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) 5:00 348,072
2 Hounds of Love 3:02 194,736
3 The Big Sky (Special Single Mix) 4:34 13,892
4 Mother Stands for Comfort 3:06 99,718
5 Cloudbusting 5:11 187,652
6 And Dream of Sheep 2:46 100,726
7 Under Ice 2:21 101,266
8 Waking the Witch 3:39 84,941
9 Watching You Without Me 4:06 86,563
10 Jig of Life 5:05 87,728
11 Hello Earth 6:12 79,583
12 The Morning Fog 2:35 80,993

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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