Hounds of Love

Noble & Brite Ltd
Release date
13 May 2011
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) 5:00 356,160
2 Hounds of Love 3:02 199,027
3 The Big Sky (Special Single Mix) 4:34 15,234
4 Mother Stands for Comfort 3:06 102,090
5 Cloudbusting 5:11 191,956
6 And Dream of Sheep 2:46 102,976
7 Under Ice 2:21 103,478
8 Waking the Witch 3:39 87,042
9 Watching You Without Me 4:06 88,695
10 Jig of Life 5:05 89,818
11 Hello Earth 6:12 81,503
12 The Morning Fog 2:35 82,851

About this album

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.

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  • Ka_Ching

    What Kate Bush album isn't a masterpiece?

    6 Jun 3:57pm Reply
  • I0000days

    A pattern of unceasing nurturing for hope only suggests that the rejection of a fully accomplished becoming exists, a pathological clinging to doubts that is unconsciously nurtured to the same degree. It often happens that for the common person it is the after-contrast of a tedious catastrophe simulacrum that makes space for the beauty of ordinary life; contrast that is triggered through nihilistic bullocks dressed as vertical-spirited philosophical art. The elevated person, however, knows that the dark side of a contrast doesn't seek to potentialize its brighter companion, but only attempts to reduce its absolute supremacy. The pessimistic agenda of humanity goes on thanks to the souls of those who preserve this very mindset, and I am willing to reject all their wonderful musicality for this sole reason.

    28 May 10:48am Reply
  • EDsebert


    25 Apr 5:44pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Her voice touches me here on this album album more than ever, like in the wonderful "Hello Earth". Pretty intense...

    7 Mar 7:08pm Reply
  • mhmtakff

    Her masterpiece. [6]

    26 Jan 6:54pm Reply
  • bodyelectric_

    Her masterpiece. [5] this album is brilliant

    25 Jan 6:28pm Reply
  • corky64

    Still sounds great

    8 Jan 1:48pm Reply
  • orwellaintdead

    v I feel sorry for you [2] Blanket statements like that are the WORST

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Anlyla

    Her masterpiece. [4]

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • mkdillon2008

    Her masterpiece. [3]

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • zhelnerovich

    v I feel sorry for you

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • marc2003

    i generally despise the 80s musically but the album is a rare standout for me. it really is immense.

    16 Oct 2014 Reply
  • claudiolrn

    This cover is so beautiful.

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • giovanemartins

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • UnRagazzoAdam

    Hounds of Love na Popvictims: http://popvictims.pl/2014/08/31/foto-nr-124/

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • nalepiak

    Zaprawdę doskonały album.

    26 May 2014 Reply
  • cha0sm0nkey


    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • KRainford

    OMG Fingers crossed for tickets!

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Actually_GIOS

    The 9th Wave it's coming

    23 Mar 2014 Reply
  • shinoque

    One of the finest albums ever made.

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
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