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1985. Key Songs: Running Up That Hill, Cloudbusting

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Cool concept album, I particularly like the B-side with the orchestra and choir, especially the Irish song.

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Lovely 80‘pop...enjoyed it more than I expected. Also, didn‘t know that „running up that hill“ was originally by her...but I also lik the Placebo cover of the song.

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Stimme okay. Musik 80s okay. Hat mich nicht gestört zu hören, hat mich aber auch nicht umgehauen. Hat auch nicht Interesse nach mehr geweckt. Die zweite Hälfte war etwas abwechslungsreicher. Die Fiedel und die Choräle waren interessant, aber der männliche Sänger (?) weniger. Hat sich insgesamt ausgeglichen, aber gleichzeitig waren die Einlagen zu unterschiedlich und zu weit weg von der ersten Hälfte, dass sich das Album schon wieder nicht mehr richtig für eine einheitliche Stimmung eignet. Interessant, aber nicht zufriedenstellend.

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Favorites: Hounds of Love, Mother Stands for Love Running up that Hill: interesting synths - 0.75 Hounds of Love: Very fast-paced - 1 The Big Sky: meh - 0.5 Mother Stands for Comfort: i love everything here, from the beat to the synths, to the vocals - 1 Cloudbusting: Violins coupled with vocals makes me feel like I could be flying through the clouds - 1 And Dream of Sheep: meh - 0.5 Under Ice: interesting dark vibe, but still meh - 0.5 Waking the Witch: hearing clips of incessant British voices is very annoying - 0 Watching you Without Me: Very soft and beautiful song - 0.75 Jig of Life: I like the use of the Irish jig for a pop song, but it’s still an Irish jig - 0.5 Hello Earth: Novel and too long - 0.25 The Morning Fog: love the acoustic guitar picking in this song - 0.75 Total: 7.512

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Classic 80s!

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Lots on this album that was new to me, not all to my taste

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it was OK, but not my thing

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Production quality not as good as O expected from her , album got weird during second half and it got a weird pacing but overall a good album

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Running up that hill is a great song

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Very good

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Orimligt mycket bättre än förra Kate Bush albumet jag fick upp? Det här tyckte jag faktiskt om! Verkar vara innan det blev på tok för skumt. Jaa men bra iaf!

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I like the concept/ideas Kate Bush does more than the execution, unfortunately. I really wanna like her, but it doesn't get there all the way for me. She's kind of a mix between Tori Amos and Bjork for me. "Running up that Hill" is a classic though, perfect 80s electronica-darkness. Definitely more of a Bjork fan here. 3.5 down to 3.

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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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great pulse, donna summer-esque, but too repetitive

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definitely different

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I appreciate the unique sound and experimental pop, though I don't particularly enjoy most of it. If I heard this without context and had to guess when this music was from I would have probably guessed much later than 1985, a testament to its progressive sounds and the influence it has had on other musicians.

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Strong opening which gave way to some self indulgent tracks but Kate is so charismatic she carries it off

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Pretty good album. Thank god she wrote the running up that hill song!

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Pretty good

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Solo recordaba el éxito y nunca escuche el disco, buen aporte

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Arranca muy bien con "Running up that hill" y "Hounds of love", luego todo depende más de su voz y canciones más ligeras. Hay toques de folk que también me han gustado. Los 80 no fueron tan malos en perspectiva.

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it's good.

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No es mi estilo pero me ha molado

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First song was great and then it slowly went downhill.

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Unique but not my cup of tea, a lot of fillers between the thrillers.

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Not bad

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Starts off strong. Really enjoyed the Jig, but the Witches one was a bit odd.

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Some stellar tracks but as an album it’s not that consistent.

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Some very good songs. The rest were decent if not mind blowing.

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good stuff, hadnt listened to her before.

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I quite liked this one, especially side 1. Running up that hill  .. . is a damn good hit and remains easy to listen to decades later. Her vocals were also very strong.

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It's Kate Bush, it's alright. She has a distinctive vocal style which I like, and some creative instrumentals

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Very strong first couple of tracks, with the first being the most successful single on the album and probably my favorite. The album gets progressively more experimental-sounding and "out there" towards the end, which is admirable but falls flat on a few tracks. I'd probably stop halfway through on future listens.

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good but fairly unlistenable if that makes sense

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I quite like Running Up That Hill. The rest of the album was sort of mixed bag, but in the end just not really spectacular enough to really grab my attention.

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Meh

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That was a strange journey. There is some beautiful experimentation that seems to combine the familiar and foreign. I definitely feel there is a dip in quality after running up that hill but it picks back up once you hit "Jig" on the album. It's weird and sometimes weird for the sake of weird. I don't feel she is a good singer, barking and hissing out her words, but I feel she would make a great producer (or at least an interesting one).

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Mother Stands For Comfort is probably my favorite from the album because of the weird instrument sounds. However I wasn't a fan of Waking the Witch and the songs after that.

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3 stars alone for the opening two tracks. There’s some genius stuff here but its just a bit weird for me to score any higher.

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Not my cup of tea. Some great songs but personally I feel like its overrated

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Melhores: Mother Stands For Comfort, Jig Of Life e Cloudbusting

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It was ok. Experimental 80’s pop?

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Two recognisable classics among the more esoteric songs. Cloudbusting stood out to me from the new songs.

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I had a pretty hard time connecting to Kate Bush's art pop album from the mid 80s. The 80s production works well, and Bush displays a lot of talent in concept, lyrical work and performance. But I just couldn't connect to the album in general, everything came off quite distant to me for whatever reason. Maybe it's an album that needs more listens to find those connections but it may take a while for me to be inspired to try it again.

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Great 80’s vibes. Dig the use of percussion. Fun styles sprinkled throughout the album.

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Not bad. Love running up the hill. Rest not much beat to it.

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I can certainly appreciate this album as “art”, it picked a direction and really went with it. Maybe it’s an acquired taste, as I started listening I found it pretentious, grating, and almost unlistenable, but I warmed up to it by the time I reached the end. I thought there were some things that were really interesting production-wise and the lyrics are evocative and well-crafted.

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Not typically my type of music. I enjoyed the first track a lot, it’s one I knew. The rest of the album ranged from weird and not great to pretty good. I won’t revisit this but can see it as a step towards stronger female singers

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Love the 80s but not too 80s vibe of this album. The first song is absolutely amazing... unfortunately it kind of goes downhill from there. Songs are a little unremarkable and end up getting stranger throughout. Cool use of effects at their disposal. Might end up giving it another listen but maybe not.

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Some crackers but got a bit samey near the end.

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Dated, but also simultaneously way ahead of it's time. It's neat, experimental, and feels like my head is stuck in the clouds, while also having a solid narrative. I liked it. Frozen lakes man. Fuck that.

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Fun 80s new wave album. Cool to hear early electronic tracks like these.

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Ik ken eigenlijk alleen de bekende nummers van Kate Bush. Zo'n album is eigenlijk veel minder irritant dan ik had verwacht. Gewoon best een leuke zangeres met redelijk mainstream pop-muziek alsnog. Favoriet blijft "Running Up That Hill" maar ook nummers als "Cloudbusting" zijn leuk om naar te luisteren. ***

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3+ All over the place but interesting.

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Prachtig album met een enkel hitje erop, wat een stem

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dystopian pop, reminds me of that apple commercial where she throws the hammer though the screen.

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Only a few good tracks

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Was so excited to listen to this - I love Kate Bush. But never given a whole album the time of day. I liked a few of these well enough, especially the first track, but most of it I found a bit...meh. I think I prefer 1979 Kate Bush

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Listened to this a week or so ago. Why? So I could articulate why Kate and Tori are different blends of tea.

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fun

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The first few tracks were quite nice. A lot better than her other album. The final few tracks were a bit too folky or weird for me.

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I don't think I've listened to a full album by Kate Bush before. "Running Up That Hill" was the only song that was familiar to me from this album. Bush has a good voice, and there are songs that I like from her. I don't feel a desire to come back for the full album again.

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Jig of life très bon Le reste un peut lent, voix onirique Asmr avant même son invention

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Haunting if a little repetitive.

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hmmm i appreciate the atmospheric sound but it's not for me

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Not my personal favorite, but not bad.

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Un très bon album de Kate Bush qui sera utilisé vingt ans plus tard comme bande-son de l'émission Koh Lanta.

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Not a fan of the synth pop on the first side, I feel like this style of music has not aged well at all. I get it was novel at the time but a lot of music seems to have suffered to simplistic boring overuse of synth. However, the second side is an extremely creative concept album with all kinds of different sounds and songs, regardless of my opinion, it’s an undeniable work of art. So 3 stars for being half weak and half awesome.

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Enjoyed this album….

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Forgive me for I hate it.

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Dated garbage.

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that aint it for me dawg

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Nyt ei ihan osunut mutta selvisin läpi

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Nearly 3 star but don't like her voice. Mostly just ok. Some songs I liked

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Meeeh, para de me mandar musica ruim dos anos 80

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Don’t like pop music

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This album sounds like it looks

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Didn’t like it as much as I thought i would

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It was okay.

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Good for Kate Bush

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weird

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Geinig voor 1 keertje

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Love the first two tracks. Bit weird after that

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had only ever heard the singles. Turns out theres a reason for that as the rest is pretty poor.

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I couldn't get through this album. Opening song was okay but that's about it.

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OK but goes on a bit

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Decent but not my favorite

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Not my cup of tea. However, I must say it felt the album got better and better with each song. Some interesting elements. I could hear this music at a cult\folklore film. I was not aware of this singer.

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Not really for me - reminds me too much of Old Eldon Square

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I didn’t like this album in ‘85 and am sorry to say I still don’t like it now. While I can appreciate the lyrics and song craft, the way in which it’s presented leaves me cold. Hounds of Love is a great song but can’t help thinking of Dylan’s version of All Along The Watchtower versus Hendrix’ far superior take on it. As for Hounds of Love, give me the Futureheads version any day of the week. Two tracks stood out for me. Under Ice and Waking the Witch, both of which were inventive. As for the rest, they seem to be parodies of what a bad 80’s pop song should be, particularly ‘The Big Sky’ complete with ‘diddly-die’ backing vocals.

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Really forgettable woman pop music. I already forget what most of the album is like even though their were some cool, new sounds on it.

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very dark at times. not my thing, but not bad.

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This feels really dated and sort of overly intense and like it is taking itself too seriously. I'm not hearing what critics rave about in this album - it felt boring, and I was glad when it was over.

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Not my style, like the vibe, but Kate's voice here sounds off to me.

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So there’s music on this I quite enjoyed but I struggle with her voice personally. I’m just glad she let Utah saints sample cloudbusting. I take back that I’d sooner listen to Dylan - that’s not true. This wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I expected so a very solid two on the basis I will still never go back

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Really promising start that quickly gives way to more tedium. I just don’t get the fuss about Kate Bush. This bored me immensely

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Album was mediocre across the board except for Waking the Witch, which was very weird compared to everything else and the only song that really caught my attention aside from A Deal with God.

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I struggle to understand how this makes the list. Not good, but not bad enough to merit much discussion. 😶

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Only disliked "jig of life" and the rest were ok. Some nice tunes, but can't give it 3 stars.

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Melodramatic,contrived bullshit

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It was okay.

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It was a total meh for most of the time and then came the cringe with that witch song… she sings ok

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Drückend powerpoppiger als das vertracktere „The Dreaming“ was zu Lasten der Tiefe geht. Hit Produktion und dazwischen recht biedere 80er Jahre Songs. Wird’s ab „Waking the Witch“ etwas vertrackter so nimmt die Qualität der dann überwiegend experimentelleren Song nicht wirklich zu. Ein wenig enttäuscht. 2.4

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Some great songs and a wonderful talent but I wasn't totally on board with the entire album. Waking the Witch was particularly poor. I will listen again and hope to be proven wrong.

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Don't Like the voice

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I hear the influence Kate Bush likely has on modern music. Not my cup of tea.

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Her voice is just really unpleasant to me

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Not liked

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Yuck. I cant take listening to her shrilly voice. People sure didnt question things while sniffing pounds of cocaine. Better than the other Kate Bush album I listened to so Ill go 1.6

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Not for me. Weird af. Space music

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It seems to be an excellent example of the 80s synth-pop sound. But I’m having a hard time trying to differentiate it from any other song in a similar genre that I am familiar with. I won’t go out of my way to listen to it again.

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The best part of this album was it was the 3rd and final Kate Bush album on this list. That means I don't have to listen to more Kate Bush.

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Very 80s. A bit like Cindy Lauper. First time I ever listen to her

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Interesting pop album. First song was ok but everything else was meh and skippable. The jig song was even more questionable. 2.2/10

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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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Ethereal almost gospel like

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Horrible

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Garbage

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not a fan

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Not a big fan

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Not for me.

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not for me!! so very british...didn't absorb any of the lyrics/storytelling

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Didn't like it.

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Stunning array of tunes

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She's different. Not too bad actually. Reminds me of James.

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