Kate Bush - Hounds of Love (1985)
I've been wanting to do this review since I began this account, but I've genuinely been delaying so as to do proper justice to this masterpiece. Kate Bush's output up to this point had consisted of OK to decent albums with some amazing singles like "Wuthering Heights", "Babooshka" and "Army Dreamers", but on this album is where all the stars aligned. This album consists of 2 halves, the Hounds of Love section from "Running Up That Hill" to "Cloudbusting" and The Ninth Wave from "And Dream Of Sheep" to "The Morning Fog". The Hounds of Love section has all the singles, and is definitely the more accessible portion of the album. It begins dramatically with "Running Up That Hill", which blends nicely into the grand "Hounds of Love" and "The Big Sky", which suddenly shifts into the beautiful ballad "Mother Stands For Comfort", finally concluding excitingly with "Cloudbusting". The Ninth Wave is not as good, however it still has its strengths as it embraces Bush's more experimental side. It begins with "And Dream Of Sheep", the most beautiful track on the album, before heading towards Tracks like "Under Ice" and "Waking the Witch" that have a drastic change in tone both musically and tonally for the album. Towards the end, we get tracks like the long and mature "Hello Earth", leading into "The Morning Fog". Normally, I don't like my reviews to be a track-by-track breakdown, but to properly dissect how Bush pulled off this masterpiece, it almost needed to be done due to the way this album takes the listener all over the place so incredibly.
Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God), Hounds of Love, The Big Sky, Mother Stands For Comfort, Cloudbusting, And Dream Of Sheep, Watching You Without Me, Hello Earth, The Morning Fog
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