Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love

Hounds of Love is a self made album that any fan of pop music should make an effort to listen to at least once. Bush’s use of effects and overdubbing as well as synthesizers is something to be admired. The album was created in a recording studio that Bush built herself in the barn behind her family house in 1983, there she was able to work at her own pace because paying for studio time was too much for her to afford. Bush started as a child star at a time when the music industry was  stagnant, many companies were looking for the next big thing and Bush was a promising opportunity.  Hounds of Love is comprised of lots of small demos that Bush made and then added to them over time, redoing them or adding to them. The album has been described as ”dramatic, moving and wildly, unashamedly, beautifully romantic” by Sounds Magazine. However a lot of the publicity used to promote the album was more focused on Bush’s body as opposed to her musical ability her label EMI promoted her with “a poster of her in a tight pink top that emphasized her breasts” promoting her more as a female body than a legitimate artist. Bush had more success in the UK than she had in the US as many of her songs weren’t radio appropriate. In the sense that most of her music had a visual aspect to it “her genius is still ignored here – a situation that is truly a shame for an artist so adventurous and naturally theatrical” – Spin Magazine. The album consists of several musical styles “traces of classical, operatic, tribal and twisted pop”, the first few songs, particularly Hounds of Love are very pop-y. As the album progresses it becomes more experimental and obscure. The best example being “Waking the Witch”, this song seems to be comprised of recorded phrases and synth effects and then there’s a single piano playing in a lower register. Out of all the songs on her album this is the only one that I wouldnt consider music and more of contemporary piece. Overall I would recommend this album to others, at least to say “I’ve listened to the best piece of work Kate Bush has ever made”.

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