Hounds of Love

Hounds of Love

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by Kate Bush
     
 

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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 …  See more details below

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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. [Those seeking to hear the full, exquisite sonic range of Hounds of Love (or any of Bush's pre-1990s albums, for that matter) should ignore the U.S.-made EMI America CDs and go for any of the British CD editions, either individually or in the This Woman's Work set; or, better still on Hounds of Love, the boxed edition with bonus tracks released in conjunction with EMI's 100th anniversary in 1997.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077774616423
catalogNumber:
46164

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kate Bush   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Voices,fairlight
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki,Bodhran
Eberhard Weber   Bass
Youth   Bass
John Williams [guitar]   Guitar
Brian Bath   Guitar,Background Vocals
John Carder Bush   Vocals,Background Vocals,Narrator
Paddy Bush   Harmonica,Mandolin,Violin,Balalaika,Vocals,Background Vocals,Didjeridu,Vocal Harmony,Fujara
Stuart Elliot   Drums
Stuart Elliott   Drums
Richard Hickox   Vocals,Choir Director,Choir Master
Kevin McAlea   Synthesizer
Charlie Morgan   Drums,Hand Clapping
Alan Murphy   Guitar
Liam O'Flynn   Pipe,uillean pipes
Del Palmer   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,fairlight,Linn
Morris Pert   Percussion
John Sheaham   Wind
Richard Thickox   Vocals
Danny Thompson   Bass,Double Bass
Medici Sextet   Strings
Johnathan Williams   Cello
Jonathan Williams   Guitar,Cello
John Sheahan   Fiddle,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)

Technical Credits

Kate Bush   Producer
Michael Kamen   Orchestration
Michael Berkeley   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Haydn Bendall   Engineer
James Guthrie   Engineer
Paul Hardiman   Engineer
Dave Lawson   String Arrangements
Del Palmer   Programming,Engineer
Brian Tench   Engineer
Nigel Walker   Engineer
Bill Whelan   Arranger
Ian Cooper   Cut
Bill Somerville-Large   Engineer

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Hounds of Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is something you won't forget once you've heard it. I was with a friend at home and she started to play this album, and I was shocked by the beauty and love of it. The next day I went to the store and bought it. i dind't regret it (if you by this album and you don't like it right away listen to it again, I am shure you will like it)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is not only kate's best album but is the best album ever made. the songs are so ritch and beautiful. this album kan be devided in two parts: Hounds of Love(track 1/5) and The Ninth Wave(track 6/12) the Ninth Wave is one of the most darkest and strange things. all songs are coffered with hondreds of sound effects. it's an album that you must have in your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the first time I listend to it I was blown away by the beauty and the strengt of it. It's sensual, dark, mystical, hounting and adorible. the ninth wave (the second half from the album, tracks 6/12) is land post in the history of music because it's so strange, it gives you a strange fealing. my favorites are: Running up that hill, mother stands for comfort, under ice, wacking the witch and hello earth. this is something you won't regret buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is kate's most dark and beautiful album. She proved for the first time how strong her work is, and became a respectable artist. This album also meant her brake-trough in ''The States''. This album can be devided in 2 parts, the sensual and strong ''Hounds of Love'' (track 1/5) and the dark and mistycal ''The Ninth Wave'' (track 6/12). This album also contains Kate's biggest hit since Wuthering Heights (witch is included on ''the kick inside'') Running up that Hill (a deal with god), witch is her finest work ever. You realy must buy this album.Hear the beauty of ''The Nith Wave. It's worth it. ''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Favorite tracks: "Cloudbusting" "Hounds Of Love" "And Dream of Sheep" Least favorite: "Hello Earth"
Singing-Nurse More than 1 year ago
Stange, wonderful, gets stuck in your head.
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