Kate Bush (Hounds Of Love)

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The Album

Kate Bush (Hounds Of Love) was released on 16 September 1985 as the artist’s fifth studio album. Marketed by EMI, the album was a commercial success. In 1986 it received a nomination for Best British Album from the Brit Awards. By 1998 the album sold 1.1 million copies worldwide. Most of the album was recorded using the new Fairlight CMI synthesizer.

Released in 1985, “Hounds of Love” is the fifth studio album by the iconic British singer-songwriter Kate Bush. Widely regarded as a masterpiece of art-pop and progressive rock, the album is a testament to Bush’s boundless creativity, exceptional songwriting, and extraordinary vocal range. With “Hounds of Love,” Kate Bush solidified her status as one of the most innovative and influential artists of her time.

The album is divided into two distinct parts: the first half, titled “Hounds of Love,” features a collection of individual songs, while the second half, “The Ninth Wave,” is a conceptual suite that tells a story of a person lost at sea, exploring themes of survival, fear, and hope. This dichotomy showcases Kate Bush’s versatility and her ability to craft both catchy pop hits and deeply immersive musical experiences.

The opening track, “Running Up That Hill,” is arguably one of Kate Bush’s most iconic songs. With its pulsating rhythm, ethereal synthesizers, and Kate’s soaring vocals, the song encapsulates the album’s essence: a perfect blend of emotive storytelling and innovative production. It remains an enduring classic that has left an indelible mark on popular music.

As the album progresses into “The Big Sky,” the listener is treated to a whirlwind of sonic experimentation. Bush’s incorporation of unconventional instruments, such as the didgeridoo and harmonica, adds a unique texture to the music, creating an otherworldly atmosphere that complements her imaginative lyrical themes.

The transition into “Hounds of Love”‘s second part, “The Ninth Wave,” is seamless, as the listener is drawn deeper into a sonic narrative filled with drama and intensity. The suite’s songs, from “And Dream of Sheep” to “Hello Earth,” are connected by seamless transitions and recurring musical motifs, creating a cohesive and immersive experience akin to a theatrical performance.

One of the album’s standout tracks is “Cloudbusting,” inspired by the life and work of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich and his son Peter. It showcases Bush’s storytelling prowess, as she weaves a captivating tale of love, loss, and the desire to harness the power of the mind. The song’s infectious chorus, emotive vocals, and rich instrumentation make it a standout moment on the album.

Throughout “Hounds of Love,” Kate Bush’s voice shines as the centerpiece of the music. Her ability to convey a wide range of emotions through her vocal delivery is nothing short of breathtaking. Whether it’s the vulnerability in her ballads or the strength in her more upbeat tracks, her voice remains a powerful and evocative instrument that captures the listener’s imagination.

Conclusion

Beyond the artistic and sonic brilliance, “Hounds of Love” also stands as a testament to Kate Bush’s fearless approach to pushing the boundaries of music. The album’s complex arrangements, unconventional time signatures, and meticulous attention to detail demonstrate her willingness to take risks and challenge conventional norms.

In conclusion, “Hounds of Love” is a seminal album that showcases Kate Bush at the peak of her creative powers. With its blend of innovative production, captivating storytelling, and Kate’s mesmerizing vocals, the album remains a timeless classic that continues to inspire and influence generations of musicians and music lovers alike. It is a must-listen for anyone seeking a truly transcendent musical experience.

In 2020 Rolling Stone magazine ranked Hounds of Love as the 68th greatest album of all time.

Stranger Things

Bush’s hit single “Running Up That Hill” was featured in Netflix hit show, Stranger Things season 4. The track saw an immediate revival and it soared to number one on the UK Charts, 37 years later

Track Listing

  1. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
  2. Hounds Of Love
  3. The Big Sky
  4. Mother Stands For Comfort
  5. Cloudbusting
  6. And Dream Of Sheep
  7. Under Ice
  8. Walking The Witch
  9. Watching You Without Me
  10. Jig Of Life
  11. Hello Earth
  12. The Morning Fog

Running Up That Hill

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Lyrics

It doesn’t hurt me (yeah-yeah, yo)
Do you wanna feel how it feels? (Yeah-yeah, yo)
Do you wanna know, know that it doesn’t hurt me? (Yeah-yeah, yo)
Do you wanna hear about the deal that I’m making? (Yeah-yeah, yo)

You
It’s you and me

And if I only could
I’d make a deal with God
And I’d get him to swap our places
Be running up that road
Be running up that hill
Be running up that building
See, if I only could, oh

You don’t wanna hurt me (yeah-yeah, yo)
But see how deep the bullet lies (yeah-yeah, yo)
Unaware, I’m tearing you asunder (yeah-yeah, yo)
Oh, there is thunder in our hearts (yeah-yeah, yo)
Is there so much hate for the ones we love? (Yeah-yeah, yo)
Oh, tell me, we both matter, don’t we? (Yeah-yeah, yo)

You
It’s you and me

It’s you and me, won’t be unhappy

And if I only could
I’d make a deal with God
And I’d get him to swap our places
Be running up that road
Be running up that hill
Be running up that building (yeah, yo)

Say, if I only could, oh

You (yeah-yeah, yo)
It’s you and me
It’s you and me, won’t be unhappy (yeah-yeah, yo)

Oh, come on, baby (yeah)
Oh, come on, darling (yo)
Let me steal this moment from you now
Oh, come on, angel
Come on, come on, darling
Let’s exchange the experience, oh

And if I only could
I’d make a deal with God
And I’d get him to swap our places
I’d be running up that road
Be running up that hill
With no problems

Say, if I only could
I’d make a deal with God
And I’d get him to swap our places
Be running up that road
Be running up that hill
With no problems

So, if I only could
I’d make a deal with God
And I’d get him to swap our places
I’d be running up that road
Be running up that hill
With no problems

So, if I only could
Be running up that hill
With no problems

(If I only could, I’d be running up that hill)
(If I only could, I’d be running up that hill)

Reference

Hounds of Love – Wikipedia